THE EMPTY PAGE

This post is part of the Queensland Writers Centre blog tour, happening October to December 2009. To follow the tour, visit Queensland Writers Centre’s blog The Empty Page.

Where do your words come from?
I really wish I knew. Sometimes it’s scary to think that what you write comes from something as fickle and fragile as your imagination. An empty page and invisible thoughts? I think I’m going to have to lie down…

Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
Born in Melbourne, grew up in Warwick, now live in Brisbane.

What’s the first sentence/line of your latest work?
“Down by the skate park, I’m shivering out a lungful of petrol fumes.” From a short story I started a few days ago called Why Don’t You Come Over and Break My Heart.

What piece of writing do you wish you had written?
For dialogue: Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
For imagination: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
For pure skill: Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje

What are you currently working towards?
Right now I’m re-writing the manuscript of my first novel, Reception, in lieu of its first edit by these good folk.

Complete this sentence: The future of the book is …
… yet to be written.

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