What inspired you to write it? I write about things that in my eyes deserve attention, things which are either neglected, disregarded, or simply ignored in life. Christopher Koch was a neglected writer in Australian academia when I first undertook my research on him. Then I realized that Australian fiction had little visibility in French-speaking countries and so my potted literary history Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours (
What did you do before you became an author? I was a student.
How does it feel to be a published author? Nothing special, it’s just part of the process of how the book will reach its readers. But if you’d ask me how it feels to make a positive difference in someone’s life, I’d say it’s the greatest reward a writer can get. Perhaps someone will take a fresher look at things, perhaps someone has loved the story I wrote or the way it was written, perhaps someone will take up a cause, etc. Who knows? These are the precious little rewards you get when you are published.
Any advice for struggling writers? Keep your nose to the grindstone, vest your story with meaning and feelings, and believe in yourself.
Where do you see book publishing heading? Let’s hope in the right eco-friendly direction.