My name is Chloe, and I am AWM’s personal intern. I only have a few weeks left of my internship, and have to bestow my heartfelt and enthusiastic gratitude upon Meg for giving me such wonderful opportunities in the last three months.
First and foremost, she has given me the opportunity to chat to two of my favourite Australian authors, who will both be attending upcoming Writer’s Races.
Tonight, the AWMonline Writer’s Race forum will be host to Narelle M. Harris, prolific author of novels, plays, and short stories. Her latest short story, The Truth About Brains, has recently been published in the anthology Best New Zombie Tales. Narelle is also one of the very few authors who has published a vampire fiction novel set in Australia—The Opposite of Life, set on the streets of Melbourne. It is the first book of a proposed trilogy.
The Opposite of Life is the first Australian vampire fiction book that I ever read, and I have to thank Narelle for introducing me to a new obsession—to collect every single vampire fiction book ever published in Australia, and to perhaps publish one of my own one day (I really need to get my backside into gear). I eagerly await the next book in the series.
It’s the above-mentioned obsession that led me, inevitably, to Kirsty Eagar. Kirsty’s first book, Raw Blue, was published in 2009 and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction 2010. Her second book, Saltwater Vampires, was published earlier this year and is set in the fictional coastal town of Rocky Head in New South Wales—it has the potential to be the Australian Lost Boys.
In many ways, Kirsty could be my hero. She went to the University of Queensland, like me, and says that she ‘wasn’t ready for a real job’. Like me. She is now a published author, however, and greatly admired for her work. She has continued the new tradition of vampire fiction in Australia, adding yet another location to the very short list. Kudos!
I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to a wonderful internship. I hope to see you all at the Writer’s Races!