Viva IV Highly Commended: Carol Chandler, Black Mountain

What do you do in your day job/life?Full-time writer. Previously I’ve worked in editing and administration and have done voluntary ESL and literacy tutoring. What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?

A novel called ‘Vera of the Underworld’ at age 10. I wrote a lot of short stories in year 6 too and had a wonderful teacher who was a mentor. I remember him saying ‘You could be a writer when you grow up’, so interesting how things have turned out.

When do you like to write?

Usually start writing after a swim in the morning, then write during the day, but often write at night too as I’m a night owl.

If you could brunch with anyone, who would it be?

Would love to go back in time and have brunch with my literary heroes, Virginia Woolf, Camus, Daphne Du Maurier, too many to mention, but as far as contemporary writers go, would love to have brunch with Siri Hustvedt.

Most important thing the internet has taught you:

I think all the important things I’ve learnt in life have been offline but the Internet has certainly helped with research.

A quotation you have used more than once:

'Anyone who thinks he’s perfect is either a fool or a liar'.  I’ve actually used it in my novella.

What’s next?

Have started doing some more short story writing but will probably go on to something longer later.

This opportunity has been made possible by the support of IPEd and the NSW Society of Editors.