Interview with Meridith Mckinnon

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Regional Victoria was my childhood where my father ran a Pharmacy in a small farming community. My parents travelled as long as I can remember and this filled our dinner conversations around culture and language. Growing up in a monocultural environment meant we had to make great effort to experience other cultures. Therefore living overseas at a young age and travelling frequently has influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
My father bought me my first typewriter when I was about fourteen. I wrote a lot of poetry then and mostly short stories. I can remember writing my first journal (which I still have) when I was eight on a family holiday to central Australia.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Actually surprising myself! I hope that my story enlightens and empowers people to make change. When someone reads what I write and says they didn't that or this, that gives me great satisfaction.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was sixteen years old I lived in Thailand for a year as an exchange student. In the late seventies there were many migrants flooding Thailand from Cambodia (Kampuchea) and a constant flow from Burma. This was my first awareness of displaced people, specifically stateless people and the effect it has had on bordering countries like Thailand. It was my recollections from this experience and having continued to visit Thailand every year over 30 years that has influenced my latest book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew very early on that if I were to write a book that it would be highly unlikely to ever be published. Traditional publishers would be hard to pick this up but when in recent years self publishing became more prominent and now is so much more common it seemed the logical pathway for me. I am so glad as an Indie author that I chose to self publish - it has been a wonderful experience and so empowering! I wish more people would see this and chose to self publish - I am proud to self publish and see it as a major achievement in my life.
What are you working on next?
I have quite a few stories tabled next.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are many strong female writers that I admire.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I live on a large property and we also live near the beach. Outdoors is a big part of life and we love fishing, bike riding and enjoying friends for coffee. We travel frequently, more often to Thailand but we have been fortunate to visit many parts of the world.
What is your writing process?
I begin and just write! Don't look back too much, just keep getting the story down. The take a breath and back to it and rewrite over and over, until it feels right. This took me two years with this book with a few breaks. But the rewriting process is the real work - writing it first is the easy part!
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad.
Published 2017-04-23.
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Books by This Author

The Thai Wife
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,780. Language: Australian English. Published: June 1, 2017 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Lek Jaipong’s family is surrounded by violence, much of it emanating from the background of human trafficking carried out across central Thailand. When she marries David, an Australian engineer from Warrnambool, her life changes forever. But she can never escape the memories. Haunted by her past, Lek eventually makes a choice about her future.