Maggie Scott, co-author of Just Between Us
Tell us about your latest creation…
Quite literally, my latest creation is my son George, who was born a month ago. My latest literary creation is ‘Just Between Us’, an anthology of short stories and fiction that I co-edited and contributed a short story to. It’s about the difficulties of female friendships, especially when they fall apart.
In the big picture, Melbourne, Australia, the World is my home; in the smaller picture, I call the illustrious suburb of Moonee Ponds home, or the Moo Poo, as insiders fondly refer to it.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?
From memory I wanted to be s glamorous roller skating stunt person.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?
Perhaps my review of ‘The Golden Girls’
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?
At the moment it’s a small laptop wherever I can plug it in – couch, cafe, kitchen or library. I have learned to block out most white noise.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?
I go through phases. Currently I am in a short attention span phase, so I’m reading bits and pieces from journals I subscribe to; Meanjin, Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings, Lucky Peach, The Believer. I also read blogs on my phone – in particular longform.org for great alternative journalism, The Atlantic for episode re-caps and The Conversation for Aussie news.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?
‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by Philippa Pearce. My first real foray into this thing called literature.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?
Once upon a time I would have said Lucy Honeychurch from a ‘Room With a View’ by EM Forster, but I’ve grown up too much since then. Not sure who I would say now.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?
At this very moment, it’s all baby wrangling. I do things like write a profile for Boomerang Books in my spare time.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?
Cereal is my favourite food, it’s a comfort thing. Drink – all manner of rose wines, especially that first chilled glass of the summer.
Who is your hero? Why?
Lena Dunham, writer and director of the TV show ‘Girls’. Can’t wait to see what she does next.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?
The rapid evolution of screen culture and all the devices and waning attention spans through which people read now. It’s exciting for the dissemination of content but very challenging for the good old long, beautifully crafted, slow moving novel at the same time.
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