An Interview with Author Jes Layton!

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A new YA author? Yes, please!!

Okay, so this is probably the best post ever on my blog! I’m not just saying that. I interviewed one of my favourite people in the writing industry who also happens to be a friend of mine and if you haven’t heard her speak about writing you really must!

Jes Layton is a freelance artist and writer and now a published author in a new release anthology titled Underdog edited by Tobias M. She has involved herself in the Australian writing industry for years and works for two Victorian bodies of writing: Melbourne City of Literature and Express Media. You can find her on the socials @ageekwithahat on twitter and Instagram and if you find her on Ao3 keep it hush hush 😉

Jes has a very informative and almost philosophical view on writing and storytelling. She is very dedicated to writing queer characters and crafting stories so that the plot isn’t around the character’s gender/ sexuality but something more. She likes to show that queer characters face the same problems that everyone else does. That’s the beauty of her short story; Chemical Expression.

About her story:

Chemical Expression is a short story Jes wrote especially for the Underdog anthology. During a reading of her story at a First Chapters event on Friday, Jes divulged that when the callouts were announced she had absolutely no clue what to write about. It took her four months before she actually had an idea. Coming from a small town, she used the prompt given for the story; something along the lines of “write about your Australia”, and drew on her own high school experience, adding drugs and changing the protagonist to be unlike her.

Interview Questions:

Did you have a plan to continue the story of Chemical Expression?

Chemical Expression came to me very much as a snapshot into Autumn’s life, and though I don’t have any immediate plans to continue on from Chemical Expression right now, the fact that people have been telling me they’d be interested in reading more of Autumn and Sheridan is really heartening.

 

Will we ever get to know what happens after the events of Chemical Expression?

I mean, you can always ask what I think? But I come from the school of killing authors. i.e fanfiction, meaning I love it when authors leave space for me, as a reader to continue on the story or fill in the gaps myself. That’s something I like to emulate in my own work. As a writer, I look up to John Green—who spoke about this drive readers have for authors to continue on a story while the authors themselves don’t necessarily know what that continuation would be—in a Lindsay Ellis video [link: https://youtu.be/MGn9x4-Y_7A ], I highly recommend it for any writers to watch.

 

What advice can you give to other writers for writing non-binary/ gender queer characters?

If you are not non-binary, trans, gender queer or gender diverse yourself, take the time to invest in a sensitivity reader, and work with the gender diverse people in your life (if they are willing!). There are nuances to being gender diverse that aren’t readily known outside of that experience. Similarly, there are pitfalls that cis and binary people often make when trying to portray gender diverse characters, sensitivity readers can help limit those proverbial LEGO blocks from getting stepped on by unsuspecting queer readers.

 

Does the multiple uses of “they” cause you any confusion while writing? Alternatively, what hurdles did you yourself face writing a gender queer character?

They pronouns have never been a real issue for me, I’ve written and will continue to write characters with a whole slew of different pronouns. The only issue I’ve really had when it comes to pronouns is when two or more people in a scene use the same pronoun since I write in third person limited! Although I guess this is more of a prescriptivist error rather than grammar issue, and a problem with the structure of my writing itself and not anyone’s pronouns. These things tend to get sorted out in edits/rewriting. Being gender fluid myself and embedded in gender queer communities and discourse, I didn’t really face any issues with writing my queer babies, and more so have faced issues (not with Chemical Expression/Underdog) with readers and in workshopping/editing settings. Some people just find pronouns outside of she/her and he/him confusing, and think it’s fine to take it out on the author.

 

When did you start writing, and when did you begin to take it seriously?

I’ve always been a writer, a storyteller, but I didn’t start writing fiction seriously until I was 11, where I forced my best friend to spend our lunchtimes workshopping my many ‘debuts’, and dedicated myself to writing fanfiction online. I didn’t see it as a viable career until Year 12 when I got a series of scholarships which allowed me to move to Melbourne and begin studying Creative Writing at RMIT. Tertiary study isn’t the path of every writer but it made ALL of the difference to my craft, accessibility and confidence.

 

Any writing lessons, you have learnt throughout your career (journey?) that you think all aspiring writers should know/ be aware of?

