Sara Flemington on Starting in the Middle of Things
In Conversation with Alex Higley and Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
Welcome to I’m a Writer But, where two writers-and talk to other writers-and about their work, their lives, their other work, the stuff that takes up any free time they have, all the stuff they’re not able to get to, and the ways in which any of us get anything done. Plus: book recommendations, bad jokes, okay jokes, despair, joy, and anything else we’ve got going on that week. Hosted by Lindsay Hunter and Alex Higley.
In this episode, Sara Flemington talks to us about her debut novel, Egg Island, moving it from short story to longer narrative, its path to publication, the lit scene in Toronto, writing mantras, and more!
From the episode:
Egg Island started as a story, and then my thesis advisor at the time was like, “What’s with this story? It’s not finished. It wants to be a novel.” The idea got in my head there a bit, and it all just started to unfold in front of me as I started plotting it out and imagining it. There was a lot of discovering as I wrote it. I wanted to write something that started in the middle of things and ended in the middle of things, and was very minimal, and had a chugging-along quality like a car does on a street road.
Sara Flemington is the author of the novel Egg Island. Her work has previously appeared in publications such as subTerrain, The Humber Literary Review, The Feathertale Review, and Paper Darts, among others. Sara lives in Toronto, Canada.