My name is Carol Lovekin. I’m a writer of stories, a feminist & a flâneuse. I’m published by Honno, the Welsh Women’s Press. My first novel, Ghostbird was published in March 2016. It was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2016 & in the same year was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize. Edna O’Brien was on the list – I’ll be dining out on that wee nugget forever…
‘The author may have created a new genre, the lyrical Gothic.’
~ Eve Merrick-Williams
Snow Sisters, my second novel, was published on 21 September 2017. It was chosen by the Welsh Books Council as their October Book of the Month (for independent shops.)
Wild Spinning Girls, my third book, has recently been accepted by Honno & will be published some time in 2020.
My stories touch on the Welsh Gothic & its most powerful motif: the ghost. They concern the nature of magic & how it threads through the fabric of our lives. I explore possibilities: the fine line between the everyday & the time-shifting world of enchantment. My books are also firmly rooted in reality. I write about family relationships: how people, women in particular, respond to loss & how they survive. I set my stories in Wales, where I’ve lived for several decades: a place whose legends & landscapes inform my writing.
I write because I can’t tap-dance on a tightrope. Or juggle. And because I’d like to leave something attached to whatever exists after I’m gone. Where publishing is concerned, I’m the living proof that it’s never too late. If you have written a story you feel passionate about, one you believe in, persevere & don’t give up.
I’m currently working on my fourth book – Underwater the Stars Shine Brighter – & the one after that…
Header photograph ©Janey Stevens