Shivaun Plozza [ author of Frankie and Tin Heart] gave me some great advice to own the label of a writer. Regardless of whether you have nothing published, publish things yourself or only have one small haiku in your school newsletter, if you write, you are a writer. That frank advice helped me pick up my game and beat down some imposter syndrome demons. Sue Lawson (Allie McGregor’s True Colours, Dragon’s Tear), also, one of the first people to ever read my work, gave 12 year-old-me the advice to just finish things. Finishing a project, I think is the hardest thing for a lot of writers to do, but it is the most important (and most addictive) thing. Once you finish the first draft, that is where the real writing starts.

 

Are you currently working on something, be it a novel or short story, and can you tell us anything about it?

I’m always working on things! I have my YA spec fic novel, which I can promise is as queer and delightfully Australiana as a thing can be. I have the first draft on an older YA novel completed that is the story of five nerds at a convention (five different POVs), and I also have a younger illustrated fantasy middle grade mapped out! You can find some of those sketches on my Instagram (shameless plug: https://www.instagram.com/ageekwithahat/ ). I’m always working on fanfic too!

 

 

Can you tell me any behind the scenes or secret insights that you haven’t told anyone, relating to your story Chemical Expression?

The people who know me well will know that there’s a lot of recognisable real-life nuances and influences in Chemical Expression. The high school and town are based on my own, my cousin’s name is Sheridan, my sister’s middle name is Rhiannon. I myself like Autumn did a lot of VCE unit’s in Year Ten (the rules are a little blurred in rural schools), and I love science. My Dad has also had a lot of health issues throughout my life and did duct tape a friend to the traffic lights in our home town for Year Twelve Muck Up Day while in school. I’m not going to say Chemical Expression has been a form of therapy for me, but…at the end of the day, they do say it’s best to write what you know.

 

Where can you find Jes’ writing?

You can find Jes’ story Chemical Expression in the anthology titled Underdog, sold at all good book retailers. You can also find more works at this link https://t.co/iTfDwqvXrx and on her socials as she mentioned above!

You can read about the Underdog launch here, and I will have a review for Underdog up (hopefully) on Monday.

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Underdog Book Launch! The Most Down To Earth Book Event <3

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The Most Down-To-Earth Book Event Ever!

On Friday the 15th of March I attended the book launch for Underdog, a #LoveOzYA anthology of short stories based on what it is like to be an Australian. The novel is named after the new publishing company of the same name, started by the book’s editor Tobias Madden.

The event was held at Dymocks books on Collins St. in Melbourne’s CBD. It is the biggest Dymocks – and probably the biggest book store – in the city and maybe even the state!

Warning: Photos may be blurry because I was shaking a lot more that day and I was taking photos on my phone.

What is Underdog?

Edited by Tobias Madden (@tobias_madden), Underdog is a celebration of the once humble hashtag, turned global phenomenon #LoveOzYa! The anthology is a collection of diverse short stories of our wonderful nation’s ever-changing diverse and beautifully inclusive culture. The stories are sometimes political, very queer and overall, a giant love letter to Australia.

You can read more about the novel on the Underdog website!

The Launch!

Sarah from @TheYARoom lead the interview for the launch, with Shaun on camera and Bianca on social media duty. Sarah asked questions to each of the seven authors and did an amazing job with name pronunciation for that is always the hardest part, as all booktubers and bookaholics alike will understand.

My favourite part was when Tobias spoke about how Underdog started. How it exploded from a dream and just a sh*t ton about of effort and determination. He has people who have stuck by him throughout the whole journey and… well please watch the video 🙂

Melbourne Authors:

Photo from: Jes’ Instagram: @ageekwithahat

(left to right) Michael Earp, Jes Layton, Tobias Madden, KM Stamer-Squair, Cassi Dorian, Sophie L. Macdonald.

All Other Authors: Sofia Casanova, Stacy Malacari, Felicity Martin, Kaneana may, Sarah Taviani, Vivian Wei.

Favourite Part!

Jes Layton is known as @ageekwithahat on all social media and is someone who I have interacted with at many bookish events and is just wonderful to talk to. She was having her own copy of underdog signed by people who asked for her signature. I think this is the coolest thing ever!

The whole event was just so humbling. It was plainly obvious that these authors couldn’t even believe it themselves that they could now see their writing on shelves, let alone in the biggest Dymocks in the city! Everyone was just so down to earth and genuinely excited and awestruck that everyone had come out to see them and celebrate their little stories in such a big way!

