Tell us about your latest creation:
I see this as a follow-up book to help make cooking, eating and our health more elegant and joyous. A framework for simple, no-brainer health that supports sugar-free living. Which is what we’re after, no?
Where are you from / where do you call home?:
I’m from Canberra, or the outskirts of… but these days Sydney is home.
When I was seven I told mum I’d be the first female prime minister of Australia. I studied law and politics with that ambitious vague aim in mind, but soon realised i wanted to do something that could actually impact the world. My writing career very much evolved in an organic way, as did the I Quit Sugar journey. I never sat with a whiteboard to map out my career, I’ve stumbled from one step to the next.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
Setting up IQuitSugar.com where I’ve been able to employ eleven incredibly talented and passionate people and provide a livelihood for them and their families.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
Definitely chaotic and changeable! I write my best on planes, in airport lounges and in doctors waiting rooms. Which is fortunate given that my lifestyle doesn’t allow for very much writing time anymore. I’m always envious of writers who talk about having a specific, beautifully laid out spot where they write each day. But my personality adjusts well to chaos, and I’m quite possibly more creative on the fly.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
Evolutionary biology texts, and memoirs about physical adventure treks.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri. My only memory of it is the description of the smell of the goats, and the goats milk in the mornings. It’s still in my nostrils to this day.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
Winnie The Pooh
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
Bush walking. You can follow my adventures on Instagram (check out the hashtag #bushexcursion). And eating. I spend a lot of time cooking and thinking about food!
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
Drink – at the moment its a natural pinot noir from Harkhams wines.. I’m not generally a fan of pinot noir, but this one is an exeption. Food – it’d have to be something involving pork. Roast pork with sweet potato would have to be up there!
Who is your hero? Why?:
Victor Frankl, who wrote Man’s Search for Meaning. His capacity for clarity and forgiveness and understanding of the human spirit shortly after being imprisoned in a concentration camp is truly beautiful.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
I think it’s a positive one – to embrace people’s hankering to get away from their digital lives and back to “old school” engagement.