Fair Dinkum Baker’s Dozen #7: Michael Robotham

This is #7 in our new feature here at Fair Dinkum Crime. New South Wales writer Michael Robotham 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).

The interview with Michael is the final one in our Aussie Authors Month series but we will be continuing the interviews on the last Wednesday of each month as long as we have content. So Aussie crime fiction authors, let us know if you would like to participate!

On to Michael’s answers.

I often wonderwhose cruel idea it was for the word ‘lisp’ to have an ‘s’ in it.

Friends would describe me asbeing often distracted or never in the country.

I will neveragain wear flares and a yellow body shirt on a first date. My wife has never let me live it down.

My greatest fear is
writing one book too many. I want someone to tap me on the shoulder when my time is done.

My worst job wasdoing a newspaper investigation into the porn industry and having to call sex chat lines to see what the fuss was about. I was a naïve country boy and they didn’t teach me that stuff at St Stanislaus Catholic School in Gundagai.

I’m in dire need ofa clone. One of me could tour and answer correspondence so the other one of me could stay at home and write…(and have a mistress).

My childhood was...like something from a Mark Twain novel. Small country towns…swimming at the swimming hole…fishing at the fishing hole…cooking up a mess ‘o cat fish.

I wish I hadthe confidence of youth and the wisdom of experience.

I wish I hadn’tmentioned the bit about a mistress.

The thing I hate most about being a writer is…living with these characters in my head. They won’t shut up until I get the story down.

The last book I read was...Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey – which is a wonderful coming of age novel, which reads a little like an Australian version of To Kill a Mockingbird.

The next book I’ll write isa psychological thriller featuring Joe O’Loughlin. It doesn’t have a name yet, but I’m under instructions from my wife to sort out Joe’s private life. I’m talking Julianne now – hoping she might take him back.

Being an Australian author meansliving in the best country in the world with brilliant readers, but having to look to overseas to make a decent living.

Good News for Australian and New Zealand readers

Michael’s new book THE WRECKAGE will be released in Australian and New Zealand tomorrow, April 28, 2011.

Publisher’s blurb

Ex-cop Vincent Ruiz rescues a young woman from a violent boyfriend but wakes next morning to find that she’s robbed him. It was a set up – an elaborate scam. Setting out to find Holly Knight, Ruiz discovers her boyfriend’s tortured body and realises that powerful men are looking for the same girl. What did she steal that was so important?
Meanwhile, two thousand miles away, Pulitzer prize-winning Journalist Luca Terracini is living ‘outside the wire’ in Baghdad and investigating a disappearance of billions in reconstruction funds. The trail will lead him to London where he teams up with Ruiz and together they investigate the disappearance of an international banker and a mysterious ‘black hole’ in the bank’s accounts.
THE WRECKAGE is an international conspiracy thriller involving clandestine agents and powerful nations who seek to bury secrets and manipulate the truth. It’s about the money, politics and power. Who has it, who wants it and who’s ultimately going to pay.
Australia and New Zealand – April 28
United Kingdom – June 9
USA – June 16

Read more about it here

Catch Michael in the flesh!
Michael has a punishing schedule of public appearances lined up for the next few months: check it out here.
Find out a lot more about Michael and sign up for his newsletter through his website.

Check out our reviews and other titbits about Michael Robotham on Fair Dinkum Crime here.

The Fair Dinkum Baker’s Dozen was launched especially to celebrate Australian Authors Month, 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.

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2 thoughts on “Fair Dinkum Baker’s Dozen #7: Michael Robotham

  1. Never in the country! You'll have to make him do his 42 days or you will have to stop counting him as Australian 😉

    Seriously, thanks for this series of interviews, they have been really fun and educational to read. So different from the typical author interview one reads so often (or rather, avoids reading!).

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  2. I