Interview with Tarla Kramer

What are you working on next?
I am currently still working on my Nanobook, which I started last November. I hadn't tried writing a novel for ages so I thought I'd give NaNoWriMo a go. I'm finding it harder than I thought it would be. It's about a woman who runs away to an outback town after her marriage falls apart.
What is your writing process?
I usually have to think about what I'm going to write before actually writing it, as I'm sure alll people do. I seem to think better using pen and paper which is a pain, but I find the empty document offputting, whereas the blank piece of lined paper invites me to fill it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing something that rocks of course, it leaves me floating for a few hours. However, next day it's back to work back on earth.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Getting the children to school and out of the house so I can have some headspace is what does it most days!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing an 8 page story at the age of 7 or 8, I just kept going. I thought, wow, one day I'll be writing whole books. Not long after that I made my own book, called A Day at the Beach, but I don't think I finished that one.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 20, I wrote for myself for a few years, then at 26 started seeking publication, but after that lots of things happened that got in the way, I had some babies and all that sort of thing. I'm now 42 and have been writing for a long time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot more memoir than anything else, but I'm not averse to the odd cosy mystery.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kate Llewellyn, Derek Tangye, Nancy Cato, Charlotte Bronte
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love gardening and reading, but there's always cleaning and cooking to do which is not as much fun.
How do you approach cover design?
Ugg, next question please!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kobo, someone I know has one and I liked the name better than 'Kindle'.
Published 2014-03-11.
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Books by This Author

Lost in the Desert (essay)
Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: Australian English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Travel » Road travel
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sometimes in life you get through one grief when another is dumped on you, and it can feel like you are wandering through the desert unable to find the way out.
A Season for Everything (essay)
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: Australian English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Essay » Literature
In October 1998 I moved to Alice Springs, just as the hot weather was beginning. Summer in northern Australia turned out to last for almost six months...
Revisiting the Green Centre (essay)
Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: Australian English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Environment
(3.00 from 1 review)
In February 2000 it rained like never before in the usually dry heart of Australia, and the Red Centre literally turned green.