Player Profile: Felicity Young, author of Antidote to Murder
by Clayton Wehner - February 20th, 2013
Felicity Young, author of Antidote to Murder
Tell us about your latest creation…
Antidote to Murder is book 2 of my Dody McCleland historical mystery series. The series is set in Edwardian London
and features Dody McCleland, Britain’s first female autopsy surgeon. In this book Dody is accused of conducting a criminal abortion, for which the penalty is death.
Not sure where I am from! Born in Germany, educated in the UK and lived all over the world! Home these days is Gidgegannup, WA.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?
All sorts of things! The arts (writing, the stage) was the biggest attraction, but I didn’t think I would be able to support myself that way and so chose the safer option of nursing – which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Arts came later, so I like to think I had the best of both worlds.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?
My present series – naturally! Seriously though, I love writing about the Edwardian period and hope my passion for it is reflected in the writing.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?
I write at a large cluttered desk in my bedroom. The desk faces a window that has a stunning view of our rural property. My little dog is usually sitting at my feet or, as he is now, snoring softly from my bed.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?
I guess you could call me an eclectic reader who leans towards crime. I’m currently reading Peter Robinson’s latest and before that it was Stephen Fry’s bios. I also enjoy contemporary literary but don’t read too many classics these days –
had enough of those at school and uni.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?
So many, where to start? The classic fairy tales, Beatrix Potter, Water Babies, C.S Lewis,Black Beauty, Hiedi, Anne of Green Gables etc progressing to the Willard price Adventure books, Alistair McClaine. Hammod Innes then Graham
Greene, Morris West etc when I became an angsty teenager.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?
Hmmm, that’s a hard one. The Scarlet Pimpernel perhaps? Risking my life for a worthy cause?
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?
Look after the menagerie, the farm, my organic veg patch, breed rare catfish, play the piano and fight bushfires with our local volunteer bushfire brigade.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?
That’s an easy one – Oysters, champagne, and chocolate. Also very partial to spicy (vegetarian) food.
Who is your hero? Why?
Any member of my immediate family is a hero to me. They are all individuals in their own right with admirable, unique,
characteristics that I try to learn from.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?
The tension between the traditional forms of publishing versus the new digital age. I hope the two forms can evolve in a way that is beneficial to both.
Website URL: www.felicityyoung.com
Facebook Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/felic
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