Story of My Book posts

The story of my book

by Rachel Hills

Rachel Hills is the author of The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality. Here she talks about why she felt it was important to write about this idea.

As soon as the idea for The Sex Myth came to me, I knew it was ‘the one’. I’d flirted with other ideas for books before, ranging from the not-particularly-original (a collection of essays pontificating on contemporary feminist issue…

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The story of my book: Archipelago of Souls

by Gregory Day

It might these days be fashionable to say it but nevertheless the seeds of all of my books have begun in walking. The trigger for my new novel Archipelago of Souls lies in a pretty arduous but wonderful walk I took around the island of Crete back when I was still at university. My eyes were opened in many ways during those days, not only to the sea-lit slopes and valleys of the classical world of…

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Eliza Henry-Jones on horses and grief

by Eliza Henry-Jones

Eliza Henry-Jones is the author of In the Quiet. Here she talks about the role horses and grief play in her novel.

I think many of us have gone through phases of pony obsession – bedrooms filled with the silhouettes of little plastic ponies (My Little Ponies or Barbie’s Pegasus if you were really lucky) and stacks of yellowing school library books with horses on the cover. Who hasn’t been mist…

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Trent Jamieson on vampires and day boys

by Trent Jamieson

I love vampires. I adore the literature and film that has grown up around the myth. The vampire genre is almost as old as mainstream publishing and it constantly reinvigorates itself because vampires, like all good monsters, are something of a blank canvas. Meanings can be projected onto them. They can be monstrous, yet elegant. They can be the night refined or crude and hungry.

However, while t…

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The story of my book

by John Tesarsch

The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman follows three gifted siblings whose lives are turned upside down when their elderly father is diagnosed with dementia, and shoots himself rather than end up in a nursing home. After his funeral one of his daughters, Eleanor, finds a will buried in his books and papers. He has left his entire estate to a woman she has never heard of before. Is the woman…

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The story behind my book

by Klaus Neumann

I became first interested in the history of Australia’s response to refugees and asylum seekers fourteen years ago. What interested me at the time was that a small group of immigrants who had arrived in Australia in the second half of the 1930s were declared ‘enemy aliens’ during the Second World War on account of their nationality, and were then interned. They had come to Australia in search of …

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Zoë Norton Lodge on storytelling and performance

by Zoë Norton Lodge

Zoë Norton Lodge is the author of Almost Sincerely. Here she tells us about how she came to write her book, and her love of storytelling.

My book is a series of short stories about me, my family and the place I grew up – a suburb in Sydney called Annandale. Taking the maxim ‘write what you know’ to uncomfortable extremes, I have literally just written about people I know and stuff that happene…

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Rochelle Siemienowicz on turning 20 and reading Praise

by Rochelle Siemienowicz

In 1992 I turned 20 and got married. Raised as a strict Seventh-day Adventist (a boutique form of evangelical Christianity), I believed that the end of the world was near and that sex before marriage was a terrible sin. My boyfriend and I had fallen passionately in love at church, and we knew we had to get married quickly if we wanted to stay ‘good’. So we had our white wedding in the middle of w…

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The story behind my book

by Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the author of The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine. Here she tells us about writing a novel that references a lot of other books.

Originally my publisher pitched the idea to me. He thought I should write an erotic fiction book referencing the classic erotic texts. The idea excited me as soon as I heard it. I had been dabbling reading the classics of erot…

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Is it hard to be honest when telling embarrassing stories?

by Joel Meares

Joel Meares is the author of We’re All Going to Die (Especially Me). We asked him whether he found it hard to be honest when telling embarrassing stories. Here’s his response.

One of the first people who read my book was Annabel Crabb, and her response scared the shit out of me.

I’d asked Annabel to take a look at the manuscript and, if she liked it, whether she’d be interested in providing a…

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