Anne is a shocking overachiever. Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, she has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. And she writes fiction. Medea’s Curse, her first psychological thriller, will be released early-2015. In Medea’s Curse, Anne takes the gut-wrenching topic of mothers who kill and turns out a smart, provocative thriller that is way more fun to read than the premise suggests.
Andrew Nette is a Melbourne-based writer of hard-boiled crime fiction, a reviewer, film lover, pulp scholar and lover of all things noir. His first novel, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia, was published in 2012 by Snubnose Press. Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 – 1980, a non-fiction book he is jointly editing, will be published by Verse Chorus Press in late 2015. He is one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications, and reviews films and books for The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guardian Australia and Overland to name a few. He also happens to be my real-life partner.
Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia, Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid’s literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go. Ellie’s short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Her Every crime series for young adults commenced with Every Breath (2013), followed by Every Word (2014). The third book, Every Move, will be released in 2015.
Seeing as how I’ve already introduced Jayne Keeney PI, the main character in my three crime novels before, I thought I’d do something different and introduce the characters in my work in progress.
Meet My Character
1. What is the name of your character?
There are three main characters in my current work in progress: sisters Anna and Meg, both Australian, and Mukda, who is Thai.
2. Is she fictional or a historic person?
All characters are fictional, although I’ve drawn on extensive research, including personal blogs, for inspiration.
3. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in Melbourne, Bangkok, Sisaket and Phnom Penh so far. It opens in 2008 and continues into 2010.
4. What should we know about him/her?
Anna has returned to Melbourne after having lived and worked for more than a decade in Southeast Asia and is finding it hard to settle down. Meg has been married to Nate for more than ten years and has almost given up on her dream of having a baby when she learns about commercial surrogacy in Thailand. Mukda is a divorcee from Thailand’s northeast, who is struggling to provide for her extended family.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Anna wants to find a home, although she probably wouldn’t put it that way. She needs to find a way of bridging her life in Asia with her life in Australia. Meg wants a baby and is prepared to pay a woman in Thailand to gestate it for her, despite Anna’s disapproval. Mukda wants financial security for her extended family, including her mother and son, and also likes the idea of making merit by helping someone else to have a baby.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Titles often come last for me. The file for this one is called ‘The Surrogate novel’.
7. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
I am writing this novel as part of my PhD in Creative Writing. I have until mid-2017 to get it done, but I’d like to have it finished and with a publisher for consideration long before then. Wish me luck!