interview with Amelia Brunskill

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In the meantime, I have another wonderful author guest over for an interview! 

Amelia Brunskill is my fellow 2018 debut and her first novel THE WINDOW is a young adult mystery involving twins, secrets and uncovering dangerous truths. I have THE WINDOW proudly on my bookshelf among my favorite reads, and I hope you're going to check it out, if you haven't already.

And here's me chatting with Amelia about her authorly life, books and everything:

Hi Amelia! You’ve been born in Melbourne while I made Melbourne my home ten+ years ago—I like that we have this special connection 😉 I’m excited to have you over at my blog to chat about your 2018 debut, The Window, and about books and such in general. 



So… let’s do it!

You have a degree in psychology (among others!) and your debut was a mystery/thriller. Do you find that your professional/educational background influenced your writing, thematically or otherwise?

I think I was drawn to psychology for the same reason that I write—because I find people and their decisions really interesting and also really confusing. I always want to try and figure out why people do what they do, and how they might respond to different environments and situations.

In terms of my professional background, I’m a health sciences librarian and I definitely get intrigued by the interesting medical situations I hear about in my job, so perhaps one day I’ll end up writing a more medically driven mystery!

I love hearing what books were formative to writers when they were young readers. Which books influenced you the most when you were a child (and why)?

Lois Duncan and Christopher Pike’s books seemed thrillingly adult to me when I was young, and they were very much about teenagers dealing with scary things so I think those probably influenced me quite a bit. I also loved Agatha Christie’s novels, which I think really appealed to me because of the puzzle-like quality of her mysteries, and how very intentional and well-constructed they were.

We all tend to gravitate toward certain themes and types of stories. What are the themes do you gravitate toward, as a reader and a writer?

As a writer, I seem to keep coming back to ideas around connection and loneliness, as well as characters who are very deep in their own heads. As a reader, some of my favorite novels gently play with the extreme and fantastic, such as The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, both which I loved.

Did you have to do some particular research when writing your debut? If yes, can you tell me more about it?

I did some research, but I mostly built on existing interests that I’d read a lot about in the past.

What’s next for you? What are you working on at the moment?

I’m tinkering with two novel projects and also two short stories. I’m not sure if any of them are working at the moment, but they all have something about them that I find very appealing, so I’m hoping they’ll each end up finding their way out into the world at some point.

Best advice writing/publishing advice you’ve ever received?

Once I was really struggling with a draft, and my agent at the time told me that I needed to put it aside for a few months so that I could get some distance from it. I did, and it really helped me to get a better perspective on it, and also to be more ruthless about making needed changes to it once I pulled it back out of the drawer.

Bonus questions!

Your dream holiday?

Arctic Circle. It’s just so remote and beautiful.

In your writing process/routine, are you… a planner, pantser, or…?

I think the official term for what I am is “planster”. :) I like to alternate between doing a bit of planning, a bit of pantsing, and then see what comes out. It is not—unfortunately—a terribly efficient process.

Do you listen to music when you write? (If yes, what's been on your play-list lately?)

In my ideal writing situation, it is just beautifully, beautifully quiet. When I’m at coffee shops or in other public places and I need to drown out external noise, I typically listen to Yo-Yo Ma on repeat.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs.

Coffee or tea?

Both!


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