Author reveals facts about fiction

CHRIS Womersley always knew he wanted to write fiction.

He will be featuring in sessions at the Bellingen Readers’ and Writers’ Festival and said he has “passed through the beautiful place” before.

When his first draft novel “didn’t go anywhere”, he persisted.

With some further crafting, the manuscript became his debut novel, The Low Road. This month, his second book, Bereft, won the 2011 Indie Award for Best Novel and was long listed for the Miles Franklin Award.

In addition, he sold the film-rights to a NSW-based company.

“I thought I had something to say and a means to say it. If you are creatively inclined at what point do you accept that you won’t be published?

“Perseverance is an important part of being a writer because a novel takes a long time to perfect.”

Chris said his son Reuben was only one month old when The Low Road was published and it took him a while to get down to the bookstore.

“I was busy changing nappies so it took me a month to see it in the shops. When he was little I would write at 4am so I could fit it in but now that he’s nearly four it’s easier to find time,” he said. “I rent an office at Abbotsford Convent but do a lot of writing on the kitchen table.”

“I spend a lot of time with myself and my imaginary friends so I love writers’ festivals for the opportunity to meet other writers and passionate readers.”

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