What can I tell you?
I write a lot in coffee shops and I use pen and paper. I have a long-term-favourite-lucky pen, with which I wrote my first published piece of work. It was a poem about Jungian psychoanalysis. Now I write novels and short stories, and articles about things I like.
My favourite writers are a diverse bunch. Graham Greene and Iris Murdoch and George Eliot. Rupert Thomson and Christopher Priest. Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Dylan Thomas, TS Eliot. My favourite Shakespeare play is King Lear. No, Much Ado About Nothing. It depends if it’s a tragic or a comic day.
I like those moments in stories where you have no idea what’s going to happen next. The moments when genre can’t save you.
For more information about how I write, get ideas, and go from a first draft in longhand to a finished product, you can sign up to my Patreon.
My Shirley Jackson award pebble! I haven’t stoned anyone with it yet.
2004. Runner-up in the Guardian’s Short Short Story Competition.
2006. First runner-up in McSweeney’s 13 Writing Prompts Competition.
2007. Winner of the People’s Choice Award for best story in Drabblecast.
2012. Runner-up in the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition.
2015. Honors List for the James Tiptree Jr. Award.
2015. Shortlisted for Best Novella in the Sabotage Awards.
2015. Shortlisted for Best Novella in the Shirley Jackson Awards.
Praise for Aliya’s Writing:
“I firmly believe that Aliya Whiteley is one of the most original, innovative and intelligent writers of speculative fiction working in Britain today.”
“I’ll get straight to the point: Aliya Whiteley is a brilliant writer.”
“Whiteley is a prose stylist. Her sentences often have a smoky, psychotropic quality, and they can wrap themselves around the base of your brain.”
“…Whiteley really shines as a writer, often conjuring up settings that neatly reflect the emotional landscape of her main characters…”
“…Whiteley is an exciting new talent and it’s a dead cert we’ll be hearing much more from her in the future.”
“The things that are said, the crisp observations and witty rejoinders, are a constant source of delight, but often we laugh as an alternative to crying, humour as the antidote to despair at all the missed opportunities and small tragedies that fill the page.”
‘Whiteley’s word choice and structure is superb. Her word craft is exquisite…’
From Lulu With Love