Player Profile: Jessica Shirvington, author of Between the Lives

jess-shirvingtonJessica Shirvington, author of Between the Lives

Tell us about your latest creation…

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ‘other’ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she’s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she’s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other. With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she’s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

Where are you from / where do you call home?

Sydney, Australia

between-the-livesWhen you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An author?

When I was a kid I wanted to become a vet.

What do you consider to be your best work? Why?

Always my most recent work because I feel like with each book I am more developed as a storyteller.

Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?

I have an office at home. It is extremely disorganised and messy, but somehow I know where everything is.

When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?

I read a lot of YA and adult. I love contemporary, paranormal, fantasy. I’ve been reading quite a bit of magic lately and I like the odd dystopian.

What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?

As a kid, I loved Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia – still do!

If you were a literary character, who would you be?

I really don’t know. (sorry!)

Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?

Ski! I love the snow. Hang out with my family (boring but awesome!). Try to avoid the gym.

What is your favourite food and favourite drink?

Favourite drink is probably Coke although I have a love hate relationship with it! Favourite food…I’m a big fan of soft, runny cheese.

Who is your hero? Why?

My mum. She raised me and my three siblings. Anyone who can put up with us and manage to still have a full headcount by the time we were all adults is pretty incredible!

Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?

Defining them somehow. I think we need some kind of coding system informing readers of age appropriateness, content, if published by a publishing house or self published, etc. I think readers deserve to have more information and know what they are paying for.

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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.