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Lychees or Peaches: Snowy River Man’s her guy but would Ricky Martin turn for her?

 

 

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I’m very pleased to welcome Lizzy Chandler, author of the newly released Snowy River Man, to answer to Lychees or Peaches. Lizzy, as some of you might know, is the pen name of Elizabeth Lhuede of Australian Women Writers Challenge fame.

For the chance to win a copy of Snowy River Man, head over to Lizzy’s website to enter.

Thank you for taking part in Lychees or Peaches, Lizzy! Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

Lychees. No, peaches. No, Lychees. Can I have both?

 

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

Who’s reading books by Australian women?

 

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

 “ ‘Here I am.’ ‘So glad you are.’ ” – from Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan.

 

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

 Suspense. I like to think I’m a lot braver than I am.

 

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

 When I was three, I came out of the water at Balmoral Beach and thought my family had packed up and gone home without me. (I’m the eighth child of a huge family, Mum was in hospital with the tenth, and I’d just learned how to swim.) I found my way home up the hill, past Spit Junction, and to our old Federation home in Bardwell Street, Mosman – quite a way. When I got home there was nobody home.

 

What is your latest book about?

 A little boy goes missing from a country rodeo in the Australian alpine country and a psychic, Katrina Delaney, dreams where he is. She wants to help, but the boy’s father is Jack Fairley, a man with whom she had a one-night stand before realising he was engaged to be married.

Snowy River Man is a “category romance” with a twist on a traditional theme. It also has a subtext about race, class and mental illness which I hope give it a greater resonance for readers who don’t usually read or enjoy romance.

 

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

 I first came across Banjo Patterson’s poem “Man from Snowy River” when I was little and loved the rollicking rhythm and picture of the landscape it created in my imagination. In the opening of the novel, my hero Jack Fairley is riding a brumby at a country rodeo when his son goes missing, and I like to think Jack inherits the same “rugged mountain man” tradition.  The setting of the novel is in the northern reaches of the Snowy River Shire, near Adaminaby.

For the title there were no fisticuffs, though my editor did shorten the original. I didn’t realise till later that veteran Australian romance author Valerie Parv also published a book called Snowy River Man.


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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?

I loved watching The Voice – there is so much amazing talent out there! I’d want to sing Sia’s “Chandelier” – and not just because it resonates with my chosen pen-name of Lizzy Chandler. I’d only do it if I had an amazing voice, could dance like Maddie Ziegler in the video and it was the first time anyone on the planet had ever heard the song.

The celebrity judge I’d want to turn for me would be Ricky Martin. That way I could ask him to be on the cover of my next romance novel.

 

What do you really, really, really, love?

Being alive. Being conscious that consciousness is a privilege and I won’t be here forever. Knowing that the more I overcome my fear and learn to love myself and others, the better chance I have of leaving this planet a happier and safer place. Nature. The night sky. Books. My partner. (Not in that order.)

 

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

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

Snowy River Man was released on 22 February 2015. Readers can buy a copy from Australian Women Writers’ sponsor BookworldAmazon or the publisher, Escape.

Thanks again for taking part in Lychees or Peaches, Lizzy!

More about Lizzy can be found at Twitter,  Facebook, and Lizzy’s blog.

 

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Annabel Smith don’t know karate, but she know crazy!

 

 

 

 

Please welcome today’s Lychees or Peaches guest, Annabel Smith.  Annabel is the author of Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, A New Map of the Universe, and newly released, The Ark.

 

To win an e-book version of The Ark, all you need to do is leave a comment, and hope we pick you! That’s not hard!

 

 

Okay, hard questions first Annabel! : Lychees or Peaches?

Peaches. No contest. Lychees have such a creepy texture.

 

 

Oh, poor lychees. If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

Little-known author sprains ankle while dancing on staircase at husband’s 40th

 

 

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

As a teenager, I memorised the entire opening scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but nowadays I’m hopeless at remembering quotes. The only one that seems to stick in my head is from Shanghai Noon, when Owen Wilson says to Jackie Chan, ‘I don’t know karate but I know crazy!’.

