Countdown to Australia’s Favourite Novelist: 20-11 as voted by you


Welcome to day four of the countdown of Australia’s Favourite Novelists, as voted by you, to celebrate our month of Australian Stories.

Don’t forget to pencil in January 24th on the calender as we celebrate the Australia Day weekend in style with the announcement of Australia’s top 10 Favourite Novelists!

Today the countdown continues, 20-11 as voted by you.


20. Geraldine Brooks

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.

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In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans.

She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and People of the Book is a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

Click here to go to Geraldine Brooks’ author page


19. Rachael Johns

An English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. That’s some of the ingredients that make up one of the most successful Romance Writers in Australia, Rachael Johns.

In a relatively short space of time, Rachael has shown herself a force to be reckoned with, helping to bolster a new movement in Australian Romance writing. At 17 she began writing, enlightened by the thought that she could create whatever ending she liked, and almost a decade later, after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, she joined the Romance Writers of Australia association.

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It was there that Rachael learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts. She learnt about the craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc, and also discovered that she loved contemporary romance.

She lives in rural Western Australia with her husband and their three children.

Congratulations Rachael on coming 10th in the vote for Australia’s Favourite Novelist for 2013.

Click here to go to Rachael Johns’ author page


18. Ruth Park

Another in a long line of writers born elsewhere yet able to capture Australian life so beautifully, Ruth Park’s writing has had a lasting effect on both adults and children for over 60 years.

Born in Auckland to a Scottish father and a Swedish mother, Park moved to Australia in 1942 where she had lined up a job with another newspaper.

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Her first novel was The Harp in the South, a graphic story of Irish slum life in Sydney, which has been translated into 37 languages. Even though it was acclaimed by literary critics, the book proved controversial with sections of the public due to its candour. It remains her most popular novel and has never been out of print.

Between 1946 and 2004, she received numerous awards for her contributions to literature in both Australia and internationally including the Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings in 1977. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987.

Click here to go to Ruth Park’s author page


17. Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s writers. He is the author of over 20 books, including nonsense verse, short stories, comic novels and plays. Over the past 15 years Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, won over 50 children’s choice awards, been adapted as a television cartoon series and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

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Andy has had a long-standing collaboration with illustrator Terry Denton. Their latest collaboration is The 13-Storey Treehouse which was voted ABIA’s 2012 Book of the Year for Older Readers, and September 2012 sees the hugely anticipated The 26-Storey Treehouse. Meanwhile Andy and Terry are also working on a collection of inspirational writing exercises called Once Upon a Slime for English teachers and emerging writers and illustrators to be published in April 2013.

Click here to go to Andy Griffiths’ author page


16. Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than twenty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both children and adults.

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Since The Witches of Eileanan was named a Best First Novel of 1998 by Locus Magazine, Kate has won or been nominated for numerous awards, including a CYBIL Award in the US. She’s also the only author to win five Aurealis awards in a single year, for her Chain of Charms series – beginning with The Gypsy Crown – which tells of the adventures of two Romany children in the time of the English Civil War. Book 5 of the series, The Lightning Bolt, was also a CBCA Notable Book.

Kate’s books have been published in 14 countries around the world, including the UK, the US, Russia, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. She lives by the sea in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, three children, a rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgeback, a bad-tempered black cat, and many thousands of books.

Click here to go to Kate Forsyth’s author page


15. Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas was born in Melbourne in 1965. Loaded, his first novel, was published in 1995 and later made into the award-winning film Head On. In 1996 he collaborated with Sasha Soldatow on the dialogue Jump Cuts. His novel The Jesus Man was published in 1999.

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He is the author of several plays including Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, Dead Caucasians and Non Parlo di Salo, co-written with Spiro Economopoulos.

His critically acclaimed novel Dead Europe was published in 2005 and in 2008 he reached bestselling status with the bold The Slap which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

Click here to go to Christos Tsiolkas’ author page


14. Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody is Australia’s most highly acclaimed author of fantasy titles for older readers.

She began her first book, Obernewtyn, when she was fourteen and since then she has written some of our greatest works of fantasy. She is perhaps best known for her Obernewtyn Chronicles and for her novel The Gathering (joint winner of the 1993 Children’s Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBC Book of the Year Award).

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Another of her novels, Greylands, was joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction – Young Adult Division, and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. She has also written many short stories for both children and adults.

