Tamsin Partington is a creative writing master’s student, child tamer, cat wrangler and wife. Her passion is the short story, but she also loves to write longer sci-fi and fantasy fiction for children and young adults. She started writing as soon as she could spell, and when her children started primary school she knew she needed to pursue her passion, enrolling on an access course and then a BA in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. She is now working on her master’s degree and several writing projects, including a short story collection themed around mental health and a post-apocalyptic YA novel.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: H. G. Wells. Specifically because, like him, my early desire to escape to other worlds was the catalyst for my passion for writing. Also, I really love sci-fi and fantasy and would love to get some tips from (what I consider to be) one of the pioneers of the genre.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: In the name of (ahem) ‘research’ for my own fantasy writing, I’m currently re-reading Sebastien de Castell’s Spellslinger series for the third time. His characters and world-building are utterly captivating.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: Robin Hobb on writing: ‘you will never have any more free time than you do right now […] sit down today and start being a writer if that’s what you want to do’.