The rollercoaster & Sam Coley on perfectionism, road trips & the Richell Prize

It’s three weeks since The Mother Fault came out and Kate is living the rollercoaster – the highs of reprint, the lows of Good Reads. Also lockdown. Still.

Katherine wants to exchange interesting things, they discuss:

Our amazing Agony Aunt, Charlotte Wood, answers a question from ‘Puffy Blurb’ about the etiquette of endorsement requests.

Then Kate speaks with debut author, Sam Coley.

Sam Coley’s two favourite things in the world are taking photos and dancing. Most nights, however, he can be found at his desk with a pen and a legal pad and a bottle of wine. He has called New Zealand, Australia and the UK all home at some point, and probably still would. His debut novel, State Highway One, was the winner of the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

We recorded this interview via zoom just prior to State Highway One hitting shelves.

The conversation covers:

  • Winning The Richell Prize
  • Having breakfast with Melina Marchetta
  • Getting an agent
  • Research road trips
  • Perfectionism
  • The four colour pen colour-coded system
  • Feeling adversarial in the editing process
  • Googling ‘how to edit a book’
  • Reading Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Signing at home

Sam’s advice:

Your writing muscle also needs rest. Take a break sometimes.


Victoria Hannan’s Kokomo

Find Sam Coley on Twitter and make sure you have a copy of his fabulous debut State Highway One.

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