Isobelle divides her time between Prague in the Czech Republic and her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Click here to go to Isobelle Carmody’s author page


13. Fiona McIntosh

Fiona McIntosh is a fantasy author originally born in Brighton, England. At the age of nineteen, she travelled first to Paris and later to Australia, where she has lived ever since.

She worked for many years in the travel industry but after her shift to full-time writing she roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels.

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Adelaide is her home base, which she shares with her husband and twin sons, but Fiona does most of her writing from the peace of southern Tasmania.

To date she has written 24 adult novels across various genres and seven novels for children.

Click here to go to Fiona McIntosh’s author page


12. Rachael Treasure

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Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children, Rosie and Charlie. Her three novels, Jillaroo, The Stockmen, and The Rouseabout, have all been bestsellers in Australia, selling more than 100,000 combined copies by the end of 2007. In 2008 Random House signed her to a 4 book contract for British release.

A former jillaroo and reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on rural affairs, she is a passionate working dog trainer and in 2007 received Tasmania’s rural woman of the year award.

Click here to go to Rachael Treasure’s author page


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11. John Flanagan

John Flanagan’s bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. The series has come a long way since then.

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Now sold to more than twenty countries, the series regularly appears on the New York Times Bestseller List and has been shortlisted in children’s book awards in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. He is currently writing further titles in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

Click here to go to John Flanagan’s author page


Check out our Australian Stories section, full of the best Aussie Titles as well as prizes and giveaways!


Don’t forget to come back tomorrow at 10am as we continue to countdown to Australia’s Favourite Novelist!

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Rachael Treasure

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling author of rural romance Rachael Treasure to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
My perfect date is a sticky date. Sticky Date is my favourite. It’s warm, it’s rich and it tastes delicious with that all that caramel sauce swilling over it and the ice cream melting beautifully in tantalising pools of creamy sweetness. A sticky date is even more perfect when served on the six-pack belly of a reclining cowboy wearing just his jeans under the Montana summer sun with his muscled horse grazing peacefully nearby. That’s tasty and it’s a perfect double date. Continue reading

Countdown to Australia’s Favourite Novelist: 50-41 as voted by you

Booktopia would like to give a massive thanks again to everyone who has voted in to decide who is Australia’s Favourite Novelist. Without you we wouldn’t be able to have this celebration of outstanding Aussie Writers.

The votes have been counted and we have our top 50, and it’s a wonderful list full of surprises. It reflects the diversity and vibrancy of Australian Literature both past and present, as well as a reminder of an exciting future ahead of us.

At Midday (EST) every day this week we’ll be announcing the list in groups of ten. The top ten will be announced at Midday on Friday the 25th of January.

So without further ado, here’s the 50-41 placings for Australia’s Favourite Novelist, as voted by you.


50. Peter Temple

Peter Temple is the author of nine novels, including four books in the Jack Irish series. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction five times, and his widely acclaimed novels have been published in over twenty countries.

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The Broken Shore won the UK’s prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger for the best crime novel of 2007 and Truth won the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the first time a crime writer has won an award of this calibre anywhere in the world.

Temple’s first two novels Bad Debts and Black Tide have been made into films with Guy Pearce starring as Jack Irish.

Click here to go to Peter Temple’s author page


49. Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff was born and brought up in Perth. He grew up reading and collecting books and spent most of his free time playing Dungeons & Dragons.

He graduated with an Arts degree and then spent ten years in the field of creative advertising for which he won several awards.

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Jay is the author of The Lotus Trilogy, a Japanese-inspired fantasy series published in 2012.

He currently lives in Melbourne with his wife and dog.

Click here to go to Jay Kristoff’s author page


48. Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell has written the novels, Shiver, Cleave, Lovesong, The Bride Stripped Bare, Wih My Body and The Book Of Rapture, as well as the non-fiction book, Pleasure: An Almanac for the Heart. Her work has been internationally critically acclaimed and translated into many languages.

In France she’s been described as a female Jack Kerouac, in Australia as one of the most original and engaging authors of her generation and in the US as one of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time.

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The French literary review “Lire” has included her in a list of what it calls the fifty most important writers in the world – the ones it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. The criteria for selection included a very individual voice and unmistakeable style, as well as an original choice of subject. Nikki Gemmell was selected along with such novelists as Rick Moody, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Froer, Rohinton Mistry, Tim Winton, Colum McCann, Michel Faber and Hari Kunzru among others.