 

 

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

Tricky question. My first two novels, A New Map of the Universe, and Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, are contemporary family dramas of the literary variety. I think I wrote in this genre because it is the genre I read in, and my brain couldn’t conceive that there was any other way to write a book! That genre also suited the stories I wanted to tell. My latest book is a complete departure, being a digital interactive speculative-fiction novel-in-documents. I have always loved speculative fiction, and I found myself telling a story set in 2041. Since the subject matter was slightly futuristic I thought, why not have a crack at the new storytelling modes that are now available.

 

 

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

I am a blabbermouth by nature, so there is literally nothing in the world that absolutely no one knows about me. There are a few things I try to hide, for example I am not very good at sharing. Don’t tell anyone.

 

What is your latest book about?

The Ark is the story of a group of scientists and their families who retreat into a bunker inside Mount Kosciusko during a post-peak oil crisis, alongside a seed bank which holds the key to the future of life on earth. It explores human nature in desperate times.

 

 

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

‘The Ark’ is the nickname the seed bank employees give to the facility they work in. It never had any other name; this one just felt right from the start. It is not original but it says everything I need it to say. I didn’t need to do battle with my editor because I self-published.

 

 

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?

I quite fancy myself singing The Motels’ Total Control. I have rather a crush on Devendra Banhart so I’d choose him for a judge, if only for the opportunity to stand near him in the green room.

 

 

What do you really, really, really, love?

My husband and son. Chocolate. Books. Dancing. 

 

 

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

 

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Oh no! I don’t drink wine or gin while I work, honestly. Both had water in them!

 

 

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

    Thearkbook.com

 

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

To read more about Annabel and her work, you can find her at her website, on Facebook, and on twitter

 

To win an e-book version of The Ark, all you need to do is leave a comment and hope we pick you!

 

Annabel Smith is the author of Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards. Her short fiction and non-fiction has been published in Southerly, Westerly, Wheeler Dailies and Junkee. She holds a PhD in Writing, is an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellow, and is a member of the editorial board of Margaret River Press. Her digital interactive novel/app The Ark has just been released.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: nicolehayesauthor.com 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! 

 

Castlemaine author Jenny Valentish gives Peaches the musical tang!

 

 

 

Photo by Susie Cavill
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 Today on Lychees or Peaches Castlemaine author Jenny Valentish gives peaches the musical flavour!. Jenny will be appearing at this years Bendigo Writers Festival on the panel Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon  ( or if you like Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon )with Nicole Hayes and Kirsten Krauth.

 

 

Okay Jenny, hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?
Lychees, or I’ll have Hugh Cornwell in my head.

 

I must admit I had to YouTube Hugh Cornwell and Peaches, but now that live guitar intro is stuck in my head. If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

NOT AGAIN! VALENTISH PLEADS INNOCENCE

 

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?
I’ve always liked the first line of Stephen King’s The Shining. “Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick.” BLAM!

 

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

I would say edgy commercial fic along the lines of Chuck Palahniuk and Brett Easton Ellis. I can’t help but write fast and furious; you’re not going to catch any of my characters meandering. I admire the likes of Romy Ash and Carrie Tiffany for their considered prose, but I have no desire to do it.

 

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

My nose itches a lot. It may be gluten.

 

Or dairy, my nose itches with dairy, just sayin’. What is your latest book about?

It’s inspired by all the bands I’ve interviewed who have grown to despise each other but are stuck. Two cousins, Nina and Rose, form The Dolls. They want to be L7 but they’re being marketed as pop (see also my answer to question seven) – and are struggling with this. They only got signed in the first place because of the nepotism of their aunt, who was a megalomaniac pop star in the 1980s, but as her career starts to make a comeback, she turns on them.

 

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

My original title was My Life in Reviews – so not nearly as commercial and chick-lit as Cherry Bomb. However, this book is being marketed by Allen and Unwin as commercial fiction with the aim of selling maximum copies, so when I was told (straight off the bat, before I’d even been signed) that the name would have to change, I accepted it. As a journalist I’ve worked at quite a few behemoth media companies at which some employees would accept all the benefits of that while trying to stick it to the man and cling onto their indie cred by undermining the company. That strikes me as hypocritical. If you sign up to something, you take that ride. Or just don’t sign up.

