Interview with Neill Bartlett

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Simply, to see the connection you make with your reader. When they get totally inspired by the story you tell. The greatest compliment I have received is when I'm told that when they read my book, it's like they can see it in their head while reading it - just like a movie screen on their forehead!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and that right there is enough to influence anyone to become a writer. From my mid teens, photography was my greatest expression and I often found it interesting that you could take a photograph which inspired so many emotions without a single word. But as the years went on, I found that I wanted to add words to the images I captured. Most of my photography was travel related, capturing the beauty and uniqueness of Australia, so I decided to combine another passion of mine, collecting teddy bears with my photography and created a series of photographs on location, often in the rugged outback and my writing career was born, as a childrens's author.
When did you first start writing?
It wasn't until I reached my thirties that I started writing. And my first two books were painstakingly done, page by page, on a typewriter. I loved the romantic sound of the typewriter hitting every inch of the page, hour after hour. It made me feel like I was a writer.
My first book was a children's story, about a one-legged teddy bear named Old Ted and his mate, Edward Bear.
I was inspired to write knowing that one day I would have a child of my own and would be able to leave her a book that her daddy wrote.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a big fan of Australian author Bryce Courtenay, whilst appreciating the talents of Dr. Seuss and A.A Milne. Recently I have enjoyed reading inspiring books by Liza Perrat, Jessica Bell, Shannon O'Leary and Charmaine Wilson. I'm big on biographies. One of my favorite books was by Aussie Rock Music Legend, Billy Thorpe called 'Sex And Thugs And Rock N Roll'
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In the last few years I have changed my life to include a high level of fitness, so when I'm not writing I am usually walking. I walk the equivalent of two marathons a week! Combined with a love of cooking and red wine, I am a total music freak!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually they are sent to me to review for my radio show so I can interview the author. I am the host and producer of 'The Aussie Radio Show' podcast.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was probably a love letter to a girl I had a crush on in school. It's probably still in a box somewhere as I would never would have had the nerve to give it to her.
What is your writing process?
It starts with an idea and is followed with extensive research that consists of much dialogue (often written on napkins and other disposable materials) before a detailed outline is composed to support the thousands of ideas floating around in my creative mind. Then the structure (and chapters) flow.
Describe your desk
Like my mind ... messy! I believe a clean desk reflects a lack of active inspiration.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After many years of traveling, not only around my native Australia and other fascinating countries, including America, I have found that when you unleash an Australian onto the world, there are a multitude of stories that will follow. In 2018, I will finally have the opportunity to share these stories in a collection of tales and yarns from far and wide. Often at the expense of myself. Whether it's in the outback of Australia, or the North and South islands of New Zealand, the beautiful backdrop of a third world country of Indonesia's Bali or the loudness of life in America. If it's going to happen to someone - it's going to happen to me.
Who Is The Most Interesting Person You Would Like To Write About?
I hope to write my birth mother's life story one day. While she doesn't think she's had an extraordinary life, I believe she has confronted and overcome more than most, with amazing strength. Everyone has a book in them ... sometimes it takes someone else to tell their story!
Who would you most like to sit down with for a chat?
Definitely, Rick Springfield. Over a really good coffee or red wine. We would chat about the good old days back in Australia, his songs that I grew up listening to over and over that inspired me in so many ways.
Favorite quote, and why?
"Such Is Life" by Australian bush ranger, Ned Kelly.
You can't always change what you're dealt in life, like Ned though, you can be defiant until the end and go out in style!
Published 2017-11-03.
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Books by This Author

Sisters Of Mercy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,240. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Biographical
A journey that takes place across the desert terrain of Outback Australia and the harsh inner city streets of Sydney, through the eyes and lives of four women who are cast into the product of their conception. In a turn of events, what one twist of fate could bring each of these women to the same point? Find out what happens when two of society's biggest stigmas, prostitution and adoption collide!