I’m so proud of every single one of them and all the other authors who I haven’t had the chance to meet, and to Tobias who made everything from a single crazy thought. Amazing!

Look Out For My Author Interview with Jes Layton on my blog!

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Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sarah Barnard | Spoiler Free Book Review

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New Year, Same Books, New TBR!

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Pan Macmillan Australia and #OzYABloggers as a review copy for a blog tour.

 

I’m back! This isn’t part of our usual scheduled programming but I promised to deliver you a review for Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard today. This book made me laugh, cry, and contemplate life in different ways.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning companion novel to Sara Barnard's YA bestseller Beautiful Broken Things. It is about leaving the past behind, the friends who form your future, and learning to find love, in all its forms.

Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She's back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they're about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you're the one left behind?

Piggy-backing off of yesterday’s post where shared with you an interview I had with Sara Barnard, the author of the novel I will be reviewing today. I was lucky enough to receive this novel from Pan Macmillan Australia as a part of a blog tour for the release of the novel which came out today!

You can find more about the blog tour via this link on the Pan Macmillan Australia website.

THE REVIEW!

I’d give this book every star in the world if I could. The raw emotion packed into this novel hit my heart in a place that mad it feel things that deep down I didn’t want to and open up old wounds that I wanted to stay closed but it also healed everything in the process. Sara Barnard knows how to write a knockout, crying in bed at midnight novel that both tears the reader apart and puts them back together again while teaching them something valuable about love, life and relationships of both the toxic and precious kind.

A small PSA here about Suzanne the protagonist and how she speaks of herself. If you don’t know what you’re going into when you start this book, I will warn you that her self talk is negative and may be relatable to some readers. I found that I related to some ways in which she spoke about herself and found it very confronting in the fact that it was such a raw and real way, that I never knew it was possible for someone to put those words that are spoken in one’s mind on to paper for another to read. It wasn’t all in her words but in her actions. As someone who is stuck in their own head, you become so self-absorbed with your own self-hate and false reality that it becomes truth and it’s not until someone forcefully expresses their concern things begin to change. Slowly; and not without many many relapses and mistakes. I love how in the end, Suzie learnt ways in which to get out of her own head and better herself.

I loved being able to see all sides of the friendship (even if it was all in Suzie’s point-of-view) it worked especially well since it was so realistic. Suzie’s friends had stood by her through everything, even those times when she ignored them entirely. The fallouts and recovery of the friendship created so much tension and was enjoyable to read, as opposed to being boring and one-sided like other books I’ve read. The friends weren’t cut from Suzie’s story and this conflict actually helped her grow and be ready for when things did fall back in to place.

Her character development happened through an unexpected friendship by allowing her to be selfless and caring for someone other than herself. This gave her purpose and taught her to care for herself by caring for another. She grew and learnt over the course of the novel yet she had relapsed into bad habits but this only made her stronger and more determined to make a conscious effort to better herself. At times, if she wasn’t holding on for herself, she did it for others. For love, family, and friends that love her and she came to accept and understand their love. I love the moral of learning through relapsing because recovery isn’t always going to be easy.

Finding an unlikely friend took her to unexpected places and allowed her to meet new people, put herself into unexpected situations which in turn lead her to find her purpose in life. This ended the novel on the happiest note. Nothing cheesy, she didn’t magically get better or not relapse ever again. No, she is imperfect but working towards getting better and that’s what makes her perfect.

FYI I cried so so much and that just made me love he novel even more!

★ RATING! ★

I rate this novel a massive 5/5 stars ★★★★★! I want to read the first book in the series Beautiful Broken Things and I hope it breaks my heart as much as this one did!

THE INTERVIEW!

You can read my interview with the author Sara Barnard by clicking on the image below or on this link!

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Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sarah Barnard | Author Interview

Heyo Bookaholics!

New Year, Same Books, New TBR!

Before I begin, I’d like to extend a huge huge thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia and #AusYABloggers for the opportunity to partake in this wonderful book tour. Today is the first day if the blog tour for Fierce Fragile Hearts, a novel by Sara Barnard to be published on the 12th of February 2019. This novel is the sequel to Beautiful Broken Things but can be read alone, much like I did.

You can find more about the blog tour via this link on the Pan Macmillan Australia website.

