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Quintette of Questions: LA Larkin

Today I’m asking LA Larkin 5 questions about her latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

It’s called Prey and it was relatively easy to choose the title because it’s about a brave woman who hunts down a criminal syndicate only to find herself their prey. The title also relates to the main theme of the book.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Daisy Ridley who played the lead in The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

3. What five words best describe your story?

Tense, secrets, danger, betrayal, feisty

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

Lucifer and Chloe from the TV series Lucifer

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

About Prey

Olivia Wolfe is a journalist who travels the world exposing heinous crimes. She has more enemies that most.

When her anonymous source is murdered, Wolfe must unravel the terrible secret that connects a series of gruesome murders. But powerful people want her stopped.

Betrayed and isolated, Wolfe is hunted by a faceless killer.  Can she stay alive long enough to expose the shocking truth?

Four murders. Four countries. One terrible secret.

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About LA Larkin

Thriller author, L.A. Larkin, has been described by James Phelan as ‘a world-class thriller writer’ and likened to Michael Crichton by The Guardian and Alistair MacLean by The Times.

Her new novel, PREY, reintroduces the feisty and resourceful investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe who was described by Sue Turnbull in The Age as, ‘a new breed of female heroine bounding into the hitherto masculine preserve of the action thriller.’

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So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.

Quintette of Questions: Jennifer Mackenzie

Today I’m asking Jennifer Mackenzie 5 questions about her latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My book is called Navigable Ink. It came to me quite early in the process of writing the book. It is a poetic image combining the themes of ocean voyaging, of distances travelled over the waterways of the Indonesian archipelago, and of the writing process itself.

2. What three main things inspired you in writing these poems? 

My book was inspired by the life of Pramoedya and the quality of his writing. I find his example of standing up to his persecutors, and being true to himself to be very moving. I also wanted to have the challenge of writing a collection which would in many ways hold a mirror up to history, as Pramoedya’s writing does, and present important political and environmental themes. I was also inspired by some young environmental activists in Indonesia and have included poems dedicated to them.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Immersive, sensuous, tragic, heartbreaking, defiant

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

The narrator and Albertine in Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

The sound of a Javanese gamelan as you approach it from a distance

About Navigable Ink

Navigable Ink is a homage to the Indonesian writer and activist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Pramoedya spent most of his adult life in jail, imprisoned first by colonial powers and later by Indonesian governments. This poetry collection is a response to his life, and the beauty of his writing and of the Indonesian natural environment.

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About Jennifer Mackenzie

Jennifer Mackenzie is a poet and reviewer, currently living in Melbourne. Her first visit to Java and the Buddhist temple of Borobudur inspired a lifelong interest in the Asian region. She regularly attends writers’ festivals and conferences there, including the Ubud, Irrawaddy and Makassar festivals. Her previous collection, Borobudur was also published by Transit Lounge, and by the Lontar Foundation in Indonesia.

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So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.

Quintette of Questions: Donna Mazza

Today I’m asking Donna Mazza 5 questions about her latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest book is called Fauna. It started life as a short story called ‘The Exhibit’ but it soon outgrew the title as it moved past the exhibition of de-extincted animals that was its namesake.  I had wanted a more complex title with more words in it but when I finally settled on Fauna , nothing else seemed to fit. In the end, the title and my name have a delightful symmetry on the cover of the book and I can’t imagine anything would suit it better.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

As I was writing Fauna , I realised it was a very visual work and would make a great movie. I imagined Sam Worthington as Isak because he seems gentle and isn’t extremely handsome but he’s alright. If he’s reading this I do apologise!  Isak is from South Africa so I think Sharlto Copley would be wonderful and he has the best accent for it.  He has already made movies about aliens (District 9) so he’d be quite comfortable with my not-quite-human baby. Essie Davis, who was the mother in The Babadook, would be great as Stacey and she’s had that experience of being a panicky mother under threat.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Poetic – Raw – Maternal – Prescient – Empathic

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

They aren’t fictional but they are legendary – Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley are my all time favourite couple. I mean she wrote Frankenstein and he was the most passionate and sublime poet of all the Romantics – what’s not to love?

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

When the family go on a doomed holiday to the South West of WA they sing along to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’ and it brings back memories of when they met, before they had children, especially ones that weren’t really human! 

