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How a dream inspired Jessica Yu's debut novel

We caught up with Jessica Yu to learn more about her writing routine and the shortlist award that helped launch her career.

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Jessica Seaborn on inspiration, observation and navigating the publishing process

Debut author Jessica Seaborn shares a few things that helped her get her debut novel, Perfect-ish, published.

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Claire van Ryn shares her unique 3-step writing process

Plus, find out what inspired Claire's first novel and how her previous work experience helped her write The Secrets of the Huon Wren.

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Why Karen Kirsten chose to share her family’s true World War II story

Karen Kirsten shares what it was like writing her family history and the research process behind her new book, Irena’s Gift.

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How fanfic inspired sydney khoo to become an author

We chatted with sydney khoo about writing routines, fanfic, and how the Write It fellowship lead to their first book deal and debut novel, The Spider and Her Demons.

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How a Doctorate of Arts led Annette Higgs to her debut novel

The 2022 Penguin Literary Prize winner shares her unique method of writing On a Bright Hillside in Paradise.

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Breanne Mc Ivor shines light on the unique process of writing her debut novel

Find out how she was inspired by her experience as a makeup artist and woman living in modern Trinidad.

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Katie Bishop shares how ‘writing feels like home’

We caught up with Katie Bishop to learn more about her debut novel, The Girls of Summer. Find out how #MeToo inspired the novel and what it was like writing during Covid lockdowns.

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Anna Funder taking on the patriarchy

We caught up earlier this year with Anna Funder to discuss her upcoming book Wifedom, and how it explores marriage and art as a piece of 'counter-fiction'.

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C.E. McGill shares the moment they realised they wanted to be an author

Plus find out how they turned a university project into a debut novel.

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Nick Bhasin intended to write a memoir. Here’s how it became his debut novel instead

Plus find out why he loves David Sedaris and what inspired him to become a writer.

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Emma Törzs shares why she's happy that her first novel was never published

Plus find out how her sister inspired Ink Blood Sister Scribe and what she’s looking forward to most about being published in 2023.

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A conversation with James Clear

Learn from James Clear about starting over after a serious injury, the margin between success and failure, and why it’s totally okay (encouraged, even!) to spend just five minutes at the gym.

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A debut author’s insight on awards, genre and the publishing process

Darcy Tindale shares how submitting her writing to awards helped get her debut novel published.

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Nathan Anthony of Bored of Lunch fame shares his ultimate comfort food

We chatted with social media star and home cook extraordinaire Nathan Anthony to learn about his favourite herbs, most-used ingredients and more.

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The unlikely way Kate Dramis found her literary agent

We asked debut author Kate Dramis about the publication of her first novel, The Curse of Saints. Read about her ‘fairy-tale’ submission experience, how she came up with the idea for the book and more.

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What happens when your debut novel becomes a bestseller? We asked Bonnie Garmus

We caught up with Bonnie Garmus after a whirlwind year of success with her debut novel, Lessons in Chemistry.

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