Okay, Favel, hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?
Yes this is a hard question!! I like both. I remember Lychees being this big deal when I was a kid. I’m going to say – Lychees
If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?
Really loves dogs. – I think I sometimes like dogs more than people!
What is your favourite line from a book or movie?
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou
Having quoted Maya Angelou is so very synchronous, Favel – especially as you sent this my way in mid may. Which genre do you usually write in? And why do you think this is so?
Fiction – stories – scenes. I follow character – go where they lead me. I think I write fiction because I am good at daydreaming! Also, I love to read fiction.
Tell me a secret about yourself that nobody in the whole world knows? Go on tell me, nobody but me is listening.
I daydream pretty much all the time and I always have. I guess this is not a real secret. I sometimes eat pickled herring right out of the jar, standing by the fridge.
What is your latest book about?
Well – here is the blurb
Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother’s sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart’s stone streets seeps into everything.
Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all – of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything. But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all.
For Isla, those two long summers will change everything.
How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fistycuffs with your editor?
Titles are so hard. I had lots and i changed my mind every few weeks while writing. But when I was on the ship going to Antarctic, I kept writing ‘when the night comes, when the night comes…’ In the end it was a clear winner. No fistycuffs – just lots of sighs!
What do you really, really, really, love?
Dogs, the southern ocean, this earth. I really really love my niece and nephew, my brother and the family that i have made with friends and relatives (and dogs)
Can you show us a quick snap of your work desk? No tidy spic and span ones please. I won’t believe you.
“I am very very messy. I can’t be neat”
Serious stuff now: where can we purchase your latest book?
The book will be out September this year – published by Hachette Australia.
Thank you so much for taking part in Lychees or Peaches? Favel!
Favel has a new website that you can peruse here.