Michelle Cooper Answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Michelle Cooper

author of

The Montmaray Journals and The Rage of Sheep

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 Sydney, raised in Fiji and various country towns in New South Wales. I attended far too many schools, ranging from a single-roomed schoolhouse in a gold-mining town, to a Catholic high school where girls were a recent and unwelcome addition. I was very glad to finish with school. University was much more interesting.

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

When I was twelve, I wanted to be a vet. When I was eighteen, I wanted to be a grown-up. Ideally, a glamorous, fascinating and knowledgeable grown-up (I’m still waiting for this to happen). When I was thirty, I finally decided to take writing seriously and put everything else aside so I could concentrate on writing a novel.

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

I used to believe in God. Now, I don’t.

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?

I read Rumer Godden’s Miss Happiness and Miss Flower when I was seven and Continue reading


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