Where do your words come from?
I read. This is how I ingest words. I have always read. The more you read the more the words become a part of your palatte. You can colour with them. They become richer with the years. You don't need more words you just need more ways to use them. All colours can be created using three colours. All stories can be made with simple words.
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I live in a tiny flat. Too small to think in. I go out into the world to give myself space. I grew up inside four walls and I wished, always for the outside, for space and quiet and privacy. I grew up in the arms of loved ones. I now live in the arms of loved ones. I am lucky and have been. Always.
What’s the first sentence/line of your latest work?
It keeps changing. At the moment it is - At some point he turns the light off. - this may not be the same tomorrow.
What piece of writing do you wish you had written?
I wish I had written The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. It is perfect.
What are you currently working towards?
I am working on a novel, the novel. I want to birth a novel out into the world
Complete this sentence… The future of the book is all in the content. The content will not change. A good story is always a good story. I don't care what shape the vessel comes in. All I can tell you is it won't be a choose your own adventure. It will be a perfectly constructed story. No games, to gimmicks, to bells and whistles. This is the thing that is sure and true.
This post is part of the Queensland Writers Centre blog tour, happening October to December 2009. To follow the tour, visit Queensland Writers Centre’s blog The Empty Page.