Interview with Miranda Heaney

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to create a world entirely under my control. I know this makes me sound like a control freak, but really, when I pick up a novel I want to be guaranteed a satisfying ending that will leave me feeling refreshed and content. When I write a book, I am able to ensure, everyone gets their just desserts, the good triumph over the bad and boy gets girl!
What are you working on next?
I am currently writing a part autobiographical novel of my final year of high school. It is a coming of age story about traumatic first love, battling peer pressures, walking the fine line of social politics and a year of firsts throughout which I, as most people my age do, attempted to connect with 'the real me'. This is an emotional and tumultous time in anyones life, and I hope readers will be able to connect to the various events and feelings throughout.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love J.K Rowling's Harry Potter novels! They were the first 'proper' books I really loved. I've always been a devoted Jane Austen fan and I love the satisfaction of a Georgette Heyer romance. I also love the writing style of F Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby' being a personal favourite and I adore Oscar Wilde's stories and plays!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that I know I can, everyday you wake up is a gift, and everyday is a chance to change your life! What could be more exciting?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am currently studying at Monash University and I am also training to be a personal trainer. When I'm not doing either of those things I enjoy long walks, playing guitar and of course, reading!
What is your writing process?
All my ideas originate from my own life; the characters, events, thoughts and emotions are usually things I have experienced- with a few exceptions in my fantasy novels. When I write a poem, it is usually to express the feelings I wish I could convey to someone, when I write a book, it is usually to live out one of my fantasies. In the case of 'Chasing Violet', I used to dream of running away in a horse and caravan, with bare feet and flowers in my hair.
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally romantic comedies although you can't beat classics such as 'The Old Man and the Sea' and 'Pride and Prejudice'
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country. Because my family lived on the outskirts of a regional city I spent a great deal of time alone, simply walking and thinking, imagining and dreaming. Having spent so much time in my head, creating characters and plots that feel real is natural to me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. 'Sylvester' by Georgette Heyer- Sylvester makes me swoon every time! The ultimate heroine and her perfect hero!
2. 'Emma' by Jane Austen- witty, entertaining and utterly romantic, this was easily my favourite Austen.
3. 'Great Gatsby'- I loved F. Scott Fitzgerald's beautiful descriptions and natural evolution of the plot. Highly engaging with scandalous characters.
4. I know its not technically a book but the play 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde- terrifically funny and well plotted!
5. 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' by Agatha Christie- definitely didn't see that ending coming! The first Poirot I ever read.
Describe your desk
Non existent! I use the kitchen table, otherwise I jot down notes wherever I am- I always have some form of a notebook and pen- or I write on my laptop!
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I started with songs, which evolved into poems which then became short stories until finally by the time I was 8 I had written my first novella.
Published 2014-08-14.
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