Own your story, Brene Brown says, or it owns you.
This was streamed live last night from Literary Bites, an event HarperCollins hosts in Sydney for booksellers and retail book-buyers to meet with authors.
It was the first time I've ever spoken publicly about my book, or the process writing it, and was one of the most extraordinary nights of my life, being and speaking in such incredible writerly company, and meeting such big-hearted, passionate book-lovers in the retail industry. Robyn Cadwallader shares insights about her new novel Book of Colors, as does Luke Slattery about his, Mrs M, and Dervla McTiernan, about The Rúin, her debut crime novel set in Galway, Ireland, which I have devoured. I speak last, starting at about the 45 minute mark; I superglued my tear ducts shut prior to the event starting.
Thank you, as ever, for sharing in this with me.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.