Ursula Brunetti is a professional copywriter, journalist and short story writer from the Isle of Wight. She is currently based in London where she lives with her husband and children.
To date her work has been published by The Londonist, The Casket of Fictional Delights, and has been performed by Liar’s League. She is a Vogue Talent Contest finalist and her short stories have been highly commended by Visual Verse, Ink Tears, Creative Ink and Cinnamon Press. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories alongside a novel.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (from a book, movie, song, speech…)
A: ‘If I am not me, then who the hell am I?’ – Douglas Quaid – Total Recall
You can count on Arnold Schwarzenegger to know how to deliver a good line! I think good writing forces the reader to question whether they know who they are, while giving them the opportunity to live other people’s lives and learn from them. The film Total Recall is a great story for that! (And unequivocally, wonderfully 1980s).
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to and how many times have you read it?
A: I love Lorrie Moore’s witty, sharp but evocative writing style, I always find myself reading The Collected Stories whenever I want to remind myself what reading great writing feels like.
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: I’ve always found Maya Angelou inspiring. Whether in the form of poem, song, prose or formal speech, her words are always powerful, moving and pertinent.
Fame had never felt as seductive or as life-affirming as it had been when Luella was still dreaming of it, her eyes tight shut and her heart murmuring with the possibilities it held. Now that she had it, all she wanted was to set it aside like a childhood relic that had lost its sentimental …