Elwood, a leafy suburb of Melbourne.
What do you do?
I read, I write and I blab about books and reading.
You’re an expert in…
Nothing. I’m interested in far too many disparate things, but I do read more books (mainly fiction and Australian) than anyone else I know.
Best thing about being a writer?
Getting to live different lives through words.
When you sit down to write, what items are absolutely necessary to have in your writing space?
Weather-appropriate clothes and my glasses. Cups of tea and snacks also help.
Where do you seek inspiration?
I’m inspired by authors and their stories. It’s the same for my fiction. I’ll revisit Kafka, Richard Yates, Janet Frame and many more, but I’m also heavily inspired by other art forms, mainly film and music. I get to meet some amazing people who inspire me, although they also make me feel like I’m never doing enough or not doing it well enough!
Who’s on your blogroll?
My absolute favourite at the moment is the Public Domain Review.
What kinds of books do you line your shelves with?
Every kind, but literary fiction – tragicomic, meaningful and sometimes strange has pride of place.
What’s your fave bookstore?
Readings St Kilda for local, Shakespeare & Co. in Paris for everything else. Otherwise I go online toBooktopia.
What five upcoming authors should everyone seek out and read?
Emily Perkins (fiction), Amanda Curtin (fiction + short stories), Dominic Smith (historical fiction), Claire Corbett (sci-fi) and Josephine Rowe (tiny little gems of stories). That’s just five off the top of my head but there are so many great new authors out there!
What book is on your bedside table right now? Tell us about it …
I am reading Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come, a coming-of-age story set in Lagos, Nigeria. I’m also reading Honey Brown’s After the Darkness, a creepy crime novel which is shocking, affecting and so hard to put down!