Steve Bisley, author of Stillways
Tell us about your latest creation:
I have just had my first book launched on August the first. It is an early memoir of my life growing up on a small farm on the central coast of N.S.W. Its is called “Stillways”
Where are you from / where do you call home?:
I grew up on the farm but have lived in Sydney for most of my working life.
As a kid I wanted to do everything. I loved reading and story telling which I attribute to my mothers influence. she was a writer,poet and a teacher.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
I have worked for 35 years as an Actor but consider “Stillways” to be my latest best work. I am now writing my first novel.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
My writing environment is ordered and quiet. I write long hand and then edit on a word processor.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
I read everything, currently Jonathen Franzen.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
The Jungle Book was an early favourite, then Dickens and Shakespeare
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
I was and would be the central character in my memoir “Stillways”
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
In my spare time I hang out with any or all of my 6 children
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
I cook a spanish duck recipe which has chocolate and almond stirred through the stock.I have a love of bold red wine.
Who is your hero? Why?:
We dont need another hero. we are all hero’s and need to learn to love ourselves.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
Get rid of mobile phones and other needless distractions and start talking to each other rather than seeing life through the filter of a screen.