I have the absolute pleasure of having debut novelist Anna Snoekstra here at #ETLBW-HQ with a guest post to tell us all about what gets her #bookhungover and I’m delighted to hand over …
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am a writer living in Melbourne, Australia. My debut novel Only Daughter come out yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited!
2. What gives you an actual hangover?
I’ll have to agree with Louise (author Louise Jensen) on this one and say red wine. It always makes me feel a little sick, even if I just have one glass. It’s really annoying because I love red wine the best!
3. What TV programme?
Stranger Things! I LOVED it!!! Those kids were so gorgeous and such fantastic actors. It feels so classic and so original at the same time. Cannot wait for the next season.
4. What film?
Prisoners (2013, Denis Villeneuve). I was late to the party on this one, but after I watched it at home on my laptop I was captivated. It’s about two girls that go missing and the moral ambiguity around the actions the community take to find them. The film is like a riddle, but you don’t even realise it until the end, when all the clues that you didn’t realise you were noticing come together.
I’ve read Aaron Guzikowski’s screenplay a few times and it’s great. I’d love to write something like this!
5. What song?
I love Joni Mitchell. My favourite song by her, which I must have listened to thousands of times, is Case Of You. For some reason I just love the line: ‘I’m a lonely painter, I live in a box of paints’.
6. What food?
Pasta! I love to eat it, cook it and make up my own recipes.
7. What person/people?
About a week ago, I interviewed an 89 year old woman about her experience of living in Melbourne in the early 1940s as research for a book I’m thinking of writing.
It was an incredible experience.
As she spoke about working at a bar that was frequented by the American soldiers that were stationed in Melbourne at the time she seemed to almost become that young, naïve fifteen year old girl again. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
8. Finally, which book?
As a crime writer, I feel like I should probably say something in that genre. To be honest, though, the best book I have read recently is a YA novel called I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.
It’s such a beautiful story, and the prose is entirely different from anything I’ve read before. The book felt like a nice soft blanket. I didn’t want it to end!
Thanks so much Emma!! xx
And thanks to you too Anna! It’s been great having you here and I’m looking forward to posting my review of Only Daughter on Sunday 25th September as part of your #blogtour! See you then lovely and thanks again!