Player Profile: Caroline Overington, author of Sisters of Mercy

IMG_1744Caroline 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.

9781742750422When you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An author?

A journalist!

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, 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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Published by

Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.