5Q Interview with Vanessa Stubbs, author of Star Attraction

0000007186Vanessa Stubbs is an entertainment and fashion reporter for MX newspaper, and has interviewed many Hollywood actors, including Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington. She has also worked as a News Limited journalist as a general reporter and medical reporter for the Daily Telegraph. Star Attraction is her first novel.

  1. Can you remember the first story you ever wrote and, if so, what was it?

I was in Year 4 and it involved an old house on top of a craggy, wind-swept coastline. There was a cave in the rocks below that contained some mystery. Unfortunately I couldn’t come up with what had happened in that cave. But I knew that I desperately wanted to find out and turn it into a story. There was also another attempt a bit later that involved a person being lost in the ocean. The whole story was about how it felt to be flailing around in the water. It had no plot whatsoever. To its credit though, there may have been a shark.

  1. 9781921901720How many novels did you write before your ‘first novel’ was published?

My first novel was published- a very fortunate turn of events.

  1. What sorts of books do you love to read?

I’m eclectic in my taste when it comes to fiction. Sometimes I’ll just go into a second hand book shop and pick something totally random and read it. I love women’s fiction, literary fiction, commercial fiction, a good thriller. My main requirements are that it must move me and the language must be wonderful.

  1. If you were forced to co-write a novel with someone (as we’re not presuming that you’d want to co-write with anyone necessarily) who would it be?

French author Anais Nin and film director Sofia Coppola (if she happened to turn her hand at writing books). I love the sensual, dreamy style of both these women’s art. There is also an overlap of thematic concerns (see below).

  1. What are you working on now and next?

I’m working on a story set in Paris, New York and Sydney. It has all my favourite things in it – did I mention Paris? And fashion, love, betrayal and secrets. Perhaps every book I write will be me trying to find out what happened in that cave below the house on the cliff.

Author website: vanessastubbswriter.wordpress.com

Twitter @stubbsvs