Category: Close and Personal

Interviews with local and visiting talent

Q&A with Karen Viggers.

Arianne recently interviewed award winning and internationally published author Karen Viggers about her most recent book, The Orchadist’s Daughter, which is featured in our Recommended Reads for March here https://taswriters.org/recommended-reads-march-3/  Karen’s books have been translated into French, Italian, Norwegian, Slovenian and Spanish. Her work has enjoyed great success in France, selling more than 800,000 copies to date. […]

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Up Close and Personal with Esther Campion.

Arianne recently chatted with Esther Campion, author of Leaving Ocean Road, about her second novel, The House of Second Chances, and of course, everything to do with writing in between.   I asked Esther where her idea for The House of Second Chances came from. Esther says after completing her first novel, she didn’t feel […]

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Q&A with Angela Slatter.

Angela Slatter is the award winning author of speculative fiction novels Vigil and Corpselight. She is also particularly adept with the short story. Her collections, The Bitterwood Bible and Sourdough and Other Stories have both received critical acclaim, with Sourdough being a finalist for a World Fantasy Award in 2011, and Bitterwood being a co-winner of this award for Best Collection […]

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Up Close and Personal with Markus Zusak

Arianne was lucky enough to interview award winning author Markus Zusak about his new novel, Bridge of Clay, and chat about all things writing. Read on for the full conversation.     I’m always curious about where writers find inspiration for their novels. Markus says the idea for Bridge of Clay began quite a while ago, […]

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Q&A with Cary Lenehan

Arianne recently chatted with Tasmanian fantasy author Cary Lenehan about his new book Clearing the Web, the third book in his Warriors of Vhast series, his writing process and what inspires him. Have you always wanted to be a writer? I suppose that I dreamt of it a long time ago when, at school, I […]

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Q&A with Kate Gordon

Arianne recently interviewed Kate Gordon, one of Tasmania’s most well loved storytellers, about her life as a writer and the publication of her new book, Girl Running, Boy Falling, a brave and heartfelt exploration of teen suicide that contributes to the breaking of persistent taboos around the nature of suicide and mental illness.     Where did […]

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Up Close and Personal with Kate Van Hooft.

We See The Stars by Kate Van Hooft is a stunningly poignant novel which was recently featured in our Reccommended Reads column. For more information, click here https://taswriters.org/recommended-reads-june-2/ Read on for an interview with Kate where Arianne asks her about all things writing, and be inspired by Kate’s insight into the creative process.   Where did the […]

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Close and Personal with Robbie Arnott.

A few weeks ago Arianne sat down and had a chat with Robbie Arnott, debut author of Flames about his inspiration for the book and his writing process. Read more https://taswriters.org/recommended-reads-may-2/   I’m always curious about a writers process. I asked Robbie if he was a careful creator of sentences, editing as he went, or if […]

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Q&A with Julie Hunt.

I recently spoke with Julie Hunt about her new book Shine Mountain and her writing process. Have a read and be inspired by her wonderful responses!   What was the primary inspiration for Shine Mountain? The story came from many different sources. I was reading about Appalachian folklore and came across the belief in a […]

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Q&A with Emily Conolan.

Emily Conolan was born and raised in Launceston, and now lives in Hobart. She is known for her teaching and humanitarian work and has recently published the engaging ‘choose your own adventure’ style Freedom Fighters series. Check out her wonderful Q&A below: I love it how you’ve written these books in second person. It’s a form […]

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