Lisa Walker, author of Sex, Lies and Bonsai
Tell us about your latest creation…
‘Sex, Lies and Bonsai’ is the story of Edie, a shy, awkward redhead who has returned to her childhood home on the north coast of New South Wales after her ‘perfect’ boyfriend dumps her by text message. It’s been called ‘a quirky love story’, ‘a zany romance’ and ‘a bloody good laugh.’
Where are you from / where do you call home?
I was born in Holland, grew up in Fiji and spent my teenage years in Brisbane. I then worked all over Australia, from the Barrier Reef to the Snowy Mountains. I am now delighted to call the beautiful north coast of New South Wales home.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?
My first ambition was to become a dolphin trainer. After that I decided I wanted to become a park ranger and, eventually, I did! Really though, I have always wanted to write, it just took a while for that simmering desire to become a reality.
I only have two published novels at this stage, ‘Liar Bird’ and ‘Sex, Lies and Bonsai’ and also a radio play ‘Baddest Backpackers.’ I love them all but ‘Sex, Lies and Bonsai’ is my favourite, because while it is a comedy I think it does capture the joy, pain and drama of falling in and out of love.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?
I work in a corner of my bedroom on a small desk which is usually overun with paper. The best part about it is that it has a view of the sea, although that can be quite distracting at times. I have a collection of objects on my desk that remind me of my stories. ‘Liar Bird’ is a ceramic tree frog, while ‘Sex, Lies and Bonsai’ is a small statue of Japanese lucky gods.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?
I am a very eclectic and whimsical reader. I love a good comedy, but also read a lot of literary fiction. Most recently, I have enjoyed ‘Nine Days’ by Toni Jordan, ‘Black Mountain’ by Venero Armanno and ‘Little Bee’ by Chris Cleave. My goal for 2013 is to read as much Australian fiction as possible.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?
‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ turned me into an obsessive cupboard dweller as a child. I was sure that one day I would get through the back wall to a snow-covered landscape with a lone lamp post, a faun carrying parcels and a bunch of talking animals. Actually, that feeling is still with me.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?
Lucy from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ because she gets to Narnia first! Who wouldn’t want to be Queen Lucy the Valiant?
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?
I surf at least a few times a week – every day if it’s good. On holidays, I am as active as possible and come back exhausted. I love disappearing into wild places with no internet or phone.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?
Mangoes and coffee! I’m pretty wholesome really.
Who is your hero? Why?
My heroes are too many to mention. I admire people who are prepared to stand up for what is right – in particular, those who dedicate their lives to protecting our environment.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?
The use of computers in various ways impinges on leisure time that would previously have been used for reading. I am guilty of that myself. But it is clear to me that there are still large numbers of
passionate readers out there. The book is far from dead.
- Website URL: www.lisawalker.com.au
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