‘JPR: You’re still a young writer, but what
advice would you give to young writers or
JR: It’s always a hard one that. I always say the
same thing. When I decided to write I always
thought of it as ‘a writer is a thing you can
actually be.’ There are writers. There are loads
of them out there, making a living out of it.
So it’s not like you’re aiming to be something
impossible. My kind of whimsical way of
saying it is, ‘you’re not trying to be a unicorn!’
You’re trying to be something that is real and
if you bear that in mind while you’re working
then it’s a very achievable aim. Another thing,
would just to be the nicest person you can
ever be. I think that’s a big part of it. Also, just
have hope, like I said, there is a world out there
looking for writers. Oh, and read loads! And
write! I think that’s the only way you can do it.
Read twice as much as you write, but still write
James Rice was interviewed for In The Red 14, publised in May 2016.
You can read the full interview here