Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in South Africa. I’ve lived in the Middle East in Qatar, in the USA, in Europe and now in Australia. I’m very influenced by landscape and people and I think the most profound impact on my writing has been my exposure to many different cultures and ways of living and viewing the world. One can’t be narrow-minded or fundamentalist about anything once the world has revealed itself in all its deep complexity.
How did you develop your writing?
By rewriting, paring down and re-reading, and by reading works by truly great authors whose styles I admire.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Every day, life is full of unique people and experiences. The trick is, staying open to the treasures of the seemingly ordinary moment.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
If I did, I wouldn’t write for publication.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Everyone is supportive. Do all my friends and family read everything I write? No!
Do you plan to publish more books?
I hope to keep doing what I’ve been doing. This is my 37th or 38th book, and I have no plans to stop.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
I’m a high school English teacher by day, to support my writing habit by night…
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I’ve taught in a wide range of settings to a wide range of students, and my inspiration often comes from those I teach.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Here on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, where I’ve finally landed.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I write on my laptop or in my journal. I don’t have a private writer’s attic. I do things in the midst of life, in the gaps between supper and my late-night snack, in the afternoon while waiting for the washing to dry and I often write instead of watching TV, checking Facebook or taking a nap.
Lucy Wright, sixteen and a paraplegic after a recent car accident that took her mother's life, lives in Queensland on a 10,000 acre farm with her father. When Lucy investigates strange lights over the creek at the bottom of the property, she discovers a mystery that links the lights to the science of cymatics and Scotland’s ancient Rosslyn Chapel.
But beyond the chapel is an even larger mystery. One that links the music the chapel contains to Norway’s mysterious Hessdalen lights, and beyond that to Saturn and to the stars. Lucy’s discoveries catapult her into a parallel universe connected to our own by means of resonance and sound, where a newly emerging world trembles on the edge of disaster. As realities divide, her mission in this new world is revealed and she finds herself part of a love story that will span the galaxy.
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Genre - Young Adult SF
Rating - PG
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