Congratulations on winning Zealous Stories: Short Story! Chemistry brilliantly explores the underlying complexities experienced within a couple’s relationship. Could you tell us a little more about where the idea stemmed from?
Thank you! This story came about in a way that was quite unusual for me. I was at a writing workshop and the facilitator was reading a list of random words to us which we had to incorporate into a very short piece of writing that we generated as the list was being read out. The result was a very rushed and messy description of a man standing with his hands in the kitchen sink. From there, it grew. I wondered what was on his mind and who else was in his world. I created an image which interested me, and I put ideas and emotions and desires into it until it became a story.