Click here to go to Nikki Gemmell’s author page


47. Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of four novels – Pieces of a Girl, The Submerged Cathedral, The Children and Animal People, as well as a collection of short personal reflections on cooking, Love & Hunger.

She was also editor of the anthology of writing about siblings, Brothers & Sisters (2009). Her books have been critically well received and frequently short-listed for prizes.

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Animal People was longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. She has a background in journalism and has also taught writing at a variety of levels

She currently lives in Sydney. She is working on a fifth novel. Charlotte Wood also writes about food and cooking at her blog, http://www.howtoshuckanoyster.com.

Click here to go to Charlotte Wood’s author page


46. Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s writers. He is the author of over 20 books, including nonsense verse, short stories, comic novels and plays. Over the past 15 years Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, won over 50 children’s choice awards, been adapted as a television cartoon series and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Our Pick

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Andy has had a long-standing collaboration with illustrator Terry Denton. Their latest collaboration is The 13-Storey Treehouse which was voted ABIA’s 2012 Book of the Year for Older Readers, and September 2012 sees the hugely anticipated The 26-Storey Treehouse. Meanwhile Andy and Terry are also working on a collection of inspirational writing exercises called Once Upon a Slime for English teachers and emerging writers and illustrators to be published in April 2013.

Click here to go to Andy Griffiths’ author page


45. Di Morrissey

Di Morrissey  is one of Australia’s most popular female novelists. She grew up in Pittwater, north of Sydney.

She became a journalist on London’s Fleet Street, and worked for CBS in Honolulu. After moving back to Australia, she published her first book ‘Heart of the Dreaming’ which instantly became a bestseller. Since then she has published another 20 bestsellers.

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Morrissey is an environmentalist and activist. She has been a longtime supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi and has visited Burma several times where she is now helping raise funds to build a monastery school in Sagaing. Morrissey’s latest book, The Golden Land, is set in Burma.

Click here to go to Di Morrissey’s author page


44. Christina Stead

Christina Stead (1902-1983) was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and psychological penetration. She wrote 15 novels and several volumes of short stories in her lifetime.

Her first novel, Seven Poor Men of Sydney, dealt with the lives of radicals and dockworkers. Stead’s best-known novel, with the ironic title The Man Who Loved Children, is largely based on her own childhood, and was first published in 1940. It was not until the poet Randall Jarrell wrote the introduction for a new American edition in 1965 that the novel began to receive a larger audience.

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In 2005, the magazine Time included The Man Who Loved Children in their “100 Best Novels from 1923–2005″, and in 2010 American author Jonathan Franzen hailed the novel as a “masterpiece” in The New York Times. Stead’s Letty Fox: Her Luck, often regarded as an equally fine novel, was officially banned in Australia for several years because it was considered amoral and salacious.

Click here to go to Christina Stead’s author page


43. Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas was born in Melbourne in 1965. Loaded, his first novel, was published in 1995 and later made into the award-winning film Head On. In 1996 he collaborated with Sasha Soldatow on the dialogue Jump Cuts. His novel The Jesus Man was published in 1999.

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He is the author of several plays including Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, Dead Caucasians and Non Parlo di Salo, co-written with Spiro Economopoulos.

His critically acclaimed novel Dead Europe was published in 2005 and in 2008 he reached bestselling status with the bold The Slap which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

Click here to go to Christos Tsiolkas’ author page


42. Rachael Treasure

Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children, Rosie and Charlie. Her three novels, Jillaroo, The Stockmen, and The Rouseabout, have all been bestsellers in Australia, selling more than 100,000 combined copies by the end of 2007. in 2008 Random House signed her to a 4 book contract for British release.

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A former jillaroo and reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on rural affairs, she is a passionate working dog trainer and in 2007 received Tasmania’s rural woman of the year award.

Click here to go to Rachael Treasure’s author page


41. Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter until he wrote his first children’s novel in 1993.

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He is now one of the world’s best-known and loved children’s authors. Gleitzman tackles tough subjects in a funny and offbeat way . He has never set out to write “issues books” and says that his writing is as much for himself as for his readers.

Click here to go to Morris Gleitzman’s author page


Don’t forget to come back tomorrow at midday as we continue to countdown to Australia’s Favourite Novelist!

Bestselling author Mandy Magro reveals her Five Favourite Australian Authors

Bestselling author

Mandy Magro

author of Rosalee Station reveals her

Five Favourite Australian Authors

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G’day!

