Therese Creed, author of Redstone Station
Tell us about your latest creation…
‘Redstone Station’ is a rural romance set on a 110 thousand acre cattle property in Central Western Queensland. It is not a pure ‘romance’, the romance is only one aspect of the story that explores everyday life on a cattle station, including cattle work, horsemanship, dog handling and other day to day activities. The characters are well developed, and span the generations, the story is both humorous and moving in places, and gives an insight into life on the land in the contemporary world.
Where are you from / where do you call home?
I live on a 17,000 acre cattle property south of Rockhampton, Queensland, with my husband and 4 sons.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?
I went through lots of phases, at times I wanted to be a writer, but most of the time I wanted to be a vet.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?
Redstone Station. It is my only work so far!
We live in a tiny 3 roomed cottage that is actually a kitchen building removed from a larger house. I use one corner of the main room for the computer table, and write by night through a haze of insects. We have no screens on the windows!
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?
Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and especially Elizabeth Goudge.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?
The Narnia Chronicles (CS Lewis) Roald Dahl, The Secret Garden, The Wizard Of Earthsea (Ursula Le Guin).
If you were a literary character, who would you be?
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, because she is ladylike, intelligent and Gutsy all in one. She gets her point across politely without resorting to rudeness or abuse. She held her own in the male dominated society of her era.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?
Teach my sons school by distance education (daily commitment); Feed animals, cattle work (mustering and yard work); Train my working dogs, break in and ride horses.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?
My favourite food is nuts of all kinds. My favourite drink is tea (sorry to disappoint).
Who is your hero? Why?
My hero is My uncle Father Paul Hanna, who works with the most unfortunate human beings on the face of the earth, restoring some of their dignity.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?
The greatest threat to books and reading is the diminishing concentration span of the human race. We are constantly seeking instant entertainment and gratification. People wanting a quick fix miss out on the joy of a subtle, slowly unfolding story that requires some level of thought and reflection from the reader. I am hoping that the novelty of these less substantial, quick fix forms of entertainment is going to wear off and that people will rediscover the joy of a challenging read.