I loved this novel! Being part of this blog tour, I was given the opportunity to interview Sara Barnard which I was so happy about. The best part is that I hadn’t read the novel before I sent out the interview questions so you may notice that they are not specific to the novel, thus NO SPOILERS!!!

There will also be a NO-SPOILER REVIEW to be posted tomorrow as I have been promising you all for the past month. So please keep your eyes out for that. Notifications will be on my social medias @thebookishbree on Twitter & Instagram.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning companion novel to Sara Barnard's YA bestseller Beautiful Broken Things. It is about leaving the past behind, the friends who form your future, and learning to find love, in all its forms.

Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She's back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they're about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you're the one left behind?

THE INTERVIEW!

1. Does your writing come from experience?  If so is there anything anecdotal that you can share that has influenced your writing? 

I think all writing comes from experience in some way, but I tend to take my influence from emotions rather than anything else. So, for example, everyone has experienced loneliness at some point, including me, and I would then think about Suzanne’s experience of loneliness in the context of her life; how would it change, how would that affect other emotions and choices she makes? And so on.

 

2. Fierce Fragile Hearts is about fresh starts, what advice would you give to other 18-year-olds wanting to move out of home? 

That’s a tricky one because Suzanne isn’t choosing to move out of home – it’s a consequence of the life she’s had. So she’s trying to make the best of it but it doesn’t come with the usual exciting bits like furnishing your own place for the first time that other people usually experience when they move out for the first time. So for people moving out generally, I’d say, think about the boring stuff! Make sure you know how to budget. Think about what your support network is, and if you don’t have one, build one. It can be very lonely living on your own. And expensive.

 

3. I haven’t read Beautiful Broken Things as I was informed that Fierce Fragile Hearts can be read as a stand-alone. Did you intend for it to be this way, and what challenges did you face while writing this (if any)? 

Yes, my hope was that FFH could be read as a standalone, even though it’s a companion to BBT. The biggest challenge was knowing how much backstory to include from BBT – I never wanted to bore a reader who’d read BBT, but I didn’t want new readers to be in the dark, either. That was tough sometimes!

 

4. Do you plan your stories out fully before you write them or do you have another method of writing that you find works better?  

I have to plan them to some extent because I have to run it by my agent and editor before I start writing. So I need to give them a full synopsis saying what the book is about and what will happen right through until the end. I’ve got a lot of freedom to change as I go – and I usually do – but I do have to start with a basic idea of the book from start to finish.

 

5. What advice would you give to young writers such as myself with dreams of having a published novel?  

Read as much as you can, whenever you can. Write for the joy of it, and don’t get too bogged down in thinking about getting published. A book that you enjoyed writing is going to shine a lot brighter than one you didn’t.

 

6. Is there a fun fact about Fierce Fragile Hearts that you’d like to share? Something behind the scenes that readers may not know? 

There are a few Easter eggs in this book for my family. My nan’s maiden name (Gwillim), my grandmother’s maiden name (Ogley) and a secret message in Welsh. I also lifted a few of the university anecdotes directly from my own experience… I won’t say which ones, though 😉

 

I want to once again extend a thank you, this time to Sara Barnard to being so wonderful and answering all of my questions. To me now that I have read the book, the answers make so much more sense in relation to the story; but I hope that even if you haven’t read the book that you gained something from this.

  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sara lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the “on” switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of secondhand book shops at a young age.

Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach 13 with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India.

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New Author I Found In 2018!

Heyo Bookaholics!

2018 Was A Brilliant Reading Year!

This post is for Day 24 of #FinnFuryRevolution.

I haven’t given enough credit to myself about my reading habits of 2018. I read novels from a lot of new authors, including the two I am going to talk about in this post. I have mentioned previously that Bloomsbury kindly sends me proof copies of new release novels in advance which has helped me widen my reading range and discover books I would otherwise never pick up; as well as find new authors.

Because I couldn’t choose just one author out of the many new ones that I have discovered last year, I chose two. Both stand out in my eyes for vastly different reasons. The first is one I fell in love with through her words, and the other is one that took me two books before I realised that maybe it was the characters in the first book that kind of let me down the initially.

Lygia Day Peñaflor – @lygiaday

According to Goodreads Lygia Day Peñaflor has written two novels: Unscripted Joss Byrd published 2016, and All of This Is True published in 2018.

