The Booktopia Book Guru asks
Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and grew up in Elizabeth, a so-called satellite city about 20 miles north before we moved and I finished my secondary education at Unley High School. Adelaide Uni and an Economics degree followed.
2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?
When I was 12? A writer. Mostly because of reading the boxes of romances that came from my Gran’s nursing home and thinking “anyone could write this stuff”. (I was so wrong!)
When I was 18? Someone with a real job. Because writing wasn’t a real job apparently. So I became a Chartered Accountant instead.
When I was 30? Maternity leave time with my first bub, and I had the chance to step back from my career and was starting to question what I really wanted to do. It took my second bub to decide that I’d been right all along. Not that I regret for a moment the experiences I’ve had along the way, which have all fed my writerly soul (not to mention given me heaps of material – nothing is wasted, ever.)
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
At 18 I figured the world in black and white. I figured any intelligent person would agree with me. Now I know it’s shades of grey. (More than fifty of them.) Now I know there are more intelligent points of view than you can poke a stick at. So I try to avoid poking sticks at other intelligent people’s views (and really wish they’d keep theirs to themselves too.)
4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?
Little Women – I loved that opening because as a small child, the thought of Christmas without presents was appalling. I wonder if my love of great openings came from reading that book?
John Donne – Holy Sonnet X – Death, be not proud. That sonnet resonated with me as a student. It turned the power of death on its ear, as not something to be feared. That last line – Death, thou shalt die. – talk about powerful! No wonder I love strong endings too.
Homer and the Odyssey – If not for these writings and my classical studies education, I would never have developed my love of Crete and all things Mycenaean. I’ve set books in Crete and Santorini- some published, some yet to be published.
5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?
I can’t paint, I can’t draw. I’m rubbish at singing and making music. Apart from creative accounting, telling stories was about all that was left.
6. Please tell us about your latest novel…
Stone Castles is a reunion story, that puts paid to all those preconceptions that you can’t go back. Because you can always go back – but nobody says it’s not going to hurt.
7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?
That’s it never too late. That the mistakes we make for whatever good reason don’t necessarily mean we can’t be happy.
8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?
Every writer I know. Writing a book is hard work. Sticking at writing books and making a career out of it in these tumultuous, ever-changing publishing industry times – that takes guts.
I guess mine are to connect with my audience, and as wide an audience as possible. But in doing so, to touch their hearts. I don’t know if that’s an ambitious goal, but it’s mine.
10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?
Write, write and write, and make sure you believe in what you write, and if you write romance fiction, or even if you don’t, join Romance Writers of Australia, because you will learn so much.
Trish, thank you for playing.
by Trish Morey
She turned her back on the girl she was. He’ll show her the woman she was meant to be.
After ten years pursuing a prestigious career in New York, Pip Martin has returned to the Yorke Peninsula to farewell her dying grandmother. She doesn’t intend to linger – there are too many memories in the small country town and not all of them will stay in the past.
Like Luke Trenorden, her childhood sweetheart. A man Pip had promised her heart to, until tragedy stole Pip’s family away, and a terrible lie tore both their lives apart.
Pip cannot deny there is still a spark between them, even amidst the heartache of losing her Gran and the demands of her new life. But it may not be enough to rekindle a love that has been neglected for so long.
When a long-kept secret is revealed, Pip is free to go back to the life she thought she wanted… unless Luke can break down the stone castle Pip has built around her heart.
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, Trish Morey’s 30 titles for Mills & Boon have sold more than five million copies in more than 25 languages in 40 countries worldwide. Trish is a two-times winner of the Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year Award and a 2012 Romance Writers of America RITA nominee. Trish lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and four teenage daughters.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.