Sandra Arnold is an award-winning writer, originally from the UK, who lives in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and has published two novels and a book on parental bereavement. Her work appears in numerous international journals and anthologies including Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blue Five Notebook, New Flash Fiction Review, Fictive Dream and Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, NZ, 2018). She was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize and the 2017 and 2018 Best Small Fictions. Her third novel Ash will be published by Mākaro Press (NZ) in 2019 and her first flash fiction collection Soul Etchings will be published by Retreat West Books (UK) in 2019. She is on the advisory board and is a guest editor for Meniscus: The Australasian Association of Writing Programmes.
Sandra started writing when she was a child, but didn’t publish anything until her thirties when she wrote short stories for radio. Over the years she’s been placed in short story competitions and won several awards, the most recent major one being The University of Otago Press/Landfall/Seresin Writer’s Residency in 2014 which she used to work on early drafts of her fourth book.
More details on Sandra’s website.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I would travel to Haworth in Yorkshire to meet the Brontës. I first encountered them at the age of eleven when I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. In later years I walked over the moors to Top Withens, the setting for Wuthering Heights, and lay in the heather imagining Emily Brontë on her solitary walks there planning her book.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: My father used to make up stories for me when I was very young and later I would give him the title and outline of stories I wanted him to tell me. He bought me books that he’d enjoyed as a child so I read Moby Dick and King Solomon’s Mines at a young age.
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: I’m inspired by writers who can make powerful fiction fashioned out of beautiful prose that makes me want to read it aloud just to hear the sound of the language. It would be hard to choose just one.