Meet the Editors: Marisa Wikramanyake

For the first in of our meet the editors profiles, we'd like to introduce you to Marisa Wikramanayake who is currently residing in WA and whose tastes seem quite diverse.  


What are you literary pets? I have the obligatory cat. Her name is Trouble. No one lets me name any cat Maupassant, unfortunately. Is that what you mean? Otherwise the books that I pat, and feed and call George even momentarily include the Complete Works of Lewis Carroll, Dorothy Parker's poetry, J K Jerome's Three Men In A Boat, Hitori Nakano's Train Man, Keri Hulme's Bone People and Spike Milligan's War Diaries to name a few.

What are your favourite novellas? *cue frantic examination of the bookshelves* I don't tend to think of books in terms of novellas and novels – I read anything that looks interesting that I come across and fundamentally it has to be a good story. That being said, books I liked that I never really realised were novellas include George Orwell's Animal Farm and Kafka's The Metamorphosis. I was also given George Elliott's Silas Marner to read but six chapters in of gorse and heath and I was never ever going to pick it up again. But I have also read Theena Kumaragurunathan's manuscript First Utterance and I cannot wait for that to be published in novella form.

Why do you get up in the morning? What is this morning that thou dost speak of? I wake up in the morning because I have fallen out of bed due to a very interesting dream. Or because my cat Trouble is sitting on my chest demanding breakfast. Or because there is the promise of a full English breakfast for me in the offing. I live/love to eat. Or because I promised someone I would wake up at dawn to go on an archaeological dig/write/fish/something cool that requires early mornings.

What else are you involved in?

I interview authors, review books and discuss non-fiction, short stories and poetry for the Australian Women Writers project. I just finished a Master of Communications degree so I freelance as a journalist and editor while I finish writing my current novel Sedition. Occasionally, people ask me questions on Twitter or give me prompts on Tumblr and I oblige. I am usually involved in something to do with editing or publishing or writing or media. I organised a national conference in 2013 and right now I am on the committee for the WA branch of the journalists' union.

Anything else you’d like to mention?

Did I say that I live/love to eat? Bribes involving chocolate (plain milk, no fruits, no nuts, truffles acceptable) and Coca-cola (original, no diet, no funny flavours) are heartily welcomed even if they are unlikely to be effective in getting me to do anything bar snuggling under the covers with a book. ;)

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