5Q Interview with Pip Harry, author of I’ll Tell You Mine
by Jon Page - March 7th, 2014
Pip Harry is a freelance journalist who has worked on magazines for many years, including chasing celebrities as Entertainment Editor for NW and Deputy Editor for TV Week before turning herself into a yoga-loving frequent flyer as Health & Travel Editor for Woman’s Day. She’s the co-founder of relationships website, realitychick.com.au and has had short stories published in the UTS Writer’s Anthology and Wet Ink. She became a published author with her debut YA novel I’ll Tell You Mine. Her second YA novel, Head of the River is arriving in 2014, along with a non-fiction ebook about relationships, co-written by Rachel Smith. Pip lives in Sydney with her partner and their gorgeous daughter, Sophie. When not at a keyboard, she can be found searching for the perfect flat white and competing in ocean swimming
Can you remember the first story you ever wrote and, if so, what was it?
It was a fantasy picture book about faeries and magical lands. Lots of world building and illustration. I was seven when it was self published and distributed amongst my friends and family. Reviews were glowing.
Four. One adult, two YA and a middle grade. All not quite there, but great practice.
What sorts of books do you love to read?
Contemporary YA and adult fiction. Real, funny, gritty and relatable writing always grabs me. My writing buddy Pam Newton also turned me onto smart crime fiction like Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.
If you were forced to co-write a novel with someone (as we’re not presuming that you’d want to co-write with anyone necessarily) who would it be?
Is John Green available? We could write a YA love story set in the US & Australia. I’ll have to give him a call and set that up. I’d also love to co-write with my brother Michael, who is a brilliant young writer and editor. We just need to get less busy!
What are you working on now and next?
Now I am putting the finishing touches on a contemporary YA set in the world of competitive school rowing called Head of the River. It’s out in 2014 with UQP. Next I have co-authored a relationship non fiction ebook with Rachel Smith for Xoum publishing.
Author website: http://www.pipharry.com/