I have been asked by Booktopia to reveal my five favourite Australian authors of all time, and although it’s been a tough decision, I have finally come up with my list! I haven’t got the authors in any particular order; I’ll just randomly mention them along the way….



Tony Park

Tony writes about what he knows, and what is close to his heart…Africa. His office is usually a tent set up amongst the grasslands of Africa with the amazing wildlife at his doorstep…so jealous!! His novels are powerful and poignant, enthralling page-turners that will have you up late into the night, or sitting bleary eyed at first light wondering where in the hell the night went! I adore Tony’s work, and to top it all off, he is a top bloke too!

Click here to buy Dark Heart by Tony Park



Venero Armanno

I first read Veny’s novel, Black Mountain, about six months ago and found myself instantly hooked. Black Mountain is the type of story that really makes you stop and think about existence and what happens outside your life’s bubble. His powerful words suck you right into the heart of his pages and make you feel as though you are right there with his characters.

Click here to buy Black Mountain by Venero Armanno



Lisa Heidke

I adore Lisa’s sense of humour and it shines brightly throughout her novels. Her characters are likable, exciting, adventurous and most importantly of all, three dimensional. I always find myself wishing I could be friends with them-and yes, I know they are not really real! I find Lisa’s novels delightful to read, the type of story that takes you away from life and makes you believe anything is possible.

Click here to buy Stella Makes Good by Lisa Heidke



Rachael Treasure

Rachael was the pioneer of rural romance with her bestselling novel, Jillaroo, and is one of the biggest inspirations behind me putting pen to paper. Thanks Rach! Her novels are fun and adventurous but also tug at your heartstrings, and her characters are ones that I would love to hang out with around a campfire or out in the saddle. From the very beginning Rachael proved just how hungry readers are for rural romance, the magic of a great country love story set in the glorious Australian outback resonating with many a proud Aussie. And I can’t wait for her sequel to Jillaroo, which will be out in April! Yay!

Click here to buy Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure



Sheryl McCorry

Sheryl’s two memoirs, Diamonds and Dust and Stars over Shiralee, moved me in ways no novel has ever moved me before. Her life story is one of great struggle, sheer determination and utter heartache. Sheryl is the type of woman we rural romance authors aspire to write about and for anyone that enjoys a great Aussie read set in the outback, Sheryl’s books are an absolute must!

Click here to buy Diamonds and Dust by Sheryl McCorry


So there you go… my list of five. Although, I have to add that there are many fabulous Aussie authors out there and I feel mighty proud to be amongst them. I’m passionate about filling my bookcase with only Aussie authors and am now at the point where I may need a new bookcase, or three! Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!!!

Thanks for having me today. I’ve had fun!

Country Cheers,

Mandy Magro


Mandy is shortlisted for Booktopia’s: Australia’s Favourite Author. You can read more from Mandy at her website www.mandymagro.com

 

And check out Mandy’s answers in Booktopia’s Famous Ten Terrifying Questions here. Below is a little taste….

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I always loved English at school, it was my favourite subject! I adore the fact that as a writer you can describe the smells, sounds, and sights of your landscapes so incredibly down to the last tiny weenie iota. I think it allows the reader to fall head first into your world and head over heels in love with your leading man! Writing is a release for me, a way to express my obsession with the outback.

 

Rachael Treasure, author of The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare, Jillaroo, The Stockmen and more… answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Rachael Treasure

author of The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare, Jillaroo, The Stockmen and more…

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?

Tasmanian born and bred, I am descended from both convicts and commandants. I was raised with one foot in Hobart Town and the other in the wilds of Runnymede, my farming district. Princes Street Primary school was my early childhood world where favourite games were playing ‘horses’ under the willows and chasing boys to punch them or kiss them or both. My high school was Fahan School – an all girls’ school where my love of literature and my loathing for brown stockings and chunky beige undies was fostered.

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

At twelve I wanted to be a vet or a writer, because I loved stories and animals. At eighteen I wanted to be a farmer and a writer because I loved stories and animals. At thirty I wanted to be a farmer, writer and a mother because I loved animals, loved writing and my biological clock was going ‘boing’!

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

I used to believe that I did not deserve to have the best in life and that I was fat and ‘fugly’. Thank God I’ve my belief system has transcended to the best of places now!