A biography on her website describes her as a woman who became “a writer by writing letters to a friend she met on a cruise ship when she was 14. [She] also teaches child stars on television and movie sets. Her students have included cast members of Gossip Girl, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order SVU, I Am Legend and others. She lives with her husband on Long Island where she rides horses and watches reruns of everything.”

I loved her writing. It had a mystery drama vibe but nothing too cheesy. What made it was the alternations in the formatting, as it was the story was comprised of interview transcripts, narratives, snippets of a novel written by one of the characters (bookception), emails, journal, entries, and just about everything a journalist would desire when comprising a complex, juicy news story. You can read my review here.

A. C. Gaughen – @acgaughen

As discovered from her website, the A. C. in her name stands for ‘Anne Catherine’. I also discovered an insanely long bio, which could’ve been condensed into a really cool ‘draw-my-life’ and ended with a cute photo of her dog! Head over to www.acgaughen.com to see the photos and read the bio.

A shorter version of who she is can be found on her Goodreads profile. She states that “[she is] shamelessly addicted to staying up far too late…, diet coke.., Scotland… and thieves… ” Which if you ask me, really translates into her works. Her novels include three books from the Scarlet Series and so far, two from the Elementae Series.

You may’ve heard me talking about A. C. Gaughen on my various social media (mostly Instagram and Twitter) as I am currently reading a second book by her. I chose her as a second author because 1. I had never heard of her, and 2. it wasn’t until I had started reading the second book in the Elementae series; Imprison The Sky (review up in Feb), that I realised how deep her protagonists were. I guess it just takes a second chance to see the true potential of an author. You can read my review for her first book, Reign The Earth here.

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Tin Heart Book Launch!!!

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Last night I attended the book launch for Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza. The event was located at Dymocks in Melbourne’s City, and hosted by Allen & Unwin and Inside a Dog – who are responsible for The Inky Awards of which the longlists have already been released.

It was such an amazing night! There was lots of laughter, chatter, and socialisation especially on my part.

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Melanie Schubert Author Interview

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Before I start I would love to thank Melanie for being so wonderful as to answer some questions for me about her first novel Gregory and The Grimbockle. Melanie has been so open, and I feel like I have learnt more about her as not just an author but as a person and what she has been through to get to where she is today (and you will to by reading this Q&A).

I posted a review of Gregory and the Grimbockle, and can be accessed here, if you would like to read it before reading this Q&A.

I would also like to point out that this Q&A is spoiler free, though I would recommend everyone go read Melanie’s first ever novel! It can be purchased at The Book Depository or in-store.

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Gregory & The Grimbockle By Melanie Schubert | Review

I received the book direct from the Author in return for an honest review. This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own, and passages from the book referenced will be quoted. Massive thanks to the Author Melanie Schubert for this opportunity.

Heyo Bookaholics!

It seems like it’s been forever since my last book review with all the wrap-up, haul, TBR and New Years posts that have been consuming my blog; although I really loved to share all of that with you guys, I’m glad to be reviewing again!

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Goodreads Summary:

Ten-year-old Gregory is about to find out that the enormous mole stuck straight beneath his nose is not just a mole, but is actually a humpy crumpy portal of skin that hides a creature called the Grimbockle.

What’s more? The Grimbockle is just one of the many strange little creatures called Bockles tending to the mysterious threads that connect all humans from one to the other. It is a very important job and one that has long been carried out with incredible secrecy…

…that is, before tonight.

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Initiate by Laura L. Fox | Spoiler-Free ARC Review

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I have another review! Initiate is the second ARC I have read, received and reviewed on this blog. I was asked to review this book by the wonderful team at OfTomes Publishing Company and I would never have been able to read this book if the amazing Laura. L. Fox hadn’t written it, so I must thank her also.

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent this book in ebook format from OfTomes in exchange for an honest review. This book is to be released on November 15th 2016 and is the first book in a series.

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Goodreads Review

The only home Riga Garrison has ever known is the Tunnel, a subterranean research facility buried deep beneath Antarctica’s ice and snow.

Yet, while a safe haven for the last outpost of humanity governed by the Initiate, it is also home to a secret so dark that they will risk anything to protect it.

Surrounded by deceit and faced with exile to a frozen wasteland, Riga must defy not only the Initiate’s top biologists and loyalists but also her own mother, in an attempt to unearth the truth.

Buy The Book!                                        ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

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