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Writers are often asked in interviews to explain which books and or authors have shaped them, or have helped define their writing. Children's classics like Anne of Green Gables and the Famous Five are spoken of with pleasure, and likewise Gumnut Babies and The Magic Pudding. Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and P.D. James inspire mystery writers. Dickens, Austen, Hemingway...the list goes on … Continue reading Shaped or Shapeless
Should we always write loveable characters? Or even likeable? I recently received constructive feedback on a short story I entered into a competition. One of the comments "...this successfully built empathy for her situation whilst allowing one to dislike her for..." led me to wonder how many times a character I have had empathy for, … Continue reading Are your characters loveable?
I am not a reviewer, but I like to share my thoughts when I read a good book. (I am proud to say I am currently reading some great books by Australian writers.) A Guide To Berlin was written by one of my favourite Oz writers, Gail Jones. Don't get me wrong, I am not … Continue reading A Guide To Berlin by Gail Jones – my thoughts
I await my much anticipated copy of ‘Go Set A Watchman’ to arrive by snail mail. I want to feel this book in my hands while I read it, and when I have finished, to place it alongside its sister on the shelf. So I have resisted the pull to download it to my e-reader. … Continue reading Favourite classics from our childhood – leave them in the past?