Interview with Jan Cornall

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in country towns in Victoria, Australia. We rode bikes wherever we liked and spent hours out in the bush, just mucking around. I think all that time spent playing and dreaming is important training for a writer. In my bedroom, on a shelf or chest of drawers I always had a kind of diorama with porcelain characters, small dolls and china animals set up. I would move them around from time to time and let them play out various stories. I performed plays too from an early age, so it's no surprise my early writing was for the theatre.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote poems in primary school and high school which were published in the school magazine.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the book I am publishing here is of Marilyn, a divorcee with two teenage children, who wakes up one morning and gets on a plane to Bali, with out telling anyone. She leaves a note for her kids that she's gone to the shack to write which she often did from time to time. (The kids are in their late teens so they are proficient in looking after themselves). Marilyn arrives in Bali for five days with no bookings, no idea of where she will go or what she will do, just that she had to get away. She meets Bagus, a driver, who offers her a room in his family compound and shows her around the island. Living with Bagus's extended family Marilyn is entranced by the Balinese and the sensuality of their everyday life, where offerings of flowers and incense are made several times a day and women walk to the temple carrying tall baskets of offerings on their heads. She falls in love with it all, and when Bagus lets her know he has fallen for her, she is faced with a dilemma: to give into sensuality (something she hasn't experienced since her marriage break up), or to let good sense prevail.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My novel was first published by Saritaksu Editions, a Balinese publisher and usually sits alongside Elizabeth Gilbert's best seller Eat, Pray, Love, in the Bali bookshops. I always had the idea to do an Ebook. I think it's a great way for the author to learn all aspects of the publishing industry.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm just starting out with Smashwords, so I will report back when I have some numbers to crunch.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being completely immersed in the creative process, so that time passes in a flash, and having something to show for it that you can share with others at the end.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm happy when I know my work has moved someone, made them laugh, or smile, made them think.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a travel memoir about a trip I took following the footsteps of the French writer, Marguerite Duras in Vietnam where she spent the fisrt seventeen years of her life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Marguerite Duras, Michael Ondaatje, Spalding Gray, Grace Paley, Margo Lanagan, AD Scott and many more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm teaching writing and leading international writing retreats in Morocco, Bali, Laos, Fiji, Burma, Vietnam.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through I books
Published 2014-12-09.
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Books by This Author

Take Me to Paradise
Price: Free! Words: 41,860. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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Marilyn wakes up one morning and instead of catching the bus to work, catches the ‘I don’t like Mondays’ flight to Bali. But is she too late to indulge her paradise dream? How many western women have arrived before her and fallen headlong for the lush green island, its exotic culture, and their attractive driver?