About Fauna

A compelling near-future literary novel, psychological thriller and family drama set seventeen years into a very recognisable future, Fauna is an astonishing psychological drama with an incredible twist: What if the child you are carrying is not entirely human?

Using DNA technology, scientists have started to reverse the extinction of creatures like the mammoth and the Tasmanian Tiger. The benefits of this radical approach could be far-reaching. But how far will they go?

Longing for another child, Stacey is recruited by LifeBLOOD®, a company that offers massive incentives for her to join an experimental genetics program. As part of the agreement, Stacey and her husband’s embryo will be blended with edited cells. Just how edited, Stacey doesn’t really know. Nor does she have any idea how much her longed-for new daughter will change her life and that of her family. Or how hard she will have to fight to protect her.

Fauna is a transformative, lyrical and moving novel about love and motherhood, home and family-and what it means to be human.

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About Donna Mazza

Donna Mazza is a writer and academic whose debut novel, The Albanian (Fremantle Press, 2007) won the TAG Hungerford Award. Her short stories, poetry and other works have been published in literary magazines and she was recipient of the Mick Dark Flagship Fellowship for Environmental Writing at Varuna Writers Centre for her short fiction. Her short story ‘The Exhibit’, which was the seed of her new novel, was joint winner of Westerly Magazine’s Patricia Hackett Prize.

Her poetry is featured on several public art works in Western Australia. Donna teaches at Edith Cowan University and lives in a small country town in the South West with her family, including many chickens.

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So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.

Quintette of Questions: Meg Mundell

Today I’m asking Meg Mundell 5 questions about her latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest book is called The Trespassers, but it was originally called The Fever Diaries. The book evolved during the writing process, so needed a new title. It took awhile to come up with another name, but it fit perfectly. I love the word “trespass” — it’s poetic and evocative, strong and ominous, but also allows for nuance and ambiguity. Who decides what constitutes “trespassing”? Perhaps it depends on where you’re standing.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Billie, the ex-nurse/singer, would be played by PJ Harvey – a tough, hard-drinking, Scottish version of PJ Harvey, but with that same incredibly powerful singing voice.

I’d try to case a talented Deaf child to play Cleary. But if we couldn’t find the right person, I’d go back in time and hire Henry Thomas (ET), when he was 9 years old. And give him an Irish voice coach.

For the teacher, Tom, I’d hire Dev Patel. He’s got the sensitivity, the English accent, and the soulful eyes (but he’d have to be clean-shaven, for plot reasons).

3. What five words best describe your story?

Tightly-paced, terrifying, compassionate, multi-layered, resonant

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple ?

Pooh Bear and Piglet.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

Stand By Me, by Ben E. King –a timeless song about love and loyalty in dark times. For me it reflects the relationship that blooms between Billie (the nurse) and Cleary (the young boy). When Cleary’s left all alone on the ship, terrified and victimised, she becomes his protector, his anchor, his best friend.

About The Trespassers

A shipload of migrant workers flees the pandemic-stricken UK, seeking a fresh start in Australia. For nine-year-old Cleary the journey promises adventure, for former nurse Billie it’s a chance to put a shameful mistake behind her, while struggling schoolteacher Tom hopes for a brighter future. But when a crew member is murdered and people start falling gravely ill, the Steadfast descends into chaos. Trapped on the ship, the trio must join forces to survive the journey and its aftermath. 

The Trespassers is a beguiling novel that explores the consequences of greed, the experiences of migration and exile and the way strangers can become the ones we hold dear.

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About Meg Mundell

Photo: Joanne Manariti Photography

Kiwi born and bred, writer and researcher Meg Mundell migrated to Australia by boat in the late 1990s. Her second novel The Trespassers (UQP 2019), a near-future literary thriller set on a migrant-labour ship, has been shortlisted for a 2020 Aurealis Award and optioned for TV. Her first novel Black Glass (Scribe 2011) was shortlisted for two Aurealis Awards, the Barbara Jefferis Award, the Norma K. Hemming Award, and the CAL–Scribe Fiction Prize.

Her journalism, essays and short fiction have appeared in Best Australian Stories, The Sydney Morning Herald, TheAge, The Monthly, The Guardian, Meanjin, Overland and elsewhere.

Meg is also the author of the digital short story collection Things I Did For Money (Scribe 2013), and the editor of We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place & Belonging (Affirm Press 2019), a collection of true stories by writers who have experienced homelessness. Her academic research focuses on place, homelessness and spatial justice.

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So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.