The Booktopia Book Guru asks
Poor Little Bitch Girl,
Married Lovers, Drop Dead Beautiful
and a host of other bestselling titles
Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
Born in London. Dropped out of school at fifteen. Followed school with Hollywood – gaining invaluable research, and meeting characters that I still write about today.
2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?
Everybody said you can’t be a writer, you dropped out of school, you need to go to college, etc. But I followed my dream and ignored everyone. At twelve I was writing unfinished novels. At eighteen I was doing the same thing. And at thirty I was a published author.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
The beliefs I had at eighteen have stayed with me today. Strive and you will achieve. Work hard at what you love and your passion will shine through.
4. What were three works of art – book, painting, piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?
Book – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. So mysterious and exciting. The painting – A Bigger Splash by David Hockney. I built my house based on that painting. And music – What’s Goin’ On by Marvin Gaye. All of the above filled me with inspiration.
I am a born storyteller. One hundred years ago I would be sitting around the campfire saying “Let me tell you a story!”
6. Please tell us about your latest novel…
Poor Little Bitch Girl.Three twenty-something women, one hot, rich guy, two mega movie-stars, a drugs bust and a devastating murder. Poor Little Bitch Girl has it all!
There’s Denver Jones, the hotshot attorney working in L.A. and Carolyn Henderson – personal assistant to a powerful and very married Senator in Washington with whom she is having an affair. And then there’s Annabelle Maestro – daughter of two movie stars – who has carved out a career for herself in New York as the madame of choice for discerning famous men. The three twenty-something women used to go to high school together in Beverly Hills and Denver and Carolyn have always kept in touch, but Annabelle is out on her own with her cocaine addicted boyfriend Frankie.
Bobby is Frankie’s best friend – Bobby Santangelo Stanislopolous, that is, Kennedy-esque son of Lucky Santangelo and deceased Greek shipping billionaire Dimitri Stanislopolous. Now he owns Mood, the hottest club in New York, but back in the day he went to high school with Denver, Carolyn and Annabelle, and hung out with all three of them. Which means that Bobby knows everyone’s secrets – and he has some of his own, too. Read an Extract – Click Here
I fulfil my fantasies of what Hollywood and life in the fast lane is all about. Mind candy with hidden truths. And plenty of sly humour!
8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?
9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?
I’ve written 27 best selling novels. So my plan is to just keep on going!
10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?
Don’t talk about it. Do it!!
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About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.