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My First Time...with Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, The RIff Raff

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett is a writer for the Guardian. She has published two books: The Vagenda, a funny feminist polemic based on the blog she co-edited, and her debut novel, The Tyranny of Lost Things, which came out in summer 2018.

We are thrilled that Rhiannon will be joining us at The Riff Raff this December...

Describe the exact moment you decided to write your book?

There was never a moment. I have always wanted to write a novel. Then there were fragments of ideas, which coalesced slowly.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before starting to write it?

How long it would take. But then perhaps I would never have bothered to start.

What did you enjoy most about writing it?

The creative freedom, which feels so different from writing non-fiction.

How long it takes, and not always knowing if it will work. Self-doubt.

What’s your go-to procrastination method?

The internet.

Go-to writing snacks?

I never eat while I write. I raid the fridge afterwards for odd combinations of whatever is available.

The book that changed you?

Love in the Time of Cholera. It saved me from a man.

Your pump up song?

Music? Never.

If you could share a bottle of wine with one writer, who would it be?

Elena Ferrante.

One piece of advice you’d give first time writers hoping to get published?

Don’t think about that, just write.

Why do you write?

Like a shark, I have to keep swimming or I’ll die.

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