I read, I write and then I read some more. Repeat process.
My words have been heard on TV and seen in newspapers and magazines. My first novel will be published April 2014 by Random House Australia.
I've always been a fan of Lily Brett. Her writing is sharp, witty, moving and uncompromising. And Lola Bensky is all of this, yet it wasn't one of my favourites. I 'm not even sure why, but it didn't grab me. Most of her novels draw me in, even when I'm despairing at the cruelty of much she writes about. Maybe I just felt too much of this was territory she's already explored and I didn't gain any new insights.
If you haven't read Lily Brett, she is the daughter of Auswitchz survivors and the impact this has on them and her as a child of death camp survivors is ever present in her novels.
I'd encourage anyone to read Lily Brett because she is a formidable writer.
There's only one Gone With the Wind. And that's really the way it should stay. I had a love/hate relationship with this book - it's huge at over 500 pages & it could definitely have done with a solid pruning and it's not a great work of literature, but I still wanted to finish it & find out what happened to the characters, even though if you've read or seen Gone With The Wind it will come as no surprise. And unfortunately, Victoria and Joe just don't have the same charm or illicit the same sympathy as Scarlett and Rhett. But a great idea to set it in this place and time.