Viva IV Highly Commended: Patrick Lenton, Boatjack

What do you do in your day job/life?

I am the Digital Marketing Executive for Momentum Books, the digital first imprint of Pan Macmillan. I spend my day advising our authors on the best way to use social media to promote themselves, as well as working on digital campaigns and strategies. I work with some fantastic authors and some really weird books, such as male/male time-travelling supersoldier erotica.

What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?

A poem about The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. I have no idea if it was any good, but I just remember being so blown away by the book that I obsessively wrote things about it.

When do you like to write?

Due to the fact I work a full-time, 9-5 job, I've had to get up early and write a little each day before work. Because of this, I've become accustomed to morning writing, and now find it vaguely difficult to write at night, even on the weekends.

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

Amy Poehler, because she's hilarious and inspirational and amazing. Although honestly, I don't actually want to meet any of my heroes, because I will undoubtedly ruin everything.

Most important thing the internet has taught you:

That I've been spelling Lorelai Gilmore incorrectly all my life. I thought it had two 'e's'.

A quotation you have used more than once:

My favourite quote is one that I THINK Kurt Vonnegut said, but I can never actually confirm. Anyway, it's about writing, and being friends with other writers, and about not being jealous of other people's success, and it goes roughly like: 'We're all in the same sinking ship, rowing furiously together'.

What’s next?

This year I am going to focus on having more time for my writing, although the exact nature of how I'm going to do that remains to be seen/is highly confidential. I am going to work on writing my first novel, which is called 'Million Dollar Dog' and is about an estranged family who come back together for the funeral of the family dog. I am also starting up my own business, a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultancy for authors, called Town Crier Consultancy.

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