Jane bounces her Lychee seeds, what can I say?

 

 

 

 Jane

 

 

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
 

 

Lychees or Peaches? with author, Adrian Deans: in which Adrian doesn’t tell us the meaning of life.

 

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1 Hard questions first, Adrian:

Lychees or Peaches?

Seeing as I’d rather suck petrol out of a hose before eating lychees, I guess it’s peaches.

 

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

Abbott’s Axe-murderer Receives Thanks of Nation

 

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

Too many to choose from… Maybe: “Is sex dirty?” “Only if it’s done right.” (Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex); OR “Anyone who doublecross Tuco and leave him alive…does not understand Tuco.” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) OR “Oh…and what’s so stinking about it?” (A Clockwork Orange)

 

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

 

I started out writing strange speculative fiction stories but accidentally morphed into an offbeat crime novelist. I certainly did not do this on purpose. My first stories were very ‘high concept’ and required a lot of work from the reader…they didn’t get published. I turned to writing screenplays and learned a huge amount about telling a story through dialogue and being very direct about getting from plot point to plot point. I also relaxed into my natural style – allowing some understated humour to enter the stories. Then when I tried again to write a novel, armed with my screenwriting skills and a very commercial story idea, the half-written draft (Mr Cleansheets) was accepted by the first publisher to whom I showed it. I found I enjoyed exploring the (slightly comic) dark side and seemed to have a talent for it. So I have increasingly focussed my writing in that direction.

 

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

 

I have discovered the meaning of life.

 

6 What is your latest book about?

 

My last book (Straight Jacket) was about a life sculptor – a lawyer who takes an interest in strangers and pulls strings in the shadows to change their lives as he thinks they deserve. At the same time the story is also being told from the perspective of a detective in charge of a serial killer investigation, but the detective can hardly focus on the case when his boss hates him, his deputy is trying to undermine him, and the woman he loves is having an affair. As it says on the back cover: In the cicada-throbbing heat of a Sydney summer, the threads of a strange story tangle together in a wild conclusion no-one will see coming.

 

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

 

Straight Jacket works on several levels. It is the name on the biker vests in the story; Morgen refers to his expensive suit as his ‘straight jacket’; Morgen’s greatest terror is to be regarded as bourgeois (which is a synonym for ‘straight’) and cicadas are an important transcendent theme. There is a cicada emerging from its shell on the cover. If I say any more I’ll spoil it, but no…there was no argument from the editor.

 

8 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?

 

Well, I seriously don’t daydream about this…but if I did, I’d be singing Life on Mars and David Bowie would turn for me.

 

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

 

Football, travel in Europe, great books and films, music, dinner parties with friends, excellent wine, any sort of writing success (especially good reviews) and my wife Kazzie.

 

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

My work desk is mainly my lap top on the train (I commute an hour each way to work every day).

 

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

 

All sorts of places (including the airport bookstores) but if in doubt:

http://www.highhorse.com.au/straight-jacket/ OR

http://www.booktopia.com.au/straight-jacket-adrian-deans/prod9780646906256.html

 

 

Thanks for taking part in Lychees or Peaches? Adrian!

If you would like to see more of Adrian you can find him here:

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http://adriandeans.wordpress.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18341665-straight-jacket

https://www.facebook.com/StraightJacket242

 

 

 

 

Lychees or Peaches? with author David Henley: wherever he lays his hat, that’s his desk!

 

Photograph by Michael Kennedy
Photograph by Michael Kennedy

 

1 Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

 Peaches if you got em

 

2 Pamela Freeman ate all the nectarines so Lychees or Peaches are really you’re only choice. If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

Hopefully something like ‘Sci-fi is back’ but don’t they outsource the headlines these days 🙂

 

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

 ‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’

 

4 With that famous reference we possibly don’t need to ask, but which genre do you usually write in? And why do you think this is so?

Sci-fi. For two reasons, I read a lot of science and technology blogs and magazines. The pace of change and the effect it is having on us as a species is fascinating. 

And I found early attempts to write in a contemporary setting, readers were just fixated on who the author was in the story. So I found it almost impossible to write ‘fiction’ in a now-world. It wasn’t fun for me. 

 

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

 I enjoy certain TV and movies that real men wouldn’t admit to. I’ll just say that Amy Sherman Palladino is awesome. 

 

6 What is your latest book about?

It’s book two in a trilogy and book one ended on a cliff hanger so I’ll be evasive. Basically the problems that had started to be revealed in PJ1 get out of control. The whole series is about future possibilities, where technology could lead us and what a hyper-connected world could look like. For me it is about having fun with ideas and I hope the readers enjoy it as much as I do. 

 

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

Manifestations was actually the original title for the first book. I had a new publisher in charge for book two and she wanted to change the direction. I know a lot of authors like to throw their weight around but the publisher is the one who has to sell the book. The packaging is their turf and I respect that. 

 

8  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?

‘I wanna be like you’ by King Louis in The Jungle Book. I’ve always wanted to make that into a rock song. 

Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh. 

