Interview with Michaela Daphne

When did you first start writing?
I first realised I was story writing in primary school when I was being bullied. I used it as a distraction and realised how much I enjoyed creating worlds where anything can happen, rather than the lack of control I was experiencing around me at school.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Queensland, Australia, in a humble little town halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane city. I always loved visiting Brisbane and locations in my stories always somewhat resemble those places I've visited in real life. I'm also deeply in love with the local fauna and it heavily influences the scenes that I set.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Purlieu, is inspired by my own life experiences of being emotionally abused. After sharing my story with other women, I've come to realise it is an unfortunately common experience and so Purlieu was born. It's a YA fantasy thriller about domestic violence where the main character runs away with her boyfriend when she should have run from him. I happen to have experienced something similar first hand.
What are you working on next?
I've got several projects on the go at the moment - part two and three to the Hidden Grove Series, to follow on from Purlieu. I've also got another story in draft - unrelated to the Hidden Grove Series - that features abortion, biker gangs, and the Gold Coast.
Describe your desk
I have a beautiful handmade wooden desk with a teal clacking keyboard... but I rarely sit at my desk to work. My preferred posture is on the couch, cross-legged.
What is your writing process?
I tend to daydream about a story and a character for a while before putting anything down on paper. I'll jot down a general direction for the story then write a full manuscript draft. Then I toss it in the bin.

I do this just to get the story out of my head and to see how it reads on paper. Then I map out the story, scene by scene in a spreadsheet and start the manuscript again.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love John Marsden, just because I devoured his Tomorrow When the War Began series when I was a kid. I was so captivated by the strong female lead and the sense of thrilling adventure.

I'm also a Potterhead.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love things with a sense of mystery - but not crime thrillers. I'm talking questions unanswered, a truth to be uncovered, a reveal ending. So I look for YA novels, mostly thrillers.

It's why I love the Harry Potter series so much - because it's not about the fantasy or that he's a wizard, it's about the fact that there's a mystery to be uncovered and JK uncovers it so cleverly.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My favourite part of writing is when the pen flies freely. In that initial ideation phase when I get to just let my imagination go and see what possibilities I come up with - that first draft when anything goes. It's my happy place.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm doing something creative with my hands. I just can't keep still - either in the kitchen experimenting or in my craft room decorating gifts with papers and ribbons or trying out the latest diy that takes my fancy.

I also love watching movies.
Published 2018-03-25.
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Books by This Author

Purlieu
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 70,420. Language: Australian English. Published: March 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
She ran away with him when she should have run from him. Will she get home before the damage done is irreversible? With abundant green pastures that veil depths of torment and manipulation, Purlieu is a place you would never want to call home.