Category: Author interviews

Interview with Joan London

The author of Gilgamesh talks about the making of her novel, her characters, how she used the original epic, about the differences between writing short stories and a novel, Australia in the 30s and 40, and more. Interview by Magdalena…

Interview with Anthony Bourdain

 The author of A Cook’s Tour talks about the pleasures of talking about himself, about being accepted as a guru by the business community, context and memory, the perfect meal, Vietnam, and more. Interview by Magdalena Ball Magdalena: How are you finding the…

Interview with Chad Hautmann, author of Billie’s Ghost

The author of Billie’s Ghost talks about his his novel, his research, the process of getting published, about the relationship between teaching literature, and writing it, and his big literary influences. Interview by Magdalena Ball  Magdalena: Tell me about the background…

Interview with James Cumes, author of Haverleigh

 In this exceptional interview, James Cumes talks about his novel Haverleigh, about growing up in Queensland, fighting on the Kokoda Trail in WW2, his next books, and his special project VOW. Interview by Magdalena Ball Compulsive Reader: Is this your own story? Are…

An interview with Elizabeth Jolley

 Elizabeth Jolley, the author of An Innocent Gentleman, talks about her reader, changes in writing over the years, on innocence, themes, and labelling, and characters in her latest novel, An Innocent Gentleman. Interview by Magdalena Ball Magdalena: Tell me about the…

Interview with Michael Chabon

The author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay talks about the making of his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, writing for Hollywood, the upcoming film version of his book, and gives us a tiny hint on what his next project will…

An Interview with Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Interview with Carolyn Howard-Johnson  The author of This is the Place talks about the inspiration for her book, her characters, the difficulties involved in getting a first book published, her free e-book Cooking by the Book, and her upcoming projects. Interview by Magdalena…

An Interview with Philomena Van Rijswijk

Interview with Philomena Van Rijswijk  Philomena Van Rijswijk talks about living in Tasmania, the importance of Antarctica, the research involved in writing The World as a Clockface, major themes, her writer’s retreat at Varuna, and lots more. (photography credit: Ray…

Interview with Hilary McPhee

 The author of Other People’s Words talks about being an author, the publishing industry, the McPhee Gribble story, the Australian voice, e-books, and her latest project. (photo credit:Ponch Hawkes) Interview by Magdalena Ball Magdalena: With all of your publishing experience, is it difficult…