TAKING FIVE WITH EILEEN CHONG

With the release of Eileen Chong’s third book, Painting Red Orchids, AWM intern TJ Wilkshire took a moment with the Singaporean-Australian poet to discuss economy of language, poetic influences, and Eileen’s evolution as a writer.   How do you think social media has influenced the way poets write? Do you think it has taught poets … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH KAREN FOXLEE

AWM recently sat down with Australian YA author Karen Foxlee to discuss writing with children, getting into the YA mindset, and winning the QPLAs.   What made you want to write YA novels? Was it your daughter, Alice? And if so, how has she influenced your writing? Does she understand how important writing is to … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE (OR SIX) WITH KARI GISLASON

AWM recently spoke to Kari Gislason, writer and academic, about writing habits, travel writing, and his two books. Kari’s memoir, The Promise of Iceland, is a powerful tale of family origins and place, which highlights Kari’s ability to capture the stark beauty of Icelandic landscapes on the page. His second book, The Ash Burner, is … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH SIMON WINCHESTER

AWM was lucky enough to speak to author Simon Winchester this month about his recent book Pacific. In this interview, Simon generously answered questions about content, research, and structure in non-fiction writing. He offered advice about creating compelling historical reads by seeking out human stories. Simon told AWM how he learned of horrific tales about … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH MICHAEL KATAKIS

AWM recently spoke to writer Michael Katakis whose most recent book, A Thousand Shards of Glass, has just been published in the US. In this interview, Michael describes the pleasures of travel observations and the benefits of writing them down. Michael is a writer and photographer and also manages Ernest Hemingway’s literary estate. His writing is … Continue reading »