Interview by Belle McQuattie.
She lives in a coastal town in Western Australia called Geraldton which is a long way from most places and too close to others.
Her mission is to rid the world of tea, one cup at a time. This is going quite well.
You’ve had something of a rocky road getting The Twins of Saranthium published. How does it feel to see the journey reaching its end?
It’s been a great relief to finally get it done as I started writing the third and final book several years ago and to now have it complete feels like a weight lifted. For a while I wasn’t sure if the characters were going to be able to end their journey but I’m glad they have and I think I’m mostly satisfied with how it’s turned out. Is any writer ever totally happy with their finished product?! I only hope the readers who waited so long for the final book are still there!
If you could write a letter to your pre-published self, what advice would you give?
Make a promotion plan and get on it! When I first started I had no idea how much promotion authors are expected to conjure themselves and was really unprepared. I still struggle with working out how I can do my own side of the promotion and what works, what doesn’t, especially given my geographic limitations. I would also probably tell myself to try to write faster and not agonise so much over the details because rewriting is the key, to use the time I had better. Now I have two small children I look back and think of all the time I did have! Hindsight is a cruel mistress.
What’s next for you once the Twins series is complete?
I have ideas for both a young adult and adult novel but right now I’m working on a screenplay for my Rosie Black Chronicle series. It’s slow going but I’m enjoying doing something different. I can’t announce that a film is imminent after I complete it, but I can say watch this space….
What Australian work have you loved recently?
Jaclyn Moriarty’s Colours of Madelaine series is fantastic and Red Queen, Isobelle Carmody’s final Obernewtyn book
Which author (living or dead) would you most like to sit next to on a long plane trip and why?
Can I only pick one? I think Urusla Le Guin because I would love to hear her talk about how she writes and writing in general and also because she’s just such a living legend of fantasy and sci fi writing and is one of the trail blazers for women in the field. She’s an inspiration to me. Plus I think she would just be great company.