NWR Issue 121

Writing Democracies: Locating DK Fields

Asked to reflect on how we co-write, the temptation is to find a place within the third person plural and start from ‘we’. But the single voice of DK Fields is also, always, two voices: that of Dave and that of Kath. Voices we don’t want to obscure even as we talk about ‘our’ voice as ‘we’. So ‘we’ decided to interview ourselves about the process of writing our new political fantasy series, the Tales of Fenest.

Dave: I think it’s fair to start by saying we’re still figuring out what works for us as a unit but also what helps us write individually in this partnership.

Kath: What do you mean by ‘unit’?

Dave: We’ve got to say something when talking about DK Fields. We need a word to describe what we are together, don’t we?

Kath: But it’s interesting that word is singular: ‘unit’. Is that how you see this, a singular approach rather than two approaches coming together?

DaveWe work hard together to make sure the book has a uniform voice when we’re jointly writing sections, like the frame narrative in Widow’s Welcome. I have to think of it as a singular unit rather than two separate writers because that’s what we present to the reader. The whole point of DK Fields is to write this book as one person, which obviously sounds strange...

Widow’s Welcome, the first in the Tales of Fenest trilogy, is published by Head of Zeus. DK Fields is the new writing partnership of novelists, Katherine Stansfield and David Towsey.

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