Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge, 2015 – all in the past.

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It’s wrap up time for my Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge reading experience for 2015, for me that means time to announce yet again what a slow reader I am. MY NAME IS JULIE AND I AM A SLOW READER. My stated plan was to read 4 books by Australian women and review at least 3.

The books that I did read where RISK by Fleur Ferris, a fast-paced, relevant YA novel about a girl who finds danger on the internet. I also had the pleasure of interviewing Fleur at her launch of RISK in July. I read THE STRAYS by Emily Bitto,  a beautiful Stella Prize winning Literary novel which I read as part of my planning to share a panel with Emily at the Queenscliff Lit festival in May. And I read Elizabeth Lhuede’s Debut Novel, SNOWY RIVER MAN, a Romance novel written under the pen name, Lizzy Chandler, a  book with lovely  depictions of the Australian landscape written around a mystery type story. I said I would read MEDEA’S CURSE by Anne Buist, but even though it is a worthy work, I found that me being a writer that delves in psychological drama and Anne being a psychiatrist I unfairly expected more psych drama and that isn’t the type of book it is, so put it down.

Other readings this year  were Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing (not AU), Janette Winterson’s Written on the Body (not AU), some of the Australian novel by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Foreign Soil, which has won many awards, The Infinity Pool (not AU) which is a great summer holiday read, engaging but not too demanding, so you can relax on the beach and doze between reads, The Marquise of O by Heinrich von Kleist (notAU) written in 1808, a drama involving a mysterious rape, which I promised to review for someone but haven’t, YET, and The spring edition of Tincture Journal which features many Australian writers.

This year I also read books on writing. I’m currently reading A KITE IN THE WIND which has an excellent essay first up on the separation of author, narrator and character (NOT AU)

That’s it! bring on 2016! 2016 book resolution: I WILL READ BETTER!

 

 

Post from march 2015:

I’m a little bit slow to get my blog post of intended reads down this year, it’s already coming up to Easter, so here we go! I’m planning the Stella level ( read 4 – review at least 3 ). I’m being conservative, but I know I’ll read more, I’m cheating – if I set my sights on a low level I know I won’t fail!

Here are my four intended reads of women writers for this year:

* RISK by Fleur Ferris (YA) (Fleur is an author buddy of mine, so I’m excited about this one)

* MEDEA’S CURSE (PSYCH THRILLER) by Anne Buist (I was appearing with Anne at Queenscliffe Lit fest so picked this one up quick smart, but now instead of Anne, I’m appearing with the next lady on my list –)

* THE STRAYS by Emily Bitto (LIT FIC) (The Strays has been shortlisted for this years Stella Prize)

* SNOWY RIVER MAN (ROMANCE) by Lizzy Chandler ( also known as Elizabeth Lhuede, founder of the Australian Women Writers Challenge)

I’ll also be heading back to some favourite women writers this year, with a little bit of Doris lessing, no, not Australian, but a favourite, and a bit of Elizabeth Jolley. I stopped reading Jolley when she passed away a few years ago because I didn’t ever want to find myself in the position of not ever having another Jolley to read, but there are so many that I’ll have forgotten them by the time I come back to them again, and anyway, there’s a finite number of books you can read in your lifetime so might as well make them good ones!

Happy Reading!

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015!

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I’m a little bit slow to get my blog post of intended reads down this year, it’s already coming up to Easter, so here we go! I’m planning the Stella level ( read 4 – review at least 3 ). I’m being conservative, but I know I’ll read more, I’m cheating – if I set my sights on a low level I know I won’t fail!

Here are my four intended reads of women writers for this year:

* RISK by Fleur Ferris (YA) (Fleur is an author buddy of mine, so I’m excited about this one)

* MEDEA’S CURSE (PSYCH THRILLER) by Anne Buist (I was appearing with Anne at Queenscliffe Lit fest so picked this one up quick smart, but now instead of Anne, I’m appearing with the next lady on my list –)

* THE STRAYS by Emily Bitto (LIT FIC) (The Strays has been shortlisted for this years Stella Prize)

* SNOWY RIVER MAN (ROMANCE) by Lizzy Chandler ( also known as Elizabeth Lhuede, founder of the Australian Women Writers Challenge)

I’ll also be heading back to some favourite women writers this year, with a little bit of Doris lessing, no, not Australian, but a favourite, and a bit of Elizabeth Jolley. I stopped reading Jolley when she passed away a few years ago because I didn’t ever want to find myself in the position of not ever having another Jolley to read, but there are so many that I’ll have forgotten them by the time I come back to them again, and anyway, there’s a finite number of books you can read in your lifetime so might as well make them good ones!

Happy Reading!

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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