Three Authors Offer Advice for Writers: Kirsten Tranter, Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, and LEE CHILD

I had promised to post a new set of three authors offering writing tips every Friday evening but this is the second third fourth time in a row I have forgotten to do so. Hmmm… Maybe I should just promise to post every Saturday? Or even better, forgo the promise… I know what I’ll do.

New announcement: I have long thought the advice offered to aspiring writers in answer to question ten of my Ten Terrifying Questions deserved a vehicle of its own. Well, here it is. I shall post the advice of three very different writers  every [mumble mumble]. Is that clear? Every [mumble mumble].

Bit of history: On March 1, 2010 I posted the first of the Ten Terrifying Questions author interviews. Since that date I have posted over 200 interviews with authors ranging from mega selling global stars like Jackie Collins and Lee Child to brilliant, relatively unknown debut authors such as Favel Parret and  Rebecca James.

Q. What advice do you give aspiring writers?


LEE CHILD

“Ignore all advice. There’s room for only one mind on your side of the transaction, and it needs to be yours and yours alone.”

Read the full interview here…

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TIM “ROSSO” ROSS

“Just type. Also, keep a book with notes in it and collate thoughts in your head when you run, walk or are on the train – it is as, or if not more, important as putting pen to paper.

If that doesn’t work, put a sign on your fridge that says, “If that dingbat Rosso can write a book, anybody can.””

Read the full interview here…

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KIRSTEN TRANTER

Read as widely as you can, and train your eye to see what good writers are doing well and how they do it.

Bring to your writing the kind of passion and urgency that Donna Tartt‘s narrator describes in the prologue to The Secret History:

I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.” I think I was only able to find the courage to write my first novel once I truly felt that myself.”

Read the full interview here…

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Kirsten Tranter, author of The Legacy and now, A Common Loss, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kirsten Tranter

author of A Common Loss and The Legacy

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Singapore and raised in Sydney, in the inner west. I studied English and Fine Arts at Sydney Uni and went to the US in 1998 to do a PhD in English at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I ended up specialising in English Renaissance poetry and lived in New York for around eight years while I studied.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At 12 I had no idea. A visual Continue reading

The Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2011

Congratulations to all of the longlisted authors!

Update: Click here for The 2011 Miles Franklin Award Shortlist

The longlisted authors are:

Jon Bauer – Rocks in the Belly

How far can you push a child before he snaps?

Rocks in the Belly tells the story of an eight-year-old boy and the adult he becomes. When he is young his mother fosters boys, despite the jealous turmoil it arouses in her son: jealousy that reaches unmanageable proportions when she fosters Robert, a child she can’t help bonding with. As the connection between them grows, the son’s envy triggers an event that profoundly changes everyone. Especially Robert.

At twenty-eight, still haunted by his childhood, the son returns to face his mother, who is now chronically ill. He hasn’t forgiven her for what happened to Robert, and yet she isn’t the same domineering woman anymore. Now she’s the dependent one and he the dominant force — a power he can’t help but abuse.

Written in two startlingly original voices, Rocks in the Belly is about the effortless destruction we wreak on one another in the simple pursuit of our own happiness, and a reminder that we never leave our childhood behind. A fast-paced, powerful, yet often beautiful and funny novel.

Order your copy of Rocks in the Belly here

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Honey Brown – The Good Daughter

Rebecca Toyer and Zach Kincaid each live on the outskirts of town, but come from very different sides of the tracks. When Zach’s wealthy mother goes missing, Rebecca – the truckie’s daughter – is implicated in her disappearance.

In the weeks that follow, Rebecca and Zach are drawn into a treacherous, adult world. Eager to please, Rebecca finds herself in danger of living up to the schoolyard taunts she so hates, while Zach channels his feelings through the sights of his gun.

In the fading summer light, grudges are nursed and tempers fray, and as old lies unravel it seems nobody can be relied on. But beyond the fallout, the hard lessons in love and betrayal have not been wasted. Rebecca and Zach realise that judgements can be flawed – and that trust is better earnt than given.

Original, unsettling and compelling, The Good Daughter is the much-anticipated second novel from Continue reading

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