Welcome back to Writers on Wednesday. This week, we are talking to TW Lawless an emerging Australian writer ...
Tell us a bit about yourself …
I was raised on a cattle station then a country town in North Queensland but I now live in Melbourne with my wife. She is also a published author. I was a registered nurse for many years but I always wanted to fulfil my ambition of becoming an author. It finally came two years ago when I became very ill. My way of coping was to write a book. That book is called Homecountry. The book introduces a character called Peter Clancy, a hard-living tabloid journalist from Melbourne.
Tell us about your most recently published, or about to be published, book?
My latest book is called Thornydevils, the second book of the Peter Clancy series. It will be released in early 2014. Set in Melbourne in the late 1980s it features a cast of quirky characters, a great plot and plenty of grit.
Tell us about the first time you were published?
I was proud as a first time dad. I knew absolutely nothing about the publishing process but I learnt very quickly. Publishing a book would is one of the high points of my life so far.
As a writer, what has been your proudest achievement so far?
To be published for the first time of course, but to have also finished a second book. Probably my proudest achievement was to have my first book, Homecountry picked up by overseas distributors at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
What books or writing projects are you currently working on, if anything?
I’m currently researching the third Peter Clancy book which is to be set in London. I also blog regularly about my experiences of growing up on a cattle station. It’s called:
Do you have a favourite place to write?
Writing in my cubby-hole office tucked in with book shelves and my guitar collection at home.
What do you prefer? eBooks or Paper Books? Why?
I’m a traditionalist. I like the look and smell of books and I like how they look on my big book shelf.
Aside from your own books, of course, what is one book that you feel everybody should read?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. A brilliant book about inhumanity and the strength of the human condition.