We both live in Australia but I end up interviewing Australian author Cameron Rogers half a world away from where we both live. We’re in Central Park, New York, where he is taking a break from working on his upcoming novel, Fateless.
He wrote the bulk of it in Melbourne where he lived for the last decade, but he’s doing the final edits while travelling around the world. He’s worked on the manuscript – which he calls, not entirely affectionately, “the brick” – in the States, on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, near an Icelandic glacier, in England, Germany and Graceland, all over Paris, while camping in the Dandenongs and in between checking out Muddy Waters’ shack and the Reichstag.
Sounds fun. So is writing all bumming around the world, scribbling a few words in exotic climes?
Also, Cath Isakson interviewed me for her site. Part one is up. We talked about getting published, networking, the right amount of research and travel writing.
How did you approach Lothian and Penguin Australia when you started out? Was there a particular method that’s worked for you?
I’m not someone who networks easily. The idea of schmoozing, of meeting new people with some selfish ulterior motive, squicks me out. Then I realized that ‘networking’ was just code for ‘having friends’. We help each other out, it’s all good, and when we’re not doing that – which is most of the time – we’re just doing what friends do.
The second part goes up on Friday.
Also, there’s still more travel posts to come on all the places and days I didn’t have time to chronicle: Lebowskifest, Clarksdale, Graceland, Graceland Too, Reykjavik and probably a chunk of Edinburgh. They’ll start appearing soon.