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Quintette oF Questions: Vikki Conley

Today I’m asking Vikki Conley 5 questions about her latest book!

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

The Lost Moustache came to me like a dream. I just woke up one morning and the title was in my head! I said, “hello, what’s this all about?” and just started writing.

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

Probably a shorter, younger and female version of Sherlock Homes. Frankie is the main character in my book, and she is dressed up as a detective in search of a lost costume moustache! Set in a theatre, the illustrations are stunning and intriguing.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Fun, entertaining, curious, unique and quirky.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

Can I say the children from Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree? This book was one of my childhood favourites.

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

I’m going to have to say the theme song from Inspector Gadget! I loved this original cartoon!

About  The Lost Moustache

When Frankie finds a moustache, she is completely baffled. Who loses a moustache?

Determined to return the moustache to its rightful owner, Frankie launches an investigation. Engaging amusing and delightfully quirky.

Buy  The Lost Moustache

About  Vikki Conley

Vikki is one of the most prolific emerging children’s authors, with seven picture books being released over three years. She is an author, book reviewer and intrepid adventurer. She has worked as a professional writer and marketer, with diverse communities in Africa, Asia and Australia, for over 20 years.

Vikki is part of the CBCA and Lamont Books authors in schools programs. When she’s not writing, Vikki is creating experiences for children through story, drama, nature and puppetry at schools, libraries and festivals. Recently her title, Little Puggle’s Song became a 2020 CBCA Notable Book.

Inspired by nature and her country/seagoing childhood, Vikki writes and shares children’s books that celebrate the spirit of wonder, adventure and freedom that she wishes every child could enjoy. Vikki regularly shares her love of children’s literature as the creator and curator of Courageous Pages on Facebook and Instragram

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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: Lisa Walker

Today I’m asking Lisa Walker 5 questions about her latest book!

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

I started writing The Girl with the Gold Bikini about fifteen years ago. As a result, the title has gone through a few permutations. When I finally sat down in 2018 to try and finish it, the title came to me quite easily. It is connected to my protagonist’s love of Princess Leia, who was forced to wear a gold bikini by a giant slug. It also relates to the Gold Coast meter maids, who wander the streets of Surfers Paradise in gold bikinis. Many people have told me that the girl on the cover of the book is not wearing a gold bikini. No, she is not! The meaning of the title is revealed throughout the story.

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

Olivia is an offbeat, feisty girl and I visualise her being played by Jessica Barden, who I loved in The End of the F***ing World. Jessica would have to put on some weight to play the part, as Olivia is curvaceous, but I’m sure she’d be up for it!

3. What five words best describe your story?

Funny, fast-paced, joyful, thoughtful, quirky 

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

Princess Leia and Han Solo. They have such a great banter going on between them and even though they argue all the time, you can feel the sizzling sexual tension beneath that.

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

‘Rebel Girl’ by Bikini Kill – there is a climactic scene in the book where Olivia and her friends play this song and it’s a cool punk anthem about female power. What’s not to love about that?

About  The Girl with the Gold Bikini

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Grace has deferred her law degree and ducked out of her friends’ gap-year tour of Asia. Instead, she’s fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a private investigator, following in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars – who taught her everything she knows, including a solid line in quick-quipping repartee, the importance of a handbag full of disguises, and a way of mixing business with inconvenient chemistry.

Playing Watson to the Sherlock of her childhood friend, detective agency owner Rosco (once the Han Solo to her Princess Leia), Olivia pursues a routine cheating husband case from the glitzy Gold Coast to Insta-perfect Byron Bay, where she faces yoga wars, dirty whale activism, and a guru who’s kind of a creep.

Buy  The Girl with the Gold Bikini

About  Lisa Walker

Lisa Walker writes novels for adults and young adults. She has also written an ABC Radio National play and been published in the AgeGriffith ReviewBig Issue and the Review of Australian Fiction. Her recent novels include a young adult coming-of-age story, Paris Syndrome (HarperCollins, 2018), and a climate change comedy, Melt (Lacuna, 2018).

