Player Profile: Caroline Overington, author of Sisters of Mercy
by Clayton Wehner - February 4th, 2013
Caroline Overington, author of Sisters of Mercy
Tell us about your latest creation…
Sisters of Mercy – two sisters, born years apart, in two different countries; one is raised without the other, and they come together only for the reading of their father’s Will – after which, one of them mysteriously disappears.
Where are you from / where do you call home?
I am a Melbourne girl, but Bondi is now home.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?
I am still learning – with every book, I learn a little more.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?
I have had an office for years and I have never, ever used it. I get too lonely. I like to write in the lounge room, with my laptop on my knee. Telling everyone to please shush.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?
Cormac McCarthy, The Australian Women’s Weekly (I’m the Associate Editor there!), The Australian newspaper, Mamamia.com.au. Twitter
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?
The Secret Garden (and, much much later, Story of O.)
If you were a literary character, who would you be?
Bugs Bunny. I like his chutzpah.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?
I have twins, a husband, a dog, a lizard, family in Queensland and in Melbourne, plus a full-time job. So, you know – busy! But happy.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?
Gin and tonic – with mint (it’s a vegetable! or a herb, anyway.)
Who is your hero? Why?
My children. I know, ugh. But it’s true.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?
There will always be books. There will always be reading. I just wish I could write more of the first and do more of the second.
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