Sarah Crossan is the award-winning author of One, Breathe, Resist, The Weight of Water, Apple and Rain and, most recently, We Come Apart. What makes Sarah's work so intriguing to me is that some of her books are written in verse. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah about her writing process.
— Catriona Feeney, YA Ambassador
Catriona Feeney: Has writing always been a part of your life? When did you realise that you wanted to become an author?
Sarah Crossan: I have always written but never really thought seriously about trying to get published until I completed a Masters in writing. I finally became a published writer as most do — by slogging away in secret for years and years until eventually I wrote something worth sharing.
What is the worst writing advice you've heard?
The talent myth bothers me. I believe nothing is a substitute for hard work and perseverance.
If you could have any career aside from writing, what would it be?
Race car driver!
What is the weirdest thing you've had to research for a book?
One of my novels is about conjoined twins so that research brought up very strange and beautiful and interesting areas for study.
Which of your novels has been the most fun to write?
We Come Apart which was co-authored with Brian Conaghan. The experience of sharing your work and having immediate feedback was wonderful!
'I believe nothing is a substitute for hard work and perseverance.'
Do you have any unfinished stories stowed away that you might try to revive one day?
Yes, of course! What writer doesn’t?
What story would you NEVER try to revive?
I’m not sure I would write a third book for the Breathe series despite readers asking for it. That story is over in my mind.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment? Is there anything you can tell us about them?
I’ve finished a novel called Moonrise about a boy whose brother is on death row. It’s another verse novel and I’m excited to hear what readers think when it comes out later this year!
And now for a lightning round of this or that writing questions!
Plot or pants?
Edit as you go or fly through the draft?
Edit as I go.
Day or night?
Public or private space?
Silence or music?
Handwritten or typed?
Handwritten for verse, typed for prose.
Both Sarah Crossan and Catriona Feeney will be appearing at All Day YA at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. For more information and tickets, click here.