Fair Dinkum Baker’s Dozen #1: Felicity Young

In the first instance of what we plan to make a regular feature here at Fair Dinkum Crime, Western Australian writer Felicity Young has agreed to respond to our version of an author interview. We’ve approached the author interview a little differently, trying to offer the authors (who we thought must get asked a few standard questions fairly frequently) the opportunity to share some of their lesser known secrets. Or not, it’s entirely up to them. We provide the authors with 13 beginnings and, like the creative geniuses they are, they turn them into sentences (or paragraphs, or full blown essays should the urge arise).

And so to Felicity’s responses…

I often wonder…What it would be like to be a man.
Friends would describe me as… The best Johnny Cash impersonator in the district.
I will never…travel without my tweezers again.
My greatest fear is…Growing a beard.
My worst job was…Sewing up the eyes of a corpse.
I¹m in dire need of…A new body
My childhood was…Different
I wish I had…Learnt my tables
I wish I hadn¹t…Sold my engagement ring to buy a horse
The thing I hate most about being a writer is…The sore back from sitting.
The last book I read was…The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths.
The next book I’ll write is…The third in my new historical mystery series.
Being an Australian author means… Destitution
Thanks to Felicity for agreeing to play along with our new feature. I love her short but intriguing sentences; on reflection it seems only natural for a crime writer to incorporate an air of mystery into her responses. Am I the only one trying to picture what dire emergency a pair of tweezers might have averted? Perhaps it’s something to do with Felicity’s greatest fear. What I want to know immediately though is where are the first two books in the historical mystery series if Felicity is already writing the third?
Felicity can be found online at her website where you’ll find more biographic details as well as information about the four books she’s published (so far). Here at Fair Dinkum Kerrie has posted reviews of two of Felicity’s books, A Certain Malice and Take Out to wet your appetites.
The Fair Dinkum Baker’s Dozen has been launched especially to celebrate Australian Authors Month which is a cross-genre celebration of Australian writing. In addition to sharing reviews, author interviews, competitions and anything else relating to the writing and reading of works by Aussie authors the month is focused on raising awareness of the Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP). The ILP is a charity with the aim of raising literacy levels among Indigenous Australians in rural and remote communities and it works in partnership with the Australian Book Industry and the Fred Hollows Foundation.


7 thoughts on “Fair Dinkum Baker’s Dozen #1: Felicity Young

  1. Very interesting comments by a fascinating author, whom one wants to know more about.

    And the sincerest compliments to raising awareness of the Indigenous Literary Project; sounds like a terrific campaign to promote.


  2. Hi Bernadette,
    Apologies for not telling you much about my new historical series, but at the time of writing the titles had not been confirmed.
    Now I am free to tell you that HarperCollins will be publishing the first book, 'A Dissection of Murder' in 2012 and the second, 'The first of Criminals,' in 2013.
    The books will also be published by the Penguin Group (USA) at about the same time, with titles as yet unknown.
    This historical mystery series features my new protagonist, Dr Dody McCleland, Britain's first female autopsy surgeon.
    Now I'd better go and update my webpage…


  3. Thanks for letting us know about the historical mysteries Felicity…I never really understood how long the lead time can be between writing a book and seeing it on the shelves. Look forward to seeing the first one next year 🙂


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