First things first I want to TOTALLY apologise for forgetting to get a photo taken with the lovely Monica, I was too busy talking to her about the time she came on my blog last Dec 🙂
So, yes, last night, I made the 1.5 hour trek to Perth for the sole purpose of hearing Monica McInerney talk about her new book The House of Memories. I went as a reader (because I’ve loved all of her books, especially Lola’s Secret) and as a writer (because I’m always interested to hear about another author’s process – writing, research, ideas, etc). I wasn’t disappointed on either front!
Monica is just delightful – she was very warm and very real as she introduced herself. I wasn’t planning on taking notes but couldn’t help taking down a few snippets from the evening, which I’d love to share with you. In no particular order:
- When dreaming up The House of Memories Monica thought about what her greatest fear was in life and then wrote about that.
- She always asks What If questions when she’s writing.
- A quote that could be at the beginning of all her books is ”No family can hang out the sign – Nothing Is The Matter Here.” Love that! She says that’s why she’ll always find writing about families (and researching them) fascinating.
- Her characters become her work-collegues and she mourns them when the book is finished 🙂
- She likes to keep her books balanced – in The House of Memories (which she says is a sad book), for every sad chapter there was a fun chapter. She needed the respite!
- Writing a book is like being a film director.
- Reading books is how she learnt about the world.
- Margaret River and Antarctica are the only two places she’s written about but never been to!
- For Monica, writing a book is all about day-dreaming.
- She cried while writing The House of Memories and loves hearing from readers who cried reading it!
- Writing & reading is SO intertwined.
- Writer = walking compost bins.
I had a fabulous evening and was brave enough to give Monica a copy of JILTED at the end of it. I hope she enjoys my book as much as I’ve enjoyed hers.
In short, she is a lovely person and a fabulous writer and when I grow up I want to be Monica McInerney!!