Player Profile: Judy Nunn, author of Elainne
by Jon Page - November 1st, 2013
Tell us about your latest creation:
My latest novel is titled ELIANNE and is to be published on November 1st by Random House. Elianne is the name of my fictional sugar plantation/mill/estate in the southern cane fields of Queensland. The main story is set in the 1960’s and follows the lives of the Durham family, with flashbacks to the nineteenth century when the mill was first established.
My childhood hometown was Perth – a place and a state of which I am very fond, but the majority of my adult life has been spent in the eastern states, predominantly Sydney. When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?: At the age of ten I wanted to become an actor and an author. I’ve become both and love being both. Aren’t I lucky!
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
Each book I write is my best book. Writing is learning experience and I like to think I get better with each one.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
My office is a glorious mixture of order and chaos. I know exactly where everything is, although other people would have no idea.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
Every book I’ve been dying to read during the 18 months I’ve been committed to my own work. I don’t read other people’s fiction while I write my own – research books only. It’s such a treat putting my head in someone else’s world.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
R.M. Ballantyne’s ‘The Coral Island’, which I read at eight years of age and which still sits on my book shelf. I can see it from here. ‘The Coral Island’ inspired me to write my first novel at 9 years of age.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
Edith Campbell-Berry in Frank Moorhouse’s trilogy because she’s so bold, so ahead of her time and so outrageously female, and amazingly created by a man. Well done Frank. I seriously love Edith.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
I indulge myself. Eating, drinking, stimulating conversation! Travelling, seeing things, observing, learning something new every day! Life’s too short and I don’t want to waste a minute of it.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
A real Vindaloo curry, no holds barred piping hot, a delicate dish of scampi, grilled no fancy stuff added, sashimi, oysters – Sydney rocks, freshly shucked – and a good eye fillet steak cooked rare. All of the above accompanied by either a good ‘wooded’ Chardonnay or full-bodied Shiraz, preferably Australian.
Who is your hero? Why?:
I’m not mad about the word ‘hero’. Heroes have a habit of developing feet of clay. I have admired many people over the years and many people have influenced my life. I couldn’t possibly single one out.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
The management of electronic literature, but everything will work out all right because people will always want books, in whichever form they choose to read them.
Website URL: judynunn.com.au