Thursday, May 30, 2024

Interview With Author Jennifer Elliot Lindsey


1.           What inspired you to write this book?  The enjoyment of recalling memories of shared places, events and people. A love of the Australian environment of sea, sand, rivers and the ‘Bush’  A knowledge of the pioneering history of early Australia and a desire to pass these stories on to the next generations.  


2.            What exactly is it about and who is it written for? Mimi and Co are true stories, written about a family of three sisters, their father and grandma who are the principal characters in each story (their mother also makes appearances). The first stories describe early childhood events but the later ones continue to trace the sisters during their summer holidays as they grow and develop.  It is written for young readers and parents who would enjoy sharing the sister’s holidays and experiences – and they will probably relate to many of them!


3.           What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?  Increased knowledge and understanding and of the beautiful natural, environment – including the wild coast of southwestern Victoria (Australia).   Increased pleasure and enjoyment as they come to know the sisters better, and appreciate their diverse personalities and different ways of facing up to new experiences and new challenges. 


4.            How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? My three granddaughters, Mimi, Sami and Nina, were always the central characters of these true stories, and the reason for writing them. The cover was designed by their father, Tim Lindsey, who also illustrated the stories, drawing on his memory of the events they describe. It recalls the unfortunately-named but very beautiful Worm Bay, a special beach where we loved to swim and picnic. 


5.            What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers- other than run!? Be prepared to be very patient at every stage of your work.  Edit, edit, edit - and then put it to one side and edit it again. Don’t be distracted by other people’s suggestions. Read your work aloud, and imagine it in other places and situations, for example, as a library book, being read to a group of children, being given as a gift.   Be patient with the editing, and marketing processes.   Give your work time to be nurtured and to grow.


6.           What trends in the book world do you see.  Where is the book publishing industry heading? Quantity rather than quality seems to be the name of the game at the moment, both in children’s and adult fiction. More and careful editing before publication could help resolve a general deterioration in quality. Encouragement of the vernacular is all very well but it does reflect a rather limited and unimaginative style and vocabulary.  


7.           Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? Definitely – and those experiences in the stories themselves, which describe actual events.  How can a writer divorce him/herself from their own world? 


8.           How would you describe your writing style.  Which writer or book is your writing similar to? Books about children that have been written for children. They may be fictional or factual – for example, the Peter Pan stories, The Railway Children and Milly Molly Mandy. 


9.           What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? Because they were written at different times in the children’s lives, I had to be very alert to avoid repetition. When it came to the final collection, I also needed to be careful about matching spoken vocabulary with age vocabulary.  Finally, ‘Grandma’ and ‘Dadda’ are background characters and needed to be kept firmly in their secondary roles.


10. If people can buy or read one book this week or this month why should it be yours? Because it will introduce them to wonderful new people with diverse characters to think about and get to know, make them think about how children deal with challenges, describe some beautiful new places for them to appreciate, and suggest some new ways of relating to the natural world around us. A week would be ideal!


About The Author: Jennifer Lindsey (more often referred to as Jenny or, within the family, Mum, Grandma or ‘G-ma’) is now aged 83 and lives with her husband in the Yarra Valley, a semi-rural district outside Melbourne in Australia.  She was bought up in a small rural town near the southwestern coast of Victoria (Australia), remaining there until leaving to complete an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, where she met and married her husband, Paul. After bringing up their four children and retiring from teaching English and History, Jennifer has remained in close contact with her children and grandchildren, sharing their bucolic retreats and annual holidays along the familiar and much-loved southwestern coastline. Community activities, the environment, friends, and family, continue to be a significant part of her life. For more info, please see: 


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