Monica McInerney returns to Australia with her latest book, At Home With The Templetons, set in Victoria’s goldfields. In conversation with Toni Jordan, McInerney explains how she came to write about family, and delves deep into her writing process. She reveals a tireless work ethic with respect to character development and backstory.
She also shares her editing process and the beginnings of her writing career, which ironically took place after she extracted herself from the publishing industry.
Australian-born Monica McInerney is the author of the bestselling novels Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters, Spin the Bottle, Upside Down Inside Out and A Taste for It.
Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international bestseller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award, and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. Toni’s latest book is the literary mystery The Fragments. She lives in Melbourne.