Research & Mirandi Riwoe on plotting, outrage and writing historical fiction

This week we talk research. Katherine’s entertaining the idea of setting her next book in the past and Kate is frothing with excitement at the thought. They talk about research styles, pitfalls, procrastination holes and why the process is different for each book.

They mention:

Then Kate speaks with Brisbane author, Mirandi Riwoe.


Mirandi Riwoe is a Brisbane-based writer. She is the author of two crime novels, She be Damned and A Necessary Murder, a novella, The Fish Girl, which won the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and a new novel,  Stone Sky Gold Mountain, published by UQP. She has also been shortlisted for Overland’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize and the the Luke Bitmead Bursary. Her work has appeared in various Australian literary journals. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (QUT).

Mirandi was one of the authors we were booked to speak to at the wonderful Avid Reader and we highly recommend you check out their online events and purchase Stone Sky Gold Mountain from their store, if you are in a position to do so.

Their conversation covers:

  • how outrage has fuelled her writing
  • writing under two names (The Heloise Chancey series is published under M.J. Tija)
  • the research process
  • entering competitions (Riwoe was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary)
  • Mirandi’s TedX presentation Completing history by writing back to the past
  • the affirmation of being shortlisted for the Stella Prize
  • daily writing routine

Her advice:

  • Learn your craft
  • Be patient
  • Persevere

Recommendation: Shokoofeh Azar’s The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and most recently for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

You can follow Mirandi Riwoe on Twitter .

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