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Chaz Josephs
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"My best writing tends to be the stuff that's the hardest to write. It's where the pain is."

I'm a proper Yorkshire lass, born and bred. I call Bradford, Rotherham, and Hull home (all the nicest places, I know), because I think those are the places I've developed in most -- oh, and Lyon, but that's another story. 

I always told stories as a kid, but was discouraged from being a writer by my evil stepmother (true story) so I didn't pick up a pen and start writing seriously until I was forced to for my English A Level. I've never looked back. 

I used to write short stories about my childhood and teenage years. Short snippets of the life of a kid growing up in some pretty hostile conditions. Now, I write a lot about some of the things that have hit me hardest. I write a lot about three friends of mine that died of cancer, but I try to write about life, not death. 

I'm also writing a dystopian novel. It's a struggle. It's not very good. But I'll keep plugging away at it until I manage something half-decent. It features a borderless world, eco-friendly energy sources, and minimal illness. If we can't live in an ideal world, we can at least write about one, can't we?

I gave up the idea of joining the publishing industry a long time ago. After two internships in publishing, I decided writing and reading were best kept as hobbies. I write when I have the time and energy, and I think about writing when I don't.

The Unexpected Arrival of the Black Guy -- InkTears
How are YOU feeling? -- Joypuke Magazine
Scars like Train Tracks -- Writing Yorkshire
I don't want you to go -- Every Day Fiction
Mountains and Crutches -- Wicked Young Writers Awards
English and Creative Writing at the University of Hull

Margaret Atwood

Neil Gaiman

Harper Lee

Junot Diaz

Emma Donoghue 

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