Amanda BAuthor of the Aurora series, Amanda Bridgeman talks to AWM about kick-ass female sci-fi writers and how to best consume writing advice (with a generous dash of salt).

Amanda Bridgeman was born and raised in the seaside/country town of Geraldton, Western Australia, she hails from fishing and farming stock. The youngest of four children, her three brothers raised her on a diet of Rocky, Rambo, Muhammad Ali and AC/DC. She studied film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University (BA Communication Studies). Her first two novels, Aurora: Darwin and Aurora: Pegasus were published with Momentum in 2013, and the third book in the Aurora series, Aurora: Meridian will be released in September 2014.

How would you describe your novel Aurora: Meridian to someone at a party?

It’s the third book in a space opera series centred around a futuristic military outfit who have been double-crossed and thrown into a slowly unravelling mystery.

Why was the character Carrie Welles fun to write?

Carrie Welles was fun to write because she has a fiery stubborn streak that gets her into trouble! Thanks to this trait, she also elicits the greatest feedback from readers!

What piece of advice do you wish you’d been given when you were starting out as a writer?

Learn patience because you’ll need it – things take time in the publishing industry. Also, take every piece of advice you read with a pinch of salt. Everyone is different; every book/writing style is different. So what works for one person may not work for the next. There are no ‘rules’ in writing, only vague guidelines that you can bend to suit.

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What is the next book on your must read list?

I’m quite interested to read Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, it sounds interesting and has been getting quite a lot of good reviews. Plus, a female author kicking ass in sci-fi!

What has been the hardest part about writing a trilogy?

Patience! Knowing all the exciting things that are to come for your readers and wanting them to be able to read them now! Seriously, though, I didn’t know how many books I was writing at the time. I just wrote and the story dictated how long it will be. It’s actually going to be longer than a trilogy…

Georgia Lejeune is currently studying a Masters of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Queensland, she previously obtained a Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology. Georgia is a freelance writer/blogger, actor, and circus teacher who likes Jane Austen novels and dislikes ironing, sultanas, and writing in the third person.

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