Tangea Tansley


Tangea Tansley was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in East Africa. She has first-class honours in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia and a doctorate in cross-cultural literature from Murdoch University. Currently based in Perth she is the author of several books including the newly-released psychological novel Out of Place, the Australian historical novel A Break in the Chain, the house-build memoir Our Grand Design, the self-help guide For Women Who Grieve and co-writer of the biography Heytesbury Stud. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have been published, broadcast and anthologised in Africa, Asia and Australia. She is joint-winner of the 2013 Todhunter Literary Award; her novels and short stories have been long-listed, shortlisted, highly commended in national awards.

Smashwords Interview

How did you come to write Out of Place?
That Out of Place has come to be at all is due to two fantastic women: Terri-ann White, now publisher of the University of Western Australia Press, and Carol Major, writing consultant at Varuna, the Writers House in New South Wales.

The story started as an Honours dissertation at UWA for which Terri-ann was my supervisor. At our first interview she tossed out my carefully thought-up ideas: 'Too forced, just write what comes into your head, let the story write itself onto the page'. When I sat down to do just that I found that the whole experience of the year and a half or so I spent in Saudi Arabia came pouring out and the dissertation went on to score a First Class Honours.

Later as "Lines in the Sand" it was shortlisted from 540 other entries in the Penguin-Varuna manuscript competition. When it didn't make the final cut, I took a Professional Development course at Varuna to work on it -- and Carol did a great job of critiquing the manuscript and helping me to develop my ideas.
But Saudi was some time ago, wasn't it? Why didn't you write it sooner?
Yes, I was there in the late Seventies. But in those early days I had young children and then, immediately following my time in Saudi, a pretty full-on career as managing editor for an American military magazine in Hong Kong to think very much about my own writing. And later, after my second husband died, I was too busy keeping my Ridgebacks in bones and food on my own table to indulge in what I still regard as the luxury of writing full-length fiction.I did continue to write short stories, though, followed by several non-fiction books and then the historical novel A Break in the Chain.
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Out of Place
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,360. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
When, finally, Dana Novotny turns her back on her own career to join her husband Dekker on a company camp in Saudi Arabia, she smothers her apprehension with the conviction that she is doing the right thing. Out of Place is an intense psychological drama about trying to live up to expectations – a story of the intimate lives of ordinary people, their passions, secrets and all-too-human frailties.
Our Grand Design: The highs and lows of building in a boom
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 54,070. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Do-it-yourself / general
Join us on our journey as we build our ideal home (a) to our own design (b) on a limited budget (c) in the middle of a boom. With hindsight, any one of these steps would have presented a challenge; taken together, it turned out to be something more than that...

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