I went to my first ever author talk tonight – Judy Nunn, author of a dozen Australian historical novels, more than a million books sold worldwide, spoke at my little local library. She was promoting her latest novel Elianne. I’ve read a couple of her novels in the past and enjoyed them, gave them to my lovely mother in law to also enjoy.
I quite enjoyed the evening, Judy’s anecdotes and reading. I cringed at the questions that were asked, but she handled them with grace and even when the lady said her mother had a fascinating life and would Judy like to write it – didn’t make anyone feel foolish.
Sadly I can’t make the other two but it just makes me happy that the literary scene is so active at the moment!
For the record it takes her about a year of research and then a year of writing. She writes most days, the title often comes as the very last thing. If for some reason she has to take an extended break from writing her work-in-progress and, as she said, remove herself from that world, she’ll do some all caps typing of the things she has planned for the following chapters so that she can come back to the same place with the same plans again.