We're half way through our profiles of the authors shortlisted for Viva La Novella 2, and what better way to celebrate than getting to know Anna Snoekstra!
What do you do in your day job/life?
I write for The Melbourne Review, which means I get to interview fascinating people about what they do. I also make short films and music videos for local bands. Apart from that I’m usually patting neighborhood cats or falling asleep with a book on my face.
What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?
I remember writing a diary entry of a young boy living in ancient times when I was about ten (I was reading the Rowan of Rin series at the time I think). I burnt the edges and dyed it in a cake tin of coffee. The diary entry was about a dream the boy had before he woke up to find his mother dead. Looking back it was pretty morbid for a ten year old.
When do you like to write?
I usually write between midday and four. Sometimes I try to start first thing in the morning, but quickly fall into a YouTube black hole.
If you could brunch with anyone, who would it be?
Gosh, that’s a hard one. I’d like to sit down with Joyce Carol Oates; I love her short stories or perhaps SE Hinton. The Outsiders is definitely my favourite novella.
Most important thing the Internet has taught you:
To delete your browser history when you are working on a novel. My Google searches are usually about sociopaths and body decomposition. I worry sometimes I’m on a list somewhere.
A quotation you have used more than once:
‘Find what you love and let it kill you.’ Charles Bukowski.
I’m halfway through writing a novel at the moment, which I love and hate everyday. It’s set in Canberra, where I grew up.