 

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?

I sing along to Adalita and Lana Del Rey a lot as that best suits my range, darling. Maybe LDR’s ‘Ride’. Judge: Matt Preston, just to mess with the heads of reality TV fans. Plus he used to write for the NME and I’d like to hear that kind of critique from him once more. I imagine it would be amusing.

 

 

What do you really, really, really, love?

Twilight. Actual twilight, not Twilight.

 

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

 

JV

 

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

Cherry Bomb can be found in many bookstores including Booktopia

 

Thanks for taking part in Lychees or Peaches, Jenny!

If you’d like to hear more from Jenny you can find her at her website  or on Twitter

Jane bounces her Lychee seeds, what can I say?

 

 

 

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We had a short hiatus from Lychees or Peaches while I found my way out of a hole, but now we have Jane Rawson, author of  A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists! Here we go, Jane!

 

Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

Oh peaches, without a doubt. Peaches are glorious, a little ball of heaven; lychees are revolting. In lychees’ favour though, they have very bouncy seeds.

 

Bouncy seeds?? Jane? Oh never mind…If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

 Shocked neighbours say: ‘but she seemed so nice!’

 

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

I haven’t a firm favourite, but this, from the first page of Moby-Dick, pops into my head a lot. “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball.”

 

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

The books I enjoy most are those which are a little bit odd, a little bit magic, where strange things happen but no one thinks much of it, where things are slightly off kilter and reading them makes you see the world differently. So I try to write in that genre, whatever that genre is, because that’s what I enjoy.

 

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

Sometimes I wish there was no such thing as books. My life has revolved around books for so long – what new things would I discover if they suddenly ceased to exist? Maybe I’d be a brilliant rock climber…

 

What is your latest book about?

 A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists is about what happens when you live so much in your memories, they become your real life. It’s also about living in a climate-changed Melbourne, about time travel to imaginary places, about impossible quests in a made-up version of America, about bureaucracy, about jokes and about love.

 

How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fistycuff’s with your editor?

The Office of Unmade Lists actually plays only a very small part in my novel – Suspended Imaginums and Shadow Storage & Retrieval are far more vital to the plot and characters take more than one wrong turn at them, but they just didn’t sound as nifty in my head. Anyway, it’s a ridiculous title and far too long to be telling people over and over, so I suggested to my publisher we come up with a different title and he said no, because he loved that one. So now I’m stuck with it.

 

 

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?

I would want to sing George Gershwin’s Summertime, which I would totally butcher, but I’d feel fine about it when Leonard Cohen spun around and told me, ‘never mind: we are ugly, but we have the music’.

 

 

Leonard Cohen? Did you got to his last tour? I did, and….(this is not the time for this is it?) What do you really, really, really, love?

Sometimes I go out with a friend or friends and we have a delightful time drinking and talking and laughing and all that. Then I step out onto the dark street and begin my walk home alone and that moment – when no one is watching and I can just be me – is the thing I really, really, really love. That, and Andy, who is my husband.

 

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

 

Jane's desk

 

Yes, my desk is in the bedroom closet. I can hear the neighbour’s terrible music through the wall.

 

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

 You can get a hard copy here at New South Books  or it’s on e-book at Kobo, Amazon and Google Play.

 

Thanks so much for taking part in Lychees or Peaches, Jane!

For more on Jane you can follow her on Twitter:@frippet

Or check out her blog at: http://janebryonyrawson.wordpress.com

Author Kirsten Krauth sings for Johnny Depp (in her dreams).

 

 

 

 

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!

 

If you would like to know more about Kirsten, she can also be found on the following social media.

Twitter: @KirstenKrauth

Facebook

Blog: Wild Colonial Girl

Author website

Goodreads

Pinterest
 

 

Author Eva Lomski takes on Elvis and won’t tell us what she’s feeding the budgie!

