Get to know Julie Proudfoot. She was one of eight authors shortlisted for Viva La Novella 2. Go Julie!
What do you do in your day job/life?
I divide my time between keeper-of-the-peace in our blended family of a gazillion teenagers (I’m pretty sure that’s how many there are) and renovating houses with my husband, Wayne. In the past I’ve been a Bookseller, Dental Assistant and a Psychology student.
What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?
At about age 9 I read a book of Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. I was bursting with the idea that I gleaned from these stories that writing didn’t have to be confined to, ‘what did you do on your holidays?’ So I spent my lunchtimes and playtimes making my own dreamtime stories which included, How did the Orange get its little bags of juice, and How did the Pine Tree get its needles.
When do you like to write?
Every day between nine and twelve! Give or take a few minutes, or hours. (And when there is cooking to do).
If you could brunch with anyone, who would it be?
Oh! Are you paying? Can I have brunch with Doris Lessing and Elizabeth Jolley? We’ll chat a bit about stuff – I’ll let you know what they say. Sadly both have passed, so could you please send me to heaven brunch? And may we have as our waiter, John Self, the character from Money by Martin Amis? Could you sober him up slightly before you send him? Thank you.
Most important thing the Internet has taught you:
That without facial expressions and gesticulations the written word can easily be misunderstood, and, if you spend time wrangling the written word you can overcome this.
A quotation you have used more than once:
This is more a motto than a quote, but I’ve kept this Leunig poem with me now since I first saw it in The Age newspaper over twenty years ago. No, actually, that’s a lie, I stole it off my boss’s wall over twenty years ago. Sorry Annie.
Let it go,
Let it out,
Let it all unravel,
Let it free
And it will be
A path on which to travel.
I’m having a lot of fun working on a contemporary fiction novel about Antony (working name) who has a relationship problem, and tries to solve it by purchasing a humanoid to ‘practice’ his relationship problem on. That’s not going to end badly, is it?