author of When My Husband Does The Dishes…
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 Melbourne but raised in Sydney. I went to a Jewish school down the road where I did very well in English and spent the rest of my time pining in unrequited anguish for a boy called Josh Goldenbum (not his real name, but should have been).
At 12 I wanted to be a member of the Young Talent Team. I still wish I had been.
At 18 I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I was doing Arts at Uni and working part time as a nanny.
At 30 I wanted to be a mum, which was lucky because I was pregnant with my son. I didn’t start writing professionally until after my daughter was born, nearly 10 years ago.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
At 18 I felt that in order to be happy I had to figure out the meaning of life. It took me well into my thirties to realise that the best way to be happy was to stop tormenting myself with existential questions and just live.
1. Marrying my husband. Not only does he provide me with endless material, but he impregnated me with my three other greatest sources of material.
2. Stumbling onto Twitter. When I discovered Twitter I was at a very low point in my life, and feared I would never write again. Twitter provided me with inspiration, stimulation, and a fabulous community, and helped me ease back into writing 140 characters at a time. It quite literally changed my life. (BBGuru: Follow @KerriSackville)
3. Starting my blog. A Twitter buddy, @fender4eva, liked my tweets so much he asked if I had a blog. I’d never considered blogging before but I rose to the challenge, and once I started writing again, I found I couldn’t stop. About nine months later, I began my book. (BBGuru: Subscribe Life and Other Crises)
5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? Aren’t they obsolete?
No! Blogs are entertainment, but books are works of art. I love books. I love the way they feel. I love seeing them on my bookshelf and carrying them around. I love dog-earing the best pages and underlining things. And let’s face it – you can’t get an autographed blog post.
When My Husband Does The Dishes… is a memoir of marriage and motherhood. It’s about what my life looks like 150 years after I walked off into the sunset with my partner (and what your life probably looks like too). It’s about avoiding sex and hiding arguments from the kids and being late for school and breaking up with friends and having endless fantasies of Simon Baker. It can be read in one go, or in short bursts while sitting on the toilet or waiting in the car. (Read author Kylie Ladd’s review of When My Husband Does The Dishes… Click here…)
7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?
I want people to read my writing, think “YES! That’s exactly what it’s like!” and feel better about their own challenges by laughing at me.
Malcolm Gladwell, for being an incredibly original thinker and fascinating writer. Chelsea Handler, for being the most hilarious (and sexy) writer, comic, and talk-show host. And every member of the Young Talent Team, for living out my fantasy.
I never tell people my goals. Most of the time I don’t even admit them to myself. It’s way too humiliating if I don’t reach them.
10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?
Find your voice and use it. Every writer needs a point of difference, and you are yours.
Kerri, thank you for playing.
About the Contributor
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, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five 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 Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.