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“At first I thought telling stories was just escapism but it’s more essential to my wellbeing than that. It’s taken me the best part of a decade to realize that I write myself over and over again. It’s my response to physician heal thyself.”

Medical doctor and fiction writer

Priya Sharma in conversation with John Siddique

On balancing being a doctor and a fiction writer


Priya Sharma’s fiction has appeared in venues such as Interzone, Black Static, Nightmare, The Dark and Tor. She’s been anthologised in several of Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year series and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror series, among others. Her short story ‘Fabulous Beasts’ was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a British Fantasy Award.

All the Fabulous Beasts, a collection of her some of her work, available from Undertow Publications, was a Locus Award Finalist, and won a British Fantasy Award and Shirley Jackson Award. Ormeshadow, her first novella (available from Tor), won a Shirley Jackson Award and a British Fantasy Award.