To those who know Roman fiction writer, SJA Turney,
you will know that this is his birthday weekend. What better way to celebrate than to find out what he would cart to a desert island?
Simon Turney and I met over ten years ago as writers with the peer-review group, YWO.com I was drawn into the exceptional world of his writing then, and I’m as much of a fan now. Over the eight years since we were both published, I have written nine books. But Simon has scorched a path ahead of me. He reminds me of the roadrunner…
Simon, welcome back to the blog. It’s been a long time and many novels.
And never far from my favourite Tasmanian. A long time indeed, since we both started back on Youwriteon, before we’d ever dreamed of being here, eh?
So true. Although perhaps we ‘dreamed’ but never thought…
I met my current guest a number of years ago – not many months after we had both decided to move into independent writing and publishing. We connected because at that time, there weren’t a lot of Australians treading the independent path and the friendship has seen much laughter and happiness as we share in each other’s successes.
I was asked by historical fiction writer Ann Swinfen to be part of a Writing Process Blog Tour this week. Ann is a superbly elegant writer of literary and historical fiction. Formally a mainstream writer, she has now taken her backlist to the writing public independently and added to it with Flood, a stunning book on the politics of humanity in the 17th century Fens and with The Testament of Mariam which is a sensitively handled novel, poignant and crafted, about Jesus’s sister. You can read about Ann’s writing process here. http://www.annswinfen.com/column
I was interested to read on Bopress’s blog what books she would take to a desert island and it prompted me to wonder what I would take if I was intending to be marooned. I toyed briefly with RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island, (I need to search for the hidden ‘idol’ after all)
At last this wonderful anthology is available.
When I joined Inkslingers, I never thought I would be contributing two hist.fict stories to an anthology. How does one write a meaningful short-story that is historical fiction? So I sat and played with words and two stories emerged to creep into this anthology. So did some astonishing tales by others.