Author: Ellie Marney (Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads)
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Searching for Women Who Drink Whiskey – by Miranda Kennedy
It’s a non-fiction book about a foreign journalist living in India, and the women she encountered while living there. It’s research for the new book I’m writing, which features an Anglo-Punjabi girl as one of the leads. I’m trying to get as much info about Indian women’s lives – especially the expectations and roles placed on them – for this book as I can! Women Who Drink Whiskey is written from an outsider’s perspective, but it still has many snippets of usefulness.
Non-fiction is certainly not my usual category. I dabble in non-fiction, but the vast bulk of my reading is from YA, and I often dip into adult fiction. My last adult fiction book was The Ash Burner by Kari Gislason, and I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin in YA.
Do you have a favourite genre? What do you enjoy most about it?
YA is most definitely my fave category, but as far as genre goes, I’m a bit mixed – I prefer spec fic or crime, but I’m always happy to check out good contemporary, and if there’s a dash of romance in there I won’t complain. I’ve been reading science fiction and speculative fiction since I was a kid. I think good sf and specific, like all good literature, examines what it means to be human. And for me, crime is about ethics – what is good and evil? What makes people make the choices that they do? I find those questions, addressed in an oblique way with great characterisation and plotting, really fascinating.
Do you have a book you like to re-read? If yes, which book?
Dozens of books could go on my re-read pile! I sometimes go back to the Harry Potter books, for a comfort read. I also pick up the Tomorrow series by John Marsden, and The Curseworkers series by Holly Black, or anything by Melina Marchetta, to see how the real pros do it. I often re-read Stephen King’s and Helen Garner’s stories. The book I keep returning to, though, is The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris – that’s a hugely underrated and beautifully written book, even if the subject matter is kind of gross.
Where do you read most often? Why?
I love to lie on the couch with a cup of tea and read – if I could do that all day I’d be in heaven.
Do you have a favourite book from your childhood?
I love The Outsiders by Susie Hinton. That book makes me feel like I’m thirteen again. I also have fond memories of reading the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov (I got that one from my dad), and the crime classics by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. One series I’ve brought with me through the years is The Belgariad by David Eddings (I’m still wondering if someone will make Pawn of Prophecy into a movie one day).
How do you choose which book to read next – Cover? Blurb? Recommendation from a friend? Reviews?
Mainly recs from friends or online – nothing beats word of mouth. But I’ll also take notice of an interesting premise in the blurb, or a great cover.
You can put one book you have written and one book by another author into a time capsule that will be opened in 100 years. Which books would you choose and why?
I guess I’d put in Every Breath, my first novel – it has a lot of meaning for me. And a book by someone else… Oh that’s hard! How about a feminist classic? The Wanderground by Sally M Gearhart. I love that book, and I’d like to know how women are faring 100 years from now…
Can you share little bit about your current or latest writing project?
Sure! I just released the final book in the Every series, Every Move, and it felt great to finish the series. I felt like I lived through Rachel Watts and James Mycroft growing up, and although writing the final book was hard, and a bit heartbreaking, it was satisfying to end their story.
Since late last year, when I knew the series was wrapping up, I’ve been working on a new YA book, tentatively titled No Limits, set in the Mallee area, featuring a secondary character I cribbed from the Every series, Harris Derwent. Harris is a great character – I had to work really hard to make sure he didn’t scene-steal too much in Every Move, because he has such a strong personality! – and in this new book I could let him off the leash. I also had to write a gutsy new female character who could match him, so Amita Blunt was born… Right now I’m deep in the thick of drug rings and undercover police work in Mildura, with a hefty dose of romance – like I said, I don’t mind a bit of romance.
Ellie Marney is an Australian author of YA Fiction. Books in her Every series published by Allen & Unwin – Every Breath, Every Word and Every Move – have received enthusiastic reviews from readers. You can find out more about Ellie at her website and you can chat with her on Twitter (@elliemarney) and Instagram (@elliemarney).by