I’m reading Melina Marchetta’s latest release, THE PIPER’S SON, out March 1, which is a follow-on from SAVING FRANCESCA. It’s set in my ‘hood, so I’m having fun spotting my favourite hang-outs. Mind you, life for Tom, the main character, is most definitely not fun, but I’m hoping things swing his way soon.
Melina and Penguin Books Australia put together this interesting mini-doco about Melina’s writing process and THE PIPER’S SON:
Isn’t Melina a sweetheart? Very modest about her success too. I especially love what Melina has to say about the need to finish her first book, ’cause I can so relate to this. I grew up wanting to be a novelist, but it wasn’t until six years ago that I finally completed my first book. It had a beginning, a middle, an end. The only thing it was missing was a cracking good story! But it was done and I learnt a lot from the process. Up till that point, I felt like a fraud; I couldn’t call myself a “real” writer. I wanted that label badly and that desire spurred me on to the finish line.
If you’re a writer, have you marched to The End of your first novel yet? How did you get there? For non-writers out there, do you have a project that you’re determined to finish no matter what?