What do you do in your day job/life?
I am a high school English / Legal Studies teacher currently living and working in a small mining town in Central Queensland.
What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?
A story inspired by a dead bat that I saw hanging from a telephone wire on the walk to preschool. The story was focused on the bat’s life and adventures before he ended up electrocuted, so it wasn’t morbid at all.
When do you like to write?
On the school holidays.
What’s the most important thing the internet has taught you?
Essential cooking skills, mostly. I once watched a really good video that taught me how to julienne a carrot.
I’ve started a spec fic story set in a sanatorium for persons with a strange and incurable illness that I’d like to finish off. After that, I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at a YA novel. The novel as a form has always scared me but I think I might be ready.
Maree Spratt is a writer and high school teacher. Originally from Brisbane, she now lives and works in Central Queensland, where she has developed an appreciation for red dirt countered by an abhorrence of coal dust.
Meet the winners of Viva la Novella VI
Read an excerpt from shortlisted writer, Linda Taimre’s The Fading.
Read an excerpt from Viva la Novella VI shortlisted writer, Hasti Abbasi.
Read an excerpt from shortlisted writer, Naomi Barton’s, Liar’s Candle.
Meet Linda Taimre, shortlistee for Viva la Novella VI.
Meet Viva la Novella shortlistee Anna Jackson.
Meet Viva la Novella shortlistee, Avi Duckor-Jones
Meet Viva la Novella VI shortlistee Naomi Barton.
Meet Hasti Abbasi, Viva la Novella VI shortlistee.
In the darkness before dawn the village men row out in their boats that are shaped like the half-pods from the criollo tree, and in the heat of the day the women scale, clean and smoke the fish the men bring home . . .