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    May 15, 2009

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    Tania Hershman

    Dan,
    thank you so much for talking about my story. I will break with my policy, and explain a little. After I'd written it, this story was chosen to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4, by the same producer who had produced the title story of my book, The White Road, for Radio 4 a year earlier. He is a fabulous editor and he suggested changes to the story which were invaluable. I had liked the premise of this story, but had, as is often the case, thrown in too much - including an extra character who was unecessary and was swiftly dispatched!

    He suggested I bring in something about the main character's backstory, to put what happens in perspective. The paragraph you were referring to is something I had always known about the main character but had thought it didn't need to be stated, that maybe that would make it somehow too much. But when I put it in, and with the other edits, I saw that it fitted. It's very often hard with a short story, since the writer knows the character and the backstory so intimately, to see how much a reader needs to know, that fine line between hints and full-blown explanation. There are no rules here, and very often having an objective pair of eyes look it over is the best way. Jeremy and I then worked together again on a third story for Radio 4, one which was commissioned and so he read the first draft, made suggestions etc... I'd never done that before, it was a wonderful process, I hope I can do it again.

    Thanks for including my story!

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