Player Profile: Persephone Nicholas, author of Burned

Persephone Nicholas Author Image (Photo Credit gm photographics)Persephone Nicholas, author of Burned

Tell us about your latest creation:

My book is called Burned and is the winner of this year’s Random House/National Seniors Literary Prize. It’s the story of four families on two sides of the world brought together by one terrible event.

Burned Cover ImageWhere are you from / where do you call home?:

I was born in the UK but have lived in Sydney for nearly 10 years now. I live a stone’s throw from Balmoral Beach in Mosman – it’s a great place to call home.

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

I’ve always loved words and writing, but did go through a long stage of wanting to be a vet.

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

Burned is my first novel so it’s definitely the best so far. I was very humbled to receive an award for it – it’s made me determined to try and make the next one even better.

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

I write at a beautiful silver desk I bought in London many years ago. My dog lies underneath it and keeps my feet warm in winter. I like peace and quiet when I’m working and if I need some inspiration I just head down to the beach at the end of the street.

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

It’s very important to me that the books I read are well-written. At the moment I’m reading M L Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans and then I’ll be moving on to Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed. R J Palacio’s Wonder was a favourite earlier this year.

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

I particularly loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series. The tv series just didn’t do it justice.

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

I could pick a different character for every day of the year!

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

I love the ocean – swimming in it, walking beside it, watching it… I find it very therapeutic and restorative.

What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:

Champagne, coffee, chocolate… anything beginning with a ‘c.’

Who is your hero? Why?:

My real life hero is Annie Crawford, founder of CanToo – a not for profit organisation that helps people get fit and raises money for ground-breaking cancer research.

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

Instilling a love of reading and great books in our children – so entertainment doesn’t always sink to the level of the lowest common denominator.

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Jon Page

Jon Page is a bookseller and author of the Bite the Book Blog.