Following the announcement of our Viva La Novella 2 Shortlist, we thought you might want to know a little bit more about these eight emerging talents. First up, meet Nicole Smith.
What do you do in your day job/life?
Live a life of quiet desperation.
What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?
I was first published when I was 12 years old in the Courier Mail for a science fiction short story called Just Another Day In Space. Since then I have realised that there are no days in space.
When do you like to write?
I like to write late at night into the early hours of the morning but never in the afternoon. Something about the angle of the sun at 3 o’clock turns me into an existentialist.
If you could brunch with anyone, who would it be?
Douglas Adams, Jonathan Swift and TS Eliot. If the guests had to be alive, then Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jennifer Saunders (and Joanna Lumley).
Most important thing the Internet has taught you:
That most people lead lives of quiet desperation.
A quotation you have used more than once:
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Henry David Thoreau
Later this year I’m off to a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland for a month to write the next story.
For more Nicole Smith, visit: http://nicolemariesmith.wordpress.com/