Today, we feature an interview with popular Queensland author, Karen Foxlee, who is one of our masterclass presenters at the inaugural Sunshine Writers Retreat (Nov 9 - 12).
The Sunshine Writers Retreat will be three and a half days of glorious writing, learning and networking time. The retreat concept has a wholistic approach to story, or manuscript, development. It's suitable for those writing for adults and children. Our residential, on-site accommodation packages sold out incredibly quickly and we are now into overflow accommodation. Selected spots still remain.
We also offer Day Visit Packages for those who live locally or those who only want to come for specific days over the 3.5 day retreat. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
Friday Night Dinner Packages are available for those who wish to come along to connect with the retreat attendees and hear literary agent, Alex Adsett speak. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
Limited Publisher Manuscript Assessments are still available with Rochelle Manners, owner and publisher at Wombat Books. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
Professional Photography Sessions are also available on Friday 10 November. If you need a new author or illustrator photo taken, now is the time to get one! They're very reasonably priced. https://goo.gl/JqEujv
You can find out more about the Sunshine Writers Retreat at: http://www.greenleafpress.net/sunshine-writers-retreat.html. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Karen.
Can you tell us briefly about yourself and the style of books you write?
I’m an author living and writing in south east Queensland. I write books for both children and grown-ups. My books for young adults and adults, The Midnight Dress and The Anatomy of Wings are works of literary fiction published around the world. My books for young readers are aimed at a middle-grade audience. They are fantasy adventure stories. Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy was CBCA notable book in 2015 and A Most Magical Girl has been shortlisted for the same awards this year. It also won the Readings Children’s Fiction Book Prize this year.
Which of your characters do you most identify with and why?
Jennifer Day in my first novel The Anatomy of Wings is probably the winner. Just like me, she grew up in a little company mining house in an outback mining town. She worries and wonders about a lot of the same things I worried and wondered about as a child. She loves facts, especially facts about birds. She’s funny and brave and when I found her voice to narrate that story everything fell into place.
What is your favourite inspirational writing quote?
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce
What is your favourite place to be when writing?
I mostly write my novels sitting on my sofa or, in the case of my early morning writing, in bed.
What experience do you think most shaped your journey as an author?
Too many to mention! Having a mum who always valued and encouraged my creative leanings was probably the most important. Going back to University as a mature-aged student and studying creative writing. Winning the Emerging Author Award in the then Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards for the manuscript of The Anatomy of Wings and gaining a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press. The list goes on.