2020 Snapshot: Lisa Fuller

Lisa Fuller is a Murri woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. She has won a 2019 black&write! Writing Fellowship, the 2018 Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship and the 2017 David Unaipon Award, amongst others. Her first novel, Ghost Bird, came out in October 2019, and has somehow found its way onto the shortlists for the 2020 CBCA Older Reader Book of the Year, the 2019 Aurealis Awards and the Readings 2020 YA Book of the Year. She’s still coping with the shock.

Lisa spends her days working on her PhD and trying to find her way through a litany of casual jobs, while somehow avoiding pulling her hair out. When she isn’t working, she’s curled up on the couch with her spoilt staffy and dreaming of being a full-time writer. 

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

My debut novel, Ghost Bird, came out in October 2019. I’m still floating on that cloud lol. I’m missing the characters a lot, so I’m toying with the idea for a sequel, but I’ll have to fit that in around my PhD novel. This new one is shaping up to be a YA about a young Murri woman isolated on a university campus, and has a weird blend of magic realism and maybe a splash of horror. There’s also a secondary character that uses second person POV, so all very strange. But hey, PhDs are supposed to be experimental.

2. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far?

Ghost Bird … that’s probably obvious lol. I won a 2019 black&write Fellowship for my MG fantasy, Washpool, which gave me a full year to work with the editors there, and I really cherished my time with them. I’m missing them all like mad. I could do with their voices in my ears for every manuscript I write!

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge? 

Mate, I haven’t been able to read for fun since I started my PhD! How about if I give you a list that’s sitting on my TBR piles, and on my birthday wish list (it’s next month, my partner constantly complains that I only ever ask for books, I don’t see the problem): The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman, anything by Glenda Larke or Isobelle Carmody, The Glimme by Emily Rodda, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories edited by Michael Earp, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff… I’m going to stop there. Just go look at the Aurealis Awards and CBCAs shortlists, I’ve essentially copied and pasted a whole heap from there into my wish list. My partner will not be impressed 😆


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