 

Okay Eva, here we go! Lychees or Peaches?

Years of tinned peaches with custard or ice-cream. It was the 70s. Peaches.

Oh yes, I remember, and it was only vanilla ice-cream, none of the fancy stuff! If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

I was, twice. Once, as a bus crash victim (minor crash but it went national). Once, as the victim of a newsroom slashing, as happens to journalists in media shakeups.

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.” To Kill a Mockingbird

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

I write literary short stories, which is a surprise to me, because I never read short stories (bar Roald Dahl) until my thirties. The fact I write shorts is no doubt a product of creative writing courses, however I’ve persevered because I love the restriction, freedom and challenge of the form. I’m also writing an historical novel.
Tell me a secret about yourself that nobody in the whole world knows? Go on tell me, nobody but me is listening.

My budgie is immortal. Seriously, has amazed us all.

What was your most recent work about?

Last published or last written? Last written was a medusa magic realism piece; while last published were pieces in The Sleepers Almanac, Cleaver Magazine and The Best Australian Stories.

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

No violence. Titles were, respectively, ‘Mother Medusa’, ‘How to Talk To a Fire Extinguisher’, ‘They Shared a Fish’ and ‘And Senseless Acts’.

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?

A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action Please. (Doubles as writing advice.) Gaga, Aguilera, Hugh Jackman.

What do you really, really, really, love?

Hugh Jackman. Oh, I mean my family.

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


 If you look closely you might see a past Lychees or Peaches contributer’s questions and answers on screen. Very clever. Plus, I’m thinking, some books/journals on your desk that may have your stories in them Eva?

Serious stuff now: where can we purchase your latest work?
Check out  Sleeperspublishing  and Black Inc. Publishing  and here’s the Cleaver link
Thank you for participating in Lychees or Peaches Eva!

Eva has a twitter account that you can find here @EvaLomski

Author Natasha Ewendt takes on Lychees or Peaches: Her weirdness finally explained, she’s a writer!

 

 

 

 

Okay Natasha! Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

Peaches. Usually I’d go for the weird option, but I was spoiled by home-grown peaches growing up and they are pretty awesome. I also have fond crazy teenage memories of the Presidents of the USA song, so yep, peaches win.

 

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

Weirdness explained at last: she’s a writer.

 

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

Toughie! So many great quotes to choose from. I’d have to go with Oscar Wilde’s “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

 

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

I’m what’s called a slipstream writer. I write in a few genres and I don’t limit myself. My first book is a dark fantasy/horror novel, and I have a few more books planned for that series so I’ll be in the horror world for a while, but I’m also working on a ‘doomed romance’, and I have some murder mysteries and other types of books and novellas up my sleeve – the bones are there waiting to be built on when I have the time. As for why, that’s a good question. I’ve always been more interested at looking beneath the layers of life rather than the surface – I’m intrigued by the unseen, so perhaps that’s why I write dark fiction, as a way of exploring the shadows.

 

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

 

I have a chronic addiction to Yoghurt Shop yoghurt

 

What is your latest book about?

 

My book, This Freshest Hell, is about two troubled best friends and their journey through a disenchanted life. In teenage despair they invoke a dark spell, and ten years later the bloody consequences come to bear when they’re dragged into the vampire world and find themselves fighting for their lives – and taking some along the way. Those who don’t like horror shouldn’t be put off – it’s more of a drama, an exploration of the search for the meaning of life than a horror or vampire novel, and if you enjoy wry humour and dark takes on life, you might like it.

 

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

 

I had a few ideas but liked my editor’s suggestion of This Freshest Hell as a play on a quote by the legendary Dorothy Parker. I liked it as 1) I can relate to Dottie’s cynical outlook and 2) I can also relate to the story behind the quote. When she was interrupted by a phone call while writing, she exclaimed “What fresh hell can this be?” She went on to use it in place of “hello” when answering the phone or the doorbell. It has gone on to be widely quoted, usually as “What fresh hell is this?”. The most recent I’ve seen being Madam Delphine (or Madame Delphine’s head) in American Horror Story: Coven. My editor came up with This Freshest Hell as the main character Lily seems to go from “one fresh hell” to the next in her life.