She has worked in environmental communication and as a wilderness guide, and recently spent six months in a Kmart tent in outback Australia. Lisa lives, surfs and writes on the north coast of New South Wales. The Girl with the Gold Bikini is her sixth novel.

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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: AJ Collins

Today I’m asking AJ Collins 5 questions about her latest book!

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

Oleanders are Poisonous: The title went through at least half dozen (probably more) changes as I tried to capture the mood, meaning and genre of my story. As I came up with each ‘perfect’ title, I excitedly ran each suggestion past my writers group, and there was never a consensus, so I slunk back to my desk to await more inspiration. In the end, it was a scene from my book that inspired me. And voilà! Joy at last.

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

Lauren: I could see a young Saoirse Ronan (with dark hair of course) capturing Lauren’s vulnerability and feistiness.
Harry: Oh look, let’s give a young Alex Pettyfar a go; he’s hot, English, can speak in sentences … what’s not to like?
Snap: Such an easy choice: a young Jordan Gavaris. He starred in the Orphan Black series – tall, intelligent, irreverent, fabulous and kind.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Honest, poignant, heartbreaking, gritty, brave

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

I melt over Hazel and Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars. Their strength, risking love in the face of adversity, rips my heart out.

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

Smile by Uncle Kracker – It’s Lauren’s theme song in the book

About  Oleanders are Poisonous

It’s bad enough sixteen-year-old Lauren is losing her mum to a horrible disease and that her best friend is leaving town, but now the only person she thought she could trust is about to betray her in the worst possible way. A complex, mature YA coming-of-age story, filled with heartbreak, laughter and poignancy.

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About  AJ Collins

AJ Collins is a Melbourne-based fiction author. A recipient of first prize and several commendations for the Monash WordFest awards, AJ has been published in various short story anthologies and magazines, and was awarded a place at Hardcopy 2018, a national professional development program for writers. Her work has also been read on Radio Queensland.

AJ graduated from RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing Associate Degree in 2014 and has since established a successful editing and publishing business, AJC Publishing. Previous to this, AJ had an eclectic career from managing commercial mortgages, to working in a legal tribunal, to fronting her own function band for over twenty years. A one-time devotee of adrenaline sports, including bungee, skydiving, parasailing, sky-walking, sky-jumping, and volcano climbing, AJ is now happy to be settled at home with her hubby and two fur-kids, writing her adventures instead of living them.

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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: Thuy On

Today I’m asking Thuy On 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 was pretty easy to call this collection Turbulence. It was the working title from the start and it remained the same til the very end. I like single-word titles and this one is self-explanatory.

The reason why there are koi swimming on the cover is not only because I have a poem called “Koi”, but because this particular fish is a symbol of good luck and also a marker of perseverance in times of adversity. They are symbols of courage and stamina, growth and transformation – all themes within the book. 

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

The death of my long-term marriage, the incendiary flame of a short-lived but inspiring fling a short while after, and my desire to rekindle an art form that had lain dormant for years because as an arts and literary critic/ journalist I was too busy writing about other peoples’ words.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Passionate, bracing, honest, sexy, lyrical.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

An utter cliche but Darcy and Elizabeth. I think their minds and temperaments are well-suited and they are the archetype of all rom-coms for me.

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

I wrote a poem in there inspired by my favourite song of the band Pulp. It’s called Something Changed. It’s about how fate can engineer the romantic collision of two people. There is a lot of yearning and dashed opportunities in Turbulence and this song really appeals to me because it’s a reminder that you have little control over how things work or don’t work out with regards to love.

About  Turbulence

Turbulence is a collection of poetry. It’s about loss, separation, and renewal, online dating, sex, longing, rejection, desire, and hope. All the big themes condensed in tiny poetic forms.

It’s ultimately about the turbulence of life.

It’s also a collection that also luxuriates in the beauty and nuances of language: there are poems about punctuation, fonts and grammar.about ampersands, semicolons and verbs.

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About  Thuy On

Thuy On is a freelance arts/literary critic and journalist who has written for a range of publications including The Australian, The Saturday Paper, The Age/SMH, ArtsHub and Books+Publishing. She’s also the Books Editor of The Big Issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry, Turbulence, is out now by UWAP.

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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.