Jan Carson: ‘I don’t want to be a writer, I want to write’

Writer Jan Carson on Northern Irish voices and the joy of writing every day

Jan Carson’s debut novel, The Raptures, is published by Doubleday and is out now

I came to writing quite late. I’ve always been a really big reader, I was the person in our family that took all of the library tickets, but I didn’t start writing until I was 25. I have no formal training, I learned from reading a lot and listening to other writers as well.

I first started writing when I moved to Portland in America. It is a big literary town and there was a ...