This week, Charlotte interviews horror writer Alison Littlewood, whose debut novel A Cold Season made a splash when it was first released, making the Richard and Judy Book Club. Since then, she’s published another seven books, including two short story collections. While her writing predominantly falls into the category of horror, Alison is not averse to trying out different genres and writing styles.

Though she always loved reading, Alison didn’t come to writing until she was an adult. She finally took that leap by taking a local creative writing course before attempting (and completing!) NaNoWriMo. For writers just starting out, Alison’s advice is to find a great support group and a great editor, something she found with Jo Fletcher. Writing is hard but you can do it!

When asked what she hopes readers will take away from her books, Alison says ‘I hope they have a really good read!’

Books and authors mentioned in this episode include:

  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
  • Shirley Jackson
  • Graham Joyce
  • Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey