Meeting Mandy Huggins, author of Brightly Coloured Horses

This week, I’d like to welcome Mandy Huggins back to the Woman on the Edge of Reality. Mandy first appeared here after taking part in the Hysteria Writing Competition and then volunteering as a judge in the flash fiction contest. She is an award winning writer of flash and short fiction and this is Mandy’s first anthology of Flash Fiction. 

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

Hmmm, I’ve been asked this before, and I can never think of a single thing. I’m a straight-talking, heart-on-my-sleeve kind of person. I usually swap life stories with people within an hour of meeting them!

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

I’ve been incredibly lucky with reviews of my work – I’ve received so many positive and lovely comments. It’s always flattering to be compared to a writer you admire, so one of my favourites has to be ‘echoes of Steinbeck at his gritty best.’ However, as brilliant as that undeserved comparison may be, the best review of all is to find out that you’ve touched someone with your writing, and with flash fiction you’ve only got a few hundred words to stir their emotions. So you know you’ve got it right when people tell you that they were moved to tears, or they couldn’t stop laughing, or that they want to know ‘what happened to her next.’

Are the names of your characters important to you?

They are quite important to me. One of the main reasons I think long and hard about them is because I prefer not to use the names of anyone I’ve ever known. That can be very tricky sometimes.

How did you choose a title for your book?

As you would probably expect, the title is the name of one of the stories in the collection. I had a shortlist of three, but Brightly Coloured Horses won because I had a painting of my own that I knew would be perfect for the cover art!

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Meryl Streep would be my first choice. So many of her films are in my top 50, and she’s always been one of my favourite actresses. As she’s a little older than my good self, I’m assuming we’re allowing time travel here, so that Meryl can appear as her younger self when it comes to covering the earlier years of my life!

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

It would be impossible to pick just one, there are so many wonderful moments that are fighting for the top spot, but here’s a few:
Seeing the Taj Mahal emerge in the half-light of dawn, and watching it change colour from pearl-grey to rose-gold.
A glorious meteor shower in the wilds of the Balagne in northern Corsica.
A thousand and one things in Japan, from eating sushi for breakfast at a tiny counter outside Tsukiji fish market, to climbing above the clouds at the top of Mt Norikura, to getting very drunk with the locals in the Crazy Horse Bar in Nagasaki.
And I musn’t forget holding Bruce Springsteen’s hand…

Are you jealous of other writers?

Not at all. I’m absolutely delighted when one of my writing friends wins an award or gets published.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

There are many, but the one that stands out for me is The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I love all his books, but this is my favourite. It is so beautifully written. A story of a lost life, unsentimental and utterly heartbreaking. A masterpiece.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

In Sex and the City, when Miranda says ‘Steve, your mother can come and live with us.’ I get something in my eye every time I watch it. If you don’t know and love Sex and the City then it’s a little hard to explain!



You can find Brightly Coloured Horses in Kindle and Paperback format here: :

Amazon – Brightly Coloured Horses

You can meet Mandy on her website here:


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