 

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?

Oooh another great question. Well, since the INXS TV specials I’ve had them on heavy rotation in my car, so it would probably be either Don’t Change or Mystify. As for the judge, hmm …  maybe Gerard Way or Billy Corgan.

 

What do you really, really, really, love?

Yoghurt! And fluffy socks. And various other odd things!

 

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

I like to sit on my couch and look at the sea view while I write. The perks of living in a seaside town!

 

Thank you for taking on Lychees or Peaches, Natasha!

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Fantasy author Kylie Chan takes on Lychees or Peaches and promises she won’t sing to you!

 

 

 

 

Okay Kylie, hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

 

Of course lychees. The sound of the cicadas in summer is the mark of the beginning of the lychee season and I cannot wait for it. My Chinese mother-in-law used to soak them in salt water to make them more sweet: I find this completely unnecessary.

 

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

 

AUTHOR IS MUCH SHORTER AND ROUNDER THAN EXPECTED

 

What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

 

Right now? ‘Hail Hydra’. It’s being memed all over the place and I’m loving it. A certain Prime Minister and Treasurer are having it added to their photos…

 

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

 

Fantasy, because it isn’t fun unless there’s a strange supernatural angle to everything. Normal and everyday is so normal and everyday. And boring. Gods and demons, fate of the world, huge explosions – that’s the real fun stuff!

 

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

 

I don’t like sushimi. My children find me totally embarrassing when I won’t eat raw fish at the sushi place. I’ve tried many times to give it a chance (really) but there’s something about the texture that turns me off. Strangely enough I enjoy smoked salmon, which is similar. Weird, I know.

 

What was your latest book about?

 

This would be my latest release, ‘Demon Child’, which is hitting bookstores right now. It’s the penultimate volume of a very long (way too long) and epic storyline with Chinese gods and demons battling over the fate of the Earth and all humanity. After living in Hong Kong for ten years with my Chinese husband, I decided to do something completely different from the usual Tolkienesque storyline and went full-on Chinese martial arts. Fun!

 

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

 

You do know that I’m trained in martial arts, right? I love my editor far too much to do anything like that to her. The titles have been a source of exasperation for both me and Harper-Collins, as I really suck at creating them and they have to come up with something on my behalf. (The names of the first trilogy were originally One, Two, and Three.) Usually they call me asking for the title, I pick something out of the air, we have a short disagreement, I give them a few options, and they choose the least terrible or suggest something not-completely-terrible. It’s a structured, logical and well-thought-out process (who am I kidding).

 

When you daydream about singing on The Voice (I know you do) which song do you sing and if you could have any celebrity judge in the world turn for you who would it be?

 

You don’t know me at all! I would never inflict the weapon of mass destruction that is my singing voice on anyone, even my worst enemy. I’m pretty cruel but I’m not THAT cruel!

 

What do you really, really, really, love?

 

CHEESECAKE. And tech. Give me an advanced Android tablet in a waterside cafe with a long black coffee and a piece of New York baked cheesecake and I am in HEAVEN.

 

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

 

 

The desktop wallpaper across my screens is a pic of the container terminal in Hong Kong at Stonecutter’s Island (google maps link here:). It looks like a futuristic sci-fi city, not like a real place at all. I used to drive across that bridge heading home from Hong Kong Island to Sha Tin after a long day helping people with their computer woes.

The space between the front of the desk and the notes minibinder is usually occupied by a large amount of Cat. I recently lost my dear Bigcat to lymphoma and just this week adopted a new kitty from the shelter, who is still settling in and yet to fully take up her role as desk ornament/writing muse so the work on book 9 ‘Black Jade’ isn’t progressing as well as could be hoped.

 

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

 

Everywhere! It should be everywhere. Here’s the link from the publisher’s website, with more links to all the places you can buy it online

 

Thank you for taking part in Lychees or Peaches Kylie!

 

Like to read more about Kylie Chan?

Website: www.kyliechan.com

Twitter: @kyliecchan

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