The wonderful Louise Allan has a great section on her website called ‘Writers in the Attic’ which I find incredibly inspiring and validating. Louise and I spent a week together at Varuna earlier this year and I was delighted she asked me into the attic. Here I am, talking about biscuits.
I’m jolly well delighted to be included in this year’s Going Down Swinging (which, by-the-by, is GORGEOUS to behold). My story ‘The Great Pretender’ was inspired by a research tangent I spiralled out on during research for The Book of Ordinary People. Rather than doing what I had planned to do, I spent a delightful day in the State Library of Victoria reading about the various pretenders to abolished or usurped thrones across the globe. It was something I’d never considered and was fascinated by: what would life be like for these would-be royals and what if one of them ended up in suburban Australia? Pretenders to the throne – they’re just like us!
If you’ve not checked out the very excellent website of writer Annabel Smith, I highly encourage you to do so.
Annabel is on a mission to de-mystify and normalise the best kept secrets of being a writer – the challenges of making a crumb, how the industry works, the battles we all face to legitimise ourselves in our own eyes as writers. She’s just so grouse.