Natasha Walker (aka John Purcell), author of The Secret Lives Of Emma Trilogy
The Secret Lives of Emma: Unmasked is the final book in The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy. After getting herself into trouble Emma breaks free and heads off to reclaim herself and live the life she always meant to live. Leaving her husband David facing a challenge – accept her for who she is or lose her forever.
I was born in Sydney and now call the northern suburb of Davidson home.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?:
When I was a kid I wanted to be involved in politics or be David Bowie.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
The Secret Lives of Emma: Unmasked is my best work. I really enjoyed letting Emma be as wild as she liked.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
I write in a tiny room I call the library. It’s a room which is too big to be a cupboard and too small to be a spare bedroom. I lined the walls with bookcases, filled them with books and plonked a desk in the middle. A perfect little writing room.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
At the moment I am reading outside my comfort zone. My job requires me to keep up with the latest trends, prize winners and blockbusters. Unobserved I retreat to my true love, the classics.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
The book which I consider to be the catalyst for my reading life is Catch-22. If a friend hadn’t handed it to me I don’t think I would be the reader or writer I am today.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
Zorba. Because he is everything I am not.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
I am a homebody. When I am not reading or writing I am building bookcases, or painting the deck, or fixing something (probably something I broke). I love to paint pictures, too. But I haven’t found the time recently.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
My wife’s Toad in the Hole (look it up) and beer.
Who is your hero? Why?:
I don’t have one hero. I suppose my heros and heroines are scientists, great writers, philosophers, politicians and lawmakers.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
Big data. Algorithms which mine our use of the internet to predict what we shall want to buy next. Eg: If you read this you’ll like this. I see such a service as reductive. We should never be our own teachers. I think it was Constable who said, A self-taught individual has a very ignorant teacher.