Katherine’s been gallivanting in NY and London. So was it all champagne soaked publisher lunches? Katherine’s adventures were partly for new book research and she had the wonderful help of The Neilma Sidney Travel Fund. Check it out! Fabulous opportunity from Writers Victoria and it’s open RIGHT NOW!
And just how much candour is too much? We spill the beans on when we’ve said too much and why we’re trying to keep some of the powder dry.
Then Kate speaks with Brisbane writer, Ben Hobson.
Ben Hobson is a writer and teacher. Born in Gippsland, Victoria and now lives in Brisbane with his family. In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella prize, run by Seizure online. His short fiction has been published by Tiny Owl Workshop, Firewords Quarterly, and Midnight Echo. His debut novel, To Become a Whale, was released in 2017 and was longlisted for the Indie Book Debut Novel Award and the 2018 People’s Choice Award QLD literary awards.
In their meandering conversation (amid the laughs) Ben discusses:
- Using his hometown as a setting for crime fiction (Hello Yarram!)
- What to do and what NOT to do on a bookshop tour
- How the entire idea for Snake Island came during a long road trip (more on Ben’s blog)
- The nitty gritty of the drafting process
- Why there are no acknowledgements in Snake Island (and what he did instead)
- The creation of a soundtrack for Snake Island
- Deciding to create a youtube channel on writing
- Juggling life and writing
Ben’s advice to writers? Do not place all of your identity on your art.
And his recommended debut novel? Robert Lukin’s The Everlasting Sunday.