I like to write a piece then leave it, walk away and come back to it at a later time. My life is a sea of notepads and loose scraps of paper! I find going back to a piece after giving the emotion and my own attachment time to ease gives me the perspective to not only edit a piece but also the ability to hear it again. And decide honestly if it's any good at all.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Client - John Grisham I read this when I was about 13 and I loved it. I remember crying at the end as the little boy realises that his lawyer and friend Reggie would not be going with him. That he would never see her again. So when the movie came on I begged to watch it. What a let down ! It was the first book that I read though that taught me that a book could be so much better then a movie. That sometimes the story we create in our heads doesn't match a producers vision.
Tommorow When The War Began - John Marsden I read this series as a teenager and it was the first series I read that I literally felt like a piece of my life was missing when I finished it. I wanted more. I craved more. Plus I grew up in the bush, this series had me planning my escape and survival in the event of an attack or invasion!!
All Around Town - Mary Higgins Clark Another book I conquered as a teen. Probably the beginning of my obsession with unsolved mysteries and mental disorders. It was the first I had heard of split personality and Clark wrote it so well. I reread this book often. I still have my original copy, a well thumbed hard cover, in my bookcase.
On Writing - Stephen King I think when I finished this it was the moment I decided I WOULD be published one day. An incredible journey to success. Forget Richard Branson, anyone wanting and stuggling to be a writer and needs inspiration, read this.
Any thing by Melina Marchetta . I must have read all her books at least 20 times each growing up. She was the ultimate at putting teenage girl angst into words. I still curl up with one of her books when I need a feel good or a reminder of more innocent times.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I haven't tried enough or researched enough to have a " device of choice ". I used to have a Kobo but I always forgot to carry it with me and didn't enjoy that it could only be used for books. I need games and music on occasion too! I use the e-reader on my phone now.
Describe your desk
Wood. Big. And messy! It's organised chaos though, I swear !
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 11. I still have my first journal. On the first page is a poem that was found in my grandfathers diary after he died. I always loved that poem. It was so simple. It was what started me writing poetry. I also started writing because I started growing up. I had these ideas and these thoughts that as a pre teen you could never express. Words gave me an outlet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised on a property in New South Wales with my parents and youngest brother. I was home schooled. I think my upbringing allowed me to develop my reading skills and my love of reading without the distraction and influence of other kids and a towny lifestyle. I had plenty of quite moments that requires me to entertain myself and there is nothing like a good book to carry you away to a different place. Books helped me escape and build life fantasies.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My incredible partner Hugh, our dog Max and cat Slinky and the memory of my little boy Lachlan. I love family and friends and try to appreciate something small everyday.
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