Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Trinity.
Pieces of Sky (Allen & Unwin) is your first published YA novel. How did you get published – an agent or through the slush pile?
I got my deal through my agent.
What is the significance of your title, Pieces of Sky?
In the novel the idea of sky represents something to reach for out of the grief and the story is a somewhat fractured look at that.
Thank you. I tried to instil them with as much truth as I could—whether it was my truth or someone else’s. If I could work out what each of them wanted—small or big—it helped them become more alive for me.
Who do you hope reads your book?
Everybody haha. People who are searching and feel stretched thin by the world, those who want beauty and an escape. Those who are up at 3am developing obsessions for things most people have never considered. Photo of Trinity Doyle (credit Farrah Allen)
One of the characters writes snatches of poetry. Do you write poetry or song lyrics?
I’ve tried my hand at song lyrics. I was in a band once and did some writing—not much of a singer though so I just spoke gruffly into the microphone haha. I had an intense period of journalling when I was 19 and that was mostly poetry. I tried to be all Anne Sexton over my lack of boyfriend 😉
You included some really interesting bands in the novel? Why did you pick these?
Some, like The Jezebels, had a lot of impact for me in the early writing of the book while others became important to me later. I tried to make each mention count, it had to have the appropriate feel for the scene and also be someone I thought the character would’ve actually listened to. I had a lot of fun with Evan’s more obscure taste.
Why did you choose Pennant Hills in Sydney as the place Evan grew up?
haha! Because I wanted him to come from somewhere a bit well off but not too much. It’s also outside the city, which I liked, I like him being an outsider. Truthfully though it’s just what came to mind. I had some friends who grew up there.
Where are you based and how involved in the Australian book world are you?
I’m based in Newcastle, NSW. I think I’m somewhat involved in our book world—I think it’s the best book world going. I’m a part of our local CBCA group, the Australian Society of Authors and the brilliant #LoveOzYA campaign.
How else do you spend your time?
I work as a graphic designer, hang out with my 4yo daughter and hubby, cook—I love food and am passionate about health. I garden a bit though I tend to lose interest when things die or are overcome by weeds. One day I’d like to have a tiny farm—gotta get better at keeping the backyard alive first though.
What have you enjoyed reading?
All the best with your new book, it’s a stunner and I reviewed it in the Weekend Australian here. Thanks very much, Trinity.