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career pushed me forward enormously to become a writer as did a school trip to listen to Les Murray speak and read poetry. The Australian movie scene also captured my desire to write about the world. The Man From Snowy River rushed my teenage brain away on adolescent fantasies and triggered a torrent of stories in my head.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I always had a dream to write a novel ‘oneday’. I had always written short stories successfully so I wanted to challenge myself ‘to see if I could’ write a novel. And I did!

6. Please tell us about your latest book… The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare

This is a very special book for me as it is a celebration of my love for writing. It’s also been a nice holiday away from my niche in rural novel writing. The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare is very personal as writing in short story form has been my private playtime away from my fiction work. The stories are very eclectic; some are funny, some romantic, and some black. All of them mean a lot to me.

(BBGuru: Publisher synopsis – Collected short stories from the bestselling author of The Cattleman’s Daughter

A diary farmer’s daughter searches for love in a city pub, a grieving widow heals her heart and her community, a cheated wife finds the ultimate revenge.

From Australia’s favourite rural storyteller comes this highly anticipated collection of short fiction. It features stories full of warmth and heart and humour, and with characters as diverse and colourful as the Australian countryside itself.

Laugh and smile your way through this collection, which includes the favourites ‘The Girl and the Ghost-Gare Mare‘ and ‘The Evolution of Sadie Smith‘, as well as some new stories never published in book form. So sit back and enjoy the special ‘Treasure’ take on the world.)

Order your copy of The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Bookshop – here

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

A sense that all my characters find their inner strength from a source within themselves, and that my readers can do the same. I also want people to expand their minds about our agricultural industry and where we are headed… I want everyone to support sustainable farming as it is our food source, our nation’s security and holds the key to answering the problem of carbon emissions. The health of rural Australia is supremely important to us all.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

I mostly admire women writers who are mothers as well. If you can raise a family, run a house, then write a book and run a writing business after supporting everyone else then you are a champion. My writer friends in Hobart who are superwomen and mums are Heather Rose, Katherine Lomer, Katherine Scholes and Danielle Wood. Utterly amazing women.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To live an extraordinary life and provide an extraordinary one for my children, too. I want to travel the world with my kids and my books and to enjoy extreme fun! I want to be the ‘rock chick of rural literature’ and shake conventions out of the tree! I want to build a Rachael Treasure empire of farming and writing so that I can give back to my rural industry and other writers in the form of support and education.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

To work on your writing everyday. Believe in yourself . Listen to your intuition and not the naysayers. Just get on with it, ‘Cowgirl up!’ and use plenty of ‘bum glue’ on your desk chair.

Rachael, thank you for playing.

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Fleur McDonald, author Blue Skies and Red Dust, stops to chat.

The Booktopia Book Guru chats with

Fleur McDonald

author Blue Skies and Red Dust

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1. Congratulations on the success of both Red Dust and Blue Skies. What is next for Fleur McDonald?

Thank you! I’ve just handed in Purple Roads, so I’m waiting for (and hiding from) the edits! But I must admit I love the editing process. All the hard work of the storyline is done and it’s just a matter of tweaking everything. There’s always heaps of modifications and adjusting, which means when I get the MS back, there’s loads of red pen…

I don’t like red pen.

Other than that, I’m thinking about Silver Gums, which is due out in 2013. As my ten year old son said to me a few days Continue reading

Get Reading with 50 Books You Can’t Put Down

Get hooked on Australia’s largest celebration of books and reading!

Get Reading is the Australian book industry’s annual promotion of books developed through the Australia Council for the Arts. It runs from August 25 to September 30.

Get Reading encourages all Australians to GET LOST, GET FRESH, GET HOOKED, GET REAL and GET COMFY with a good book.

To ensure we all GET READING, we have prepared a list of 50 Books You Can’tPut Down

tickled onions 978014330560610 stories you must read 9781864711592For each book you purchase from the Get Reading “50 Books You Can’t Put Down” selection, you are eligible to choose a FREE copy of either Tickled Onions or 10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2010.

The collection of short stories – 10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2010 – showcases contemporary Australian writing across a range of genres.

Contributors include 2009 and 2010 ABIA Book of the Year winners – Craig Silvey and Christos Tsiolkas – plus Maggie Alderson, Georgia Blain, Mark Dapin, Nick Earls, Alex Miller, Judy Nunn, Malla Nunn and Rachael Treasure.

Be sure to join in the fun and grab yourself one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down to win a free book.

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