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Meeting Céline Domenech – Hysteria 2017 short story judge

Céline Domenech is a judge in the short story category of the Hysteria Writing Competition and English is her second language. She won a Write Star competition in 2016 on the theme of Holiday and is currently looking for an agent for her first English novel, ‘The Shadow of Phaedrus’. It’s a YA magical saga that shows the journey of a strong and determined teenage girl to restore order in her world. You can read an extract from the book on her blog. You can meet Céline on her website, and read an extract from her new novel as well, here http://fluffandpoops.com/. You can also find her on Twitter @FluffAndPoops.

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Meet Sherry Morris, flash fiction judge for Hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I like writers who evoke strong feelings in their readers:  there’s Stephen King and Shirley Jackson with their mastery of suspense and horror. Thomas Hardy has his tragedies; Lorrie Moore and John Irving write incredibly sad, yet funny, moving stories with memorable characters. I was amazed by the clever construction of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.  The brevity and power of Raymond Carver challenges me to keep my own writing short and intense–perhaps one day *I’ll* have a story that makes the most of the space between paragraphs.

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Meet Carol Warham, short story judge hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I have been inspired by many and varied writers and poets, too many to name. As a child I loved Enid Blyton and grew into R.F Delderfield and progressed to Jane Austen. My recent reading material has included George Martin and Dorothy Dunnett, together with a variety of modern writers.

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Meet Beatriz Menadez, poetry judge hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

As a rule, I tend to prefer books over writers, especially those whose stories stay with you well after you’ve finished reading the last page –which I guess is after all the expectation we all wish fulfilled after reading a book— and am less inclined to read something for the sole reason that X author has penned it.

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Meet Pat Good, short story judge Hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I have fond memories of reading Dickens through my school years until present day. He is a master storyteller and hones in on the minutiae of life and character so exactly that I feel compelled to keep reading just one more paragraph, one more page then one more chapter.

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Meet Hannah Onoguwe, short story judge hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

There are so many, more than I can likely remember off the top of my head. More recently Taiye Selasi, for her lyricism, the way she plumbs the depths of a character’s emotions, feelings, until you must agree that there’s nothing more that could have been said about them. Paulo Coelho, for making fantastic stories in simplicity. Maya Angelou for her graciousness, her honesty, her weaving of sentences.

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