Three Authors Offer Advice for Writers: Patrick Ness, Lauren Kate and Natasha Solomons

On March 1, 2010 I posted the first of the Ten Terrifying Questions 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.

I have long thought the advice offered to aspiring writers in answer to question ten deserved a vehicle of its own. Well, here it is. Every Friday evening (or Saturday morning if I forget. Ahem) I shall post the advice of three very different writers…

Q. What advice do you give aspiring writers?


‘1.  Call yourself a writer when people ask what you do (it’s important)

2.  Find time to write every day.

These are both far, far harder than you think they are, but they’re the most important things you’ll do.

Fear and panic in the air
I want to be free
From desolation and despair
And I feel like everything I sew
Is being swept away
When I refuse to let you go

(Lyrics by Muse)’

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“Live curiously. Make the whole world your muse. Never let yourself get bored—instead: eavesdrop, ask questions, try to learn as much as you can about as many things and as many people as you can.

If you live your whole life like a curious person, you’ll never be at a loss for things to write about.”

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“If the thought of doing anything else can make you happy, do that. Writing is a difficult career. In fact it’s more an affliction or an addiction than a job. If you read this, know the odds are against you and you don’t care – you’ve got to write anyway, then the chances are that you’re a writer.”

Read the full interview here…

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BREAKING NEWS: Natasha Solomons to visit Oz!

Hodder has announced the exciting news that Natasha Solomons, author of the charming Mr Rosenblum’s List, will visit Australian shores in late May as a guest of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Natasha answered our Ten Terrifying Questions last week – read her answer here.

Natasha Solomons, author of Mr Rosenblum’s List, answers Ten Terrifying Questions!


The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Natasha Solomons,

author of

Mr Rosenblum’s List,

Ten Terrifying Questions


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 South London and also went to school there, but every weekend and holiday was spent at my grandparents’ thatched cottage in deepest Dorset. I’ve always been a country girl. I think it’s the mud.

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

A writer. A writer. And a writer. Because I love stories. We plot our lives through stories, whether it’s an anecdote told over a coffee or the desire for a proper ending for a love affair. Stories help us understand the world and they make it a lot more fun. All I’ve ever wanted to do is Continue reading

What’s Hot for March – Twilight Graphic Novel, Lee Child, Ian McEwan plus a few surprises

It is always fascinating to see what people are attracted to with Booktopia Buzz. The March Buzz went out yesterday afternoon, and although people tend to read it at their leisure over time, I always like to have a peak at the click-throughs to see what is generating interest, and what is being ordered.

The big winner so far (after not even 24 hours of a e-newsletter that has a life of three or four weeks) is Lee Child’s Killing Floor. No surprises there as this is a special price edition of the first Jack Reacher novel, which we are letting go at $4.95. A lot of people pre-ordered 61 Hours, (out on March 18), but people have been putting their hands up for that one since December.

The other one that attracted a lot of attention yesterday was our exclusive pack of 6 Grug books – including the new one Grug and the Circus. Our Grug packs are always terrific value and this one is no exception. There are going to be a lot of happy kids out there.

Vampires and all things paranormal continue to hold sway, with plenty of people checking out the Twilight graphic novel, the new Australian editions of Melissa de la Cruz’ Blue Bloods series and Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the latest Pride and Prejudice and Zombies offering.

And debut author Natasha Solomons has gone head to head with Mr Man Booker himself, Ian McEwan. I waxed lyrical about both Mr Rosenblum’s List (Natasha Solomons) and Solar (Ian McEwan). I loved them both and we have equal numbers of pre-orders for both, but in general, they are attracting different buyers. At this stage however, given she’s the underdog, I’d have to say, Go Natasha!


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