The Tale of the Wind and the Dry Bones, fiction, Issue 18, March 1, 2012
Birthdate? October 31st
When did you start writing? I've been writing for as long as I can remember, but only began submitting work last year.
When and what and where did you first get published? My story, "As The Days Turn" was published at www.backhandstories.com in July, 2011.
What themes do you like to write about? I find inspiration in the myths and fears of childhood, those primal reactions that come from somewhere deeper than the mind. Having grown up in rural Ireland, I also have a close connection with the folklore and spirituality of the landscape, a notion of the ancient that is always around us.
What books and/or stories have mostresonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The English writer M.R. James, in his ghost stories, can evoke a strong atmosphere of foreboding in just a few words. I'm also an admirer of Annie Proulx, for her breathtaking, uncompromising descriptions of a landscape which, with its history and stories, is a character in its own right. In my own writing, I feel that there is always an undertone of what has gone before: the unspoken presence of previous generations.
Mandy Taggart is a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge, and undertook postgraduate studies in Irish culture, identity and folklore. Her short fiction has appeared in recent issues of various publications including "Spilling Ink Review," "Cobalt Review" and "Indigo Rising (UK)". Her short story "Skiboo" was a Top Contender for the Glass Woman Ghost Story Prize in December 2011.