Player Profile: Roger McDonald, author of The Following
by Jon Page - September 18th, 2013
Tell us about your latest creation:
“The Following” is a novel about Marcus Friendly, who became Australia’s sixteenth prime minister, and his line of descent through to the present day, in the person of a politician who may or may not have been his son, Max Petersen.
Growing up in country towns inoculated me against the romanticism of village life, so I live outside of one, on a high ridge 800 metres up in the Southeastern NSW Dividing Range.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?:
I wanted to be an aeroplane pilot but became a writer so never really came to earth.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
My latest book is always my best book, because it gets to where I only tried to get in my previous book (although leaving out where I hope to reach in the book after this one, should I be able to write it).
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
At the moment, sea stories.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
There wasn’t one. I’ve tried to write it since.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
I would not like to be a literary character because I would be the prisoner of its creator…But putting that one side, I would settle for being Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1707-54).
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
Most of the year I gather firewood and stack it for the following winter. In the summer I go to New Zealand for a couple of months where I mess around in boats.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
Raw fish and Japanese
Who is your hero? Why?:
Charles Darwin for his vision of creation.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
What it has always been – finding readers.
Blog URL: http://rogermcdonaldthefollowi
Facebook Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/Roger