Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Interview with Australian Author Sheryl Gwyther
She was awarded a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Residential Fellowship, as well as an Arts Queensland Individual Professional Development Grant. She is also a recipient of two Australian Society of Authors Mentorships.
Thank you, Sheryl, for coming over to chat on my blog. Congratulations on the launch of your new book Princess Clown.
Q: Do you have a favourite writing ritual?
A: No, not really. But I do sometimes write my first drafts in a leather-bound, blue-lined, smooth paper journal occasionally. It seems to coax the words out.
Q: You write short stories as well as novels. Which form do you enjoy more?
A: Both present challenges! But I do like writing something that I can ‘get my teeth into’, with research etc.
Q: How do you tackle your writer’s block?
A: I’ve never had writer’s block (touch wood! That’s an Aussie expression meaning to keep away bad luck). I always have several stories going on at the same time – so if I am stuck on one story, I put it away for a little while and work on something else. Seems to work.
Q: Any daily writing goals you follow?
A: This depends on whether I have set a deadline for a particular work-in-progress. I am about to enter the first 50 pages and synopsis of one of my junior fiction novels into a Manuscript Development Program, run by an Australian publisher. They will only choose ten people, so the writing has to be perfect! Then next week, I’m flying out to the Australian bush to run writing workshops for a group of writers in a small bush town. That should be lots of fun!
Sheryl’s webpage: http://www.sherylgwyther.net/
Sheryl’s blogs: http://sherylgwyther.wordpress.com/
Secrets of Eromanga – Lothian/Hachette Books Australian ISBN 0 734409125
Princess Clown – Blake Publishers Australian ISBN 9781741 646481