Foto: Alise Black (Photography) (C)2016
I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
More than happy to.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
It is something that I have always been drawn to. I always loved to read and began to draft stories when I was in my teens. During university I wrote half of a manuscript but struggled to work out the ending so put it in the bottom drawer. Then I fell into a career in advertising and loved it. For many years I was busy doing that and it wasn’t until I had maternity leave almost a decade later that I got serious about my writing again.
I decided it was something that I really wanted to pursue so I set some goals and started to write as much as possible.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
After years of dabbling, I had a dream run. I approached an agent with my manuscript and she responded really well to it.
I worked with her for a few months to get the manuscript into the best possible shape and then she pitched it to several publishers here in Australia. Allen & Unwin were supportive of the book from the start and it has been sold into quite a few territories around the world already which is still something I find hard to get my head around!
Could you describe literature in three words?
The perfect escape.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
Well, I know that there are a lot of books I will never read – there is simply not enough time! I think I am pretty open to reading most books but I prefer fiction over non-fiction. When it comes to crime fiction, I enjoy more character driven stories so I guess I’m likely to avoid books that are super-slasher and mainly consist of over-the-top action.
What’s your favorite book?
I like so many books. I love Tana French’s Into The Woods and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and The Goldfinch.
I also love Tully by Paullina Simons and reread it often.
This is not strictly a quote, but I love the opening passage of Gone Girl. It immediately makes the reader aware they are in for a crazy ride.
When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it to begin with…
Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts.
What are you thinking Amy?
EBooks or paper print?
I am very happy for people to consumer either, but I personally am a physical book person. I love buying books, borrowing books from the library and having them in my home. For me, books are a huge part of making a house a home.
What inspires you?
People. What drives them, what scares them and what makes them behave the way they do. I find this endlessly fascinating both in real life and in books.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
Hopefully this doesn’t sound too self-absorbed but it would be amazing to meet the main character in my detective series: Gemma Woodstock. Having dreamed her up, it would be pretty nuts to spend time with her and observe her as a living, breathing person.
Of course, there are so many other characters I would like to meet. Elizabeth Bennett, Harry Potter, Sonny from The Godfather, Tully Maker and Amy and Nick Dunne are just a few.
What’s your worst nightmare?
I have quite an intense needle phobia so having to have lots of injections or blood tests is something that I would find very challenging.
On a broader scale I find some of the current world issues fairly nightmarish. Climate Change and the ramifications of poverty are likely to lead to terrible scenarios for the human race.
The best decision of your life was?
To persevere with my book! There were some points where I really felt like giving up but I was passionate about the story and pushed on. I’m very glad I did.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
I have just finished a sequel to The Dark Lake. The title is Into The Night, and it is set just over two years after the first book. Once again, we follow Detective Gemma Woodstock as she is tasked with solving a brutal crime as well as navigating some personal challenges.
It will be released in Australia in late May 2018 and is scheduled for UK release in March 2018.