Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield in 1960. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist. He’s the author of five collections of short stories and one novel, and his novella “The Push” was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. He has also edited two anthologies and co-edited a third. His short story “The Incredible Exploding Man” featured in the first Solaris Rising anthology, and appeared in the 29th Year’s Best Science Fiction collection. He lives in north London with his wife and several cats.
by Dave Hutchinson
How does a book get written?
The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. The End.
Only kidding, but I believe there is no one way to write a novel. Everyone does it differently, everyone has different working practices and habits and little routines and fetishes and superstitions. For a very long time, for example, I thought it was ‘unlucky’ to put the title of a story on a manuscript until it was finished. Which is obviously absurd when you think about it, but there you go.
Anyway. I can’t tell you how to write a novel. But I will tell you how Europe In Autumn came about.
It starts with a name. Les Coureurs de Bois.