What do you do in your day job/life?
I have a contract with Legend Press (UK) to write a second novel that is set in 19th century London featuring Eurasian characters. I also tutor/lecture in literary studies and creative writing at QUT.
What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?
My father has kept a book I made when I was around 9 years old. It’s called ‘The Invisible Pianist’. At the time, I was an avid Nancy Drew reader and was learning how to play the piano.
When do you like to write?
My routine begins in the morning after my children go to school. I have an office at home in which I also did my postgraduate work. I write for several hours, then maybe do a little research/reading. I try to write something each day, including the weekends.
What’s the most important thing the internet has taught you?
I have learnt that, usually, the internet is a great place for quick research that can lead to a deeper investigation or even a new path of enquiry. Also, as a writer, I love that I can learn how someone might have picked a lock in the 19th century or how a skater might perform a kickflip.
My next novel, which is in the planning stages, tells the story of Australian women and Chinese migrant gold diggers during the Australian gold rush period. It will be set in either the Melbourne area or in Queensland, and I am looking forward to the further research this entails.
Mirandi Riwoe is a Brisbane-based writer. She has been shortlisted for Overland’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary. She has also been longlisted for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and CWA (UK) dagger awards. Her work has appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories. Her first novel, She be Damned, will be released by Legend Press (UK) in 2017. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (QUT).
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 . . .
Acker looks into the night sky above the silhouettes of the Rocks. The constellation of the Two Mothers, ringed by their campfires, floats above her like an enormous skeletal kite sailing on a vast and unfelt wind . . .
Discover the winners of Viva la Novella V...
And the shortlisted writers are...
Meet Maree Spratt, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for One Thousand Marbles.
Mirandi Riwoe, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for The Fish Girl.
Luke Horton, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for The Peacock.
Stephen Wright, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for A Second Life.
Today we welcome to the Viva team....