Okay Kirsten! Hard questions first if you dare! Lychees or Peaches?
I love them both: the shape of them in my mouth. But I’d have to go for lychees. As a child I loved them in a tin. But discovering them out of the syrup and peeling them by hand is summer.
If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?
Wild Colonial Girl Goes on a Rampage: Prime Minister Kidnapped, Whereabouts Unknown
Hate to think what you’ll do with him? Make him do the ironing? What is your favourite line from a book or movie?
“A family’s like a gun. You point it in the wrong direction and you’re going to kill somebody.” – Trust (Hal Hartley)
Which genre do you usually write in? And why do you think this is so?
The more I think about it, the less I like to define my writing. I like blurry boundaries. In the case of my first novel, just_a_girl, I see it as a mash up of literary fiction, YA, gritty realism, techy speak, experimental, grungy, comedy, strange romance and magic realism. Does that help?
I know just_a_girl well Kirsten, and I think that’s a very apt description. Tell me a secret about yourself that nobody in the whole world knows? Go on tell me, nobody but me is listening.
It’s so cold in Castlemaine that I often fall asleep in bed, fully clothed, with my finger in the page of a book and the lamp on. I don’t like getting changed as the winter chills me to the bone. Then, when I fall asleep under a doona, two waffle weaves and an alpaca rug, I gradually strip off as I get too hot, but I never remember this part, and by morning I’m usually somehow in my PJs!
What was your latest book about?
just_a_girl is a novel about being isolated and searching for a sense of connection, faith, friendship and healing, and explores what it’s like to grow up negotiating the digital world of facebook, webcams, internet porn, mobile phones and cyberbullying – a world where the line between public and private is increasingly being eroded. It’s about the relationship between a 14 year old girl and her single mother as they negotiate this digital and suburban landscape.
How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fistycuffs with your editor?
The book was inspired by the No Doubt song, ‘just a girl’: ‘I’m just a girl living in captivity’ and Layla uses just_a_girl as her avatar online. I felt like the title just_a_girl was catchy and contemporary, and fully embraced what it is to be a girl and woman living in Western culture today. The title was never questioned along the way. I think the underscores make it distinctive.
When you daydream about singing on The Voice (I know you do) what song do you sing and if you could have any celebrity judge in the world turn for you who would it be?
How did you know that I’m a Voice tragic? It is the only show I watch on TV live as it unfolds (except for Offspring). I am rather fond of Ricky Martin (can anyone be so goddamn perfect?). But I’d sing some breathy mysterious number (Sarah Blasko’s All Coming Back) and it would be for Johnny Depp to turn (he can sing, can’t he?).
What do you really, really, really, love?
Having a bath (or a spa), champagne, going to the movies, my kids laughing together, dancing, disco, Lorrie Moore: preferably all on one day.
Serious stuff now: where can we purchase your latest book?
Head to my website (www.kirstenkrauth.com) to find out more about me and just_a_girl.
See you in Bendigo, Julie!
Will do Kirsten! And thank you for taking on Lychees or Peaches!
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