Anita Heiss, author of Paris Dreaming, answers Five Facetious Questions

by |April 4, 2011

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Anita Heiss

author of Paris Dreaming, Manhattan Dreaming and many more…

Five Facetious Questions:

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1. Every writer spends at least one afternoon going from bookshop to bookshop making sure his or her latest book is facing out and neatly arranged. How far have you gone to draw attention to your own books in a shop?

Only one afternoon? I do it in every airport I walk into and I do it with all my friends’ books also! I take them out and line them all up along the shelf facing outwards.

2. So you’re a published author, almost a minor celebrity and for some reason you’ve been let into a party full of ‘A-listers’ – what do you do?

I go in and shine!

3. Some write because they feel compelled to, some are Artists and do it for the Muse, some do it for the cash (one buck twenty a book) and some do it because they think it makes them more attractive to the opposite sex – why do you do write? (NB: don’t say -‘cause I can’t sing, tap or paint!).

I write because it makes me happy.

4. Have you ever come to the end of writing a particularly fine paragraph, paused momentarily, chuffed with your own genius, only to find you’ve been sitting at the computer nude or with your dress half-way over your head or shaving cream on your face or toilet paper sticking out the back of your undies or paused to find that you’re singing We are the Champions at the top of your voice, having exchanged the words ‘we are’ for ‘I am’ and dropping an ‘s’? No? Well, what’s your most embarrassing writing moment?

Sitting in the Bowen Library with tears streaming down my face from laughing at some dialogue I wrote in Avoiding Mr Right. I thought it was hilarious. Those are the moments when the solo activity of writing is not so much fun.

5. Rodin placed his thinker on the loo – where and/or when do you seem to get your best ideas?

I’m with Rodin! There’s a literary breakthrough to be had every morning!

Anita, thank you for playing.

Want more of Anita?

Read Anita’s answers to my Ten Terrifying Questions HERE

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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.

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