 

9 So you’re The Voice dream is to be a mane-wearing rock-star? There’s an image. Okay, so what do you really, really, really, love?

Heart-love or brain-love? My heart will answer the wife, my family and my friends. 

My brain loves complexity and thinking about our crazy mixed up world. 

 

10 You have a Wizard of Oz theme developing here with your Lion and heart interests. Lets move on. Can you show us a quick snap of your work desk? No tidy spic and span ones please. I won’t believe you.

 

Desk? Where we’re going, we don’t need desks. 

I write everywhere. I just sync up my tech and then find a cafe or a couch and bring it all together on a laptop. 

Here’s where I’m writing answers to this Q&A

 

 

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

 I can’t show prejudice either way. Most bookshops ‘should’ have it, or can get it from HarperCollins. Ebooks from all the usual suspects. 

 

Thank you for taking part in Lychees or Peaches? David!

If you would like to know more about David, or just want to say hi, you will definitely find him at the following places.

@davidmhenley

www.facebook.com/TerenceBumbly

Www.pierrejnr.com

 

Lychees or Peaches? with author Pamela Freeman: don’t get between Pamela and her drum kit!

 

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1 Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

Um…nectarines? Peaches if I must.

 

2 Okay, nectarines it is then (you’re such a rebel Pamela.)  If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

Funnily enough, I received a copy of an article about me today.  The headline read:  Top Author Shares Secret With Students.  I’m okay with that one.

 

3 I wonder what that secret was – I bet it has something to do with drums – I guess we have to enroll in your novel writing course to find out! What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

This is hard…I’m a bit of a media girl. It’s likely to be a Monty Python line, like: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Or We would like: a shrubbery. I also love the first line of George Orwell’s 1984: It was a cold, clear day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.

 

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

This is a hard question for me as I’ve just changed genres. In the past, I’ve written mostly fantasy (plus science fiction, mystery and non-fiction).  But my most recent novel is for adults and it’s straight history, set in World War I.  It’s called A Soldier’s Wife.  I suspect I may be writing more of historical fiction – I started a few years ago, with a book about Mary MacKillop’s childhood, but it’s been growing on me. I enjoy the research, I think.  I used to do a lot of research for my day job, and I did find that when I started full-time writing I missed that element, so maybe that’s why I’ve turned to history.

 

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

I blush to admit it, but I don’t have many secrets. I talk too much for that and my husband knows me too well. Can I use one that he knows?  I have a passion for real estate.  I’m one of those people who are constantly going online to check out what’s open for inspection.  I like to ‘keep an eye on the market’ just in case – even though we have no immediate plans to move!  My husband indulges me in this.  At least it’s a cheap hobby!’

 

6 If that’s the case, Pamela, I’ll remember not to tell you any secrets!  What is your latest book about?

The last published book is a non-fiction book about how Australia changed during Mary MacKillop’s lifetime (a project book, really).  The next one coming out is the fourth Betony book, Princess Betony and the Hobgoblin.  And my current novel is the WWI book, A Soldier’s Wife, which is with the publisher at the moment.  I’m waiting to find out if they’re going to publish it.

 

7 Good luck with A Soldier’s Wife! How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fistycuffs with your editor?

Not so far, but the cover designer hasn’t got hold of it yet!  In my experience, that’s when you are most likely to be asked to change the title. In fact, I’ve changed it twice already. My first working title was 1916, which sounded like a text book; then I called it The Home Front, but I thought that sounded boring.

 

8 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?

I love Joel so I would pick him.  As for songs…. so, in my daydream, I sing a lot better than I actually do, of course, so I could handle songs I couldn’t really sing… something jazzy from the 30s, maybe? There’s a Bessie Smith song I heard recently (at a Hugh Laurie concert) which is so much fun and yet so heartbreaking that I couldn’t resist it. It’s called Send me to the Lectric Chair, and it’s a woman singing to the judge, asking him to give her the death penalty because she’s killed her unfaithful lover. Sounds appalling, but it’s a hell of a song! Judge, Judge, please Mister Judge, send me to the ‘lectric chair…

They would turn, oh yes they would!

 

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

My drum kit

 

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

 

chair

 I don’t write much at a desk.  The great advantage of writing in a chair is that it stays neater than a desk!

 

11 Lovely, lovely chair, I think you might have the secret to writer’s back health. Okay, serious stuff now: where can we purchase your latest book?

My kids’ books are available in most bookshops – or they can be ordered anywhere,  Dymocks, Booktopia, Amazon.  You won’t find Betony at Big W, because it’s a small (gorgeous) edition and they can’t shelve it, but once it’s out in paperback you’ll be able to get it there too (next year).  My adult fantasy books can be ordered also – I would recommend Pulp Fiction books if you want them quickly (0732362750)

 

Thank you for taking the time to do Lychees or Peaches, Pamela!

Pamela Freeman teaches a novel writing course at the Australian Writers’ Centre in Sydney, her next one starts in June, and I think there is still a couple of spaces if you are quick!

 

Pamela can also be found on Facebook at pamelafreemanauthor

 

 

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