Writing, sense of place and self-doubt

What a glorious week it’s been for the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival. The city has put on a dazzling display of sunshine and sparkling harbour views and the crowds down at the Festival in Walsh Bay (I was told at the launch it’s the 3rd largest literary festival in the world) were huge.

I sat out in the sunshine and listened to a panel discuss second novels, and enjoyed separate sessions on comedic writing and sibling relationships. I also took part in my first festival gig which I will blog about separately, simply because I want the opportunity to wax lyrical about Emily Perkins’ divine new novel ‘The Forrests’ somewhere on here.

I promise the shameless self-promotion will stop soon, but in the meantime, here is an interview I did with the Sydney Writers’ Centre at the Festival earlier this week. I really enjoyed this one – hard not to when you’re talking about writing in such a beautiful setting.

Sun Herald interview

I was interviewed by Linda Morris for the Sun Herald this weekend.

It was a really strange experience to have a journalist come to the house and ask me all about my writing and my life. At first I couldn’t imagine what I would  have to say that would be interesting to anyone else, but as Linda’s gentle questions took on a more searching nature, I had to really think about how much of myself I wanted to reveal. In the end I realised I didn’t actually have much to hide and Linda was so warm and friendly it was pretty easy to open up to her. I’m really happy with the result, and of course it was a gob-smacking moment to open the paper to this on Sunday, cheesy grin and all! Have I said how much I love my publicist at Hachette Australia? Go Jaki!

You can read the full interview here if you are interested.

Five Favourite Books …

Booktopia recently asked me to choose five favourite books. It’s almost impossible to whittle my list of favourites down to just five, but here are the ones that made the cut – chosen because they represent books that have moved or spoken to me at different stages in my life.

Do you agree with any of my five?

What would you choose?

For the Love of Books

Secrets of the Tides made it onto Aussie TV! It was chosen for discussion on STUDIO’s For the Love of Books show.

I was amazed to see Cheryl Akle defend my novel so enthusiastically. Unfortunately the two chaps didn’t seem to go for it but hey, you can’t win them all : ) – thanks for trying it guys. I’m still delighted you describe it as a “cosy Sunday afternoon read”, although I also know a few readers who might disagree with you.