Interview with Halle Renee

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Possibilities.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was actually a series of stories that went along the lines of: Once there was a... and filled a whole exercise book- which I took from some draw in the household office. I brought it to school for my teacher (whom I loathed) to mark. She used to say things like, "there's smoke coming out of my ears" and "I'm about to explode," and I'd get the mental picture of just that. She parked her broom in the lot outside our room. She really did...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, not the first I ever read, (though I do remember seeing some video once of chubby me on mummy's lap, turning pop-up pages for 'I Wrote to the Zoo and they sent me a...)
The first I can remember having any lasting impact on me would be Watership Down, Richard Adams; the animation of which I'd watched religiously until the age of five, (am I scarred I think not, but be your own judge)... What is, is what must be.
How do you approach cover design?
Chaotically.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Ring of Bright Water - Gavin Maxwell: (The copy I have specifically was a present from grandparents: very worn and brown, with the distinct smell of land and sea.)
2. Dear Miffy - John Marsden: I avoided his Tomorrow series in high school, but could not forget this title, which stuck in my head for years. Painfully confronting.
3. Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse: Read if you want to understand me, though this mightn't make things easier. It's very misunderstood.
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez: King of magic realism.
5. Surrender & Sleeping Dogs - Sonya Hartnett: Technically two different books (so I guess I'm cheating)... both my introduction to hardcore YA writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction (particularly experimental), autobios if I can stand them, poetry.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Have yet to try.
Describe your desk
Bed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Sydney Australia, in a rather insular ethnocentric suburb, which plays some part. Of most influence would be the family property (now sold and decrepit) and the NSW highlands, the title-sake for my current project.
When did you first start writing?
Young... 5.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What motivates me - I have to cross boundaries, open people's eyes etc.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Right now, it has enabled me to start out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Pursuing an idea that transforms in surprising ways.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without an audience, there is no life.
What are you working on next?
The next novella in line.
Who are your favorite authors?
Adam Rapp; Emily Bronte
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Taking my time.
What is your writing process?
Painstaking.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Troubled by a past marred by discrimination and violence, a boy tries to uncover the truths of his mother's secrecy and father's absence.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon updates, recommendations etc.
Published 2014-03-14.
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