Paul Lahert started writing at the tender age of seven ripping off Indiana Jones movies over two sides of A4. A hiatus of some years followed before he rediscovered his old passion. But he’s very glad he did. He has worked as a grave digger, a goatherd, a construction labourer, a chauffeur, as a member demolition crew and even once had a job in an office. He has been writing regularly for five years now and his stories tend to deal with the conflicts and dark edges of ordinary lives.
Paul Lahert in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1987 While feigning interest in a really dull work meeting.
What do you love about Short Stories?To steal from and paraphrase Raymond Carver, the fact that when done well they can lower (or indeed raise) the reader’s body temperature a degree or two. No mean feat for eight or so pages.
Do you write in other forms?Not as yet but intend to try something longer soon.
What distracts you from writing?Working for coin and mess. The kitchen is always very clean when I sit down to write. My teenage self would be appalled. The internet is also often a devil on the shoulder, though I guess that's a given..
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Fixing stuff. Visiting countries with better weather. Crystal Palace FC. Songs about "trouble".
What is your favourite book?“Cutter and Bone” by Newton Thornberg is a book I force on friends and they tend to be very grateful for the imposition.
Who are your favourite writers?Graham Greene, Newton Thornberg and W Somerset Maugham
Where is your dream location?Of places I’ve been to Yosemite, California and Mompos, Colombia linger happily in a room in the b
What one item would you put into Room 101?The phrase “pick your brains”. Maybe I’ve seen too many horror movies but I seem to take it literally.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Do it as often as you can and be prepared to be frustrated at first. It’s like long distance running. You have to go through the unpleasant, nigh on painful stuff before you start to be happy with what you can do. Be patient with yourself, but be discip
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Bad news travels fast, so we had to travel faster. This, in essence, was the notion that guided us. You get it, you give it, you move on. Do it right and you’re away before the condemned have had a chance to let the reality of their new circumstances sink in. Your veneer of professionalism intact, that hollow look they get in their eyes quickly jettisoned from your memory. Do it that way and it’s smooth and efficient. Do it that way and it’s as close as something like this gets to being a job well done. And that’s generally how it went. Most of the time...
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