Firstly, thanks Carla for inviting me to your Aussie YA party!
• ‘Place’ plays a big part in the stories I want to write. I think it fascinates me because in a way I’ve always belonged everywhere and nowhere. I’d like to know if that’s common in kids with divorced parents. My childhood was split between my mum in the country, my dad in the city, and a hell of a lot of time spent at the beach. I left home early and moved around a lot, ending up overseas. Perversely, I then became obsessed with Australia, and returned to spend a couple of years travelling around my own country.
• Because of surfing, the beach has featured a lot in my writing to date. Maybe that’s why people say my stuff is Very Australian. Most of the population clings to the coastline.
• The Aussie YA authors I’ve met are incredible. Really lovely people. Likewise, the generosity of the blogging community astounds me.
• I’ve just come back from a trip to Coonabarabran (a small town in country New South Wales) with another Aussie YA author – J.C. Burke. She is absolute gold. Hardworking and funny. She’s someone who really gives to her audience, whether they are students or adults. I learned a lot from her.
• I’m looking forward to reading Julia Lawrinson’s Losing It. On her blog, she says, ‘Part of the reason I wrote the novel is because it's perfectly fine for young female characters to fall in love, but God forbid they actually might want to have sex. Sex and romance get horribly tangled, and girls get a raw deal.’ I am so there with her on that.
So that’s the round up. My head feels much tidier now. Thanks for reading :)
You can learn more about Kirsty at her website right HERE and read my review for her amazing book Raw Blue here