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Podcast 57. Interviews from the Brisbane Writers

During the Brisbane Writers Festival, I was on a panel called “Genre Ghetto” with Justine Larbalestier, and ended up in the green room with her and her husband Scott Westerfeld.

I have this problem where I sit with people and think, “I should ask if I can interview them for 10 minutes or less,” but I never work up the nerve. This time I grabbed my nerve and gave ti a good shake and they were both happy to talk into my laptop for a few minutes. We talked about what they enjoyed about the festival, and what books they are working on now – and both sound really holycrap amazing.

You’ll hear some thumping in the background, which is a baby dude named Rocco, who was crawling on the patio with us, blowing raspberries and banging on the table – he says hi.

Later, I grabbed that same nerve and asked Graeme Simsion if I could interview him briefly as well. His book The Rosie Project has been a huge success in Australia and will become available in the States in October. I’ve already heard from more than a few booksellers and publishing folks that  it’s wonderful, and I grabbed a copy in Australia to read on the plane home.

Then I met Anna Campbell for coffee, and we did a bonus mini-interview about a new project she’s working on, a piece of which she read at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival closing ceremony, Glitter and Dust.

Thanks to Justine and Scott and Graeme and Anna for sitting down with me to chat for a bit. You can find Justine on Twitter and on her website, and you can find Scott on Twitter and his website as well. Graeme Simsion has a website, too. And of course Anna Campbell has her website, and is on Twitter as well.

I hope you enjoy these brief interviews!

Here are some of the books and topics we discussed during the interviews:


Book  Justine Labalestier - Team Human Book Scott  Westerfeld - Leviathan

Book Marjorie Liu - X23 comics Book Graeme  Simsion - The Rosie Project


Scott Westerfeld mentioned Burger Force, a
webcomic, and here is a picture of Justine’s boots.


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The music this week was provided by Sassy Outwater, and the track is called Pro Terezku (Reels) by Dún an Doras. You can find them on MySpace and at iTunes.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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