Don’t get between Nicole Hayes and her Freddo Frogs!




 If you would like to win a copy of Nicole Hayes’ novel, The Whole of My World, leave a comment on this post to go in the draw to win! 

I was pleased to have met Nicole Hayes at The Bendigo Writers Festival on the Girl You’ll be A Woman Soon Panel. Along with Kirsten Krauth and Jenny Valentish we had a lot of fun chatting about coming of age novels and now she’s on my little blog to dissect the Lychees or Peaches questions.

Thank you for taking part in Lychees or Peaches, Nicole!



  • Okay! Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?


Peaches. No question.



  • If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?


Local author wins multi-million dollar movie deal! (Because that’s what would have to happen for any newspaper to write about me. And a girl can dream.)



  • What is your favourite line from a book or movie?


We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”



  • Which genre do you usually write in? And why do you think this is so?

Young Adult. Because I really believe no one gets adolescence right the first time. This way I get a second shot. And an editor.



5                     Tell me a secret about yourself that nobody in the whole world knows? Go on tell me, nobody but me is listening.


I used to tell a story about how, as a kid, I’d felt so guilty about stealing a Freddo Frog from the local milk bar – my one and only time – that I snuck back the next day to pay for it. I’m pretty sure it never happened. As I remember, I stole the chocolate (once) but was too scared and embarrassed to go back to pay for it. I knew a girl who did do that, though, and I think that I so wished I had done the right thing that, at some point, I began to tell her version of the story.


6                     What is your latest book about?

The Whole of My World is about a teenage girl who, harbouring her own terrible secret surrounding a family tragedy, disappears into the intoxicating world of Australian football where she befriends a star player at the end of his career.


7                     How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fisticuffs with your editor?


 Not quite. Actually, my publisher came up with this title because the original title was a bit too footy-focussed, when football is only the background to the story. The title comes from a part in the novel when Shelley, the main character, articulates a big theme in the story, and uses these words — “the whole of my world” — to describe the things that matter to her. Her obsession is all encompassing, and all pervasive. That’s her problem: she’s lost perspective. So the revised title is a much more appropriate one. My publisher saw that right away.



8                     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?

Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. And the judge would have to be Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder because, well, I have a tiny crush.



9                     What do you really, really, really, love?

My daughters, my family, my friends. Stories in any form — writing, reading and watching them. Music, food, and football… I’ll stop there because, truly, there are too many things.



10                 Can you show us a quick snap of your work desk? No tidy spic and span ones. I won’t believe you!




11                 Serious stuff now: where can we purchase your latest book?


The Whole of My World is available in most bookshops, but here are some quick links to make it easy: Readings, Dymocks, Booktopia



Thank you Nicole! Where can we find out more about your book and your writing?


The Whole of My World is on Facebook – Like away! Or you can visit my website: and follow me on Twitter: @nichmelbourne.


Nicole Hayes is the author of The Whole of My World (Random House Australia), her debut Young Adult novel about family, friendship and football: ‘A touching and funny novel that captures all the awkwardness and joy of growing up.’ – The Hoopla. The Whole of My World has been long listed for the 2014 Gold Inky Award, shortlisted for the 2014 Young Australians’ Best Book Award, and was selected as a Dolly Magazine “Rad Read”. Nicole has an MA in Creative Writing, and is the Creative Writing Facilitator at Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House. She takes writing workshops at various locations around Melbourne, including for Australian Writers Centre and Writers Victoria. Her second novel is scheduled for publication by Random House in May 2015.


 If you would like to win a copy of Nicole Hayes’ novel, The Whole of My World, leave a comment on this post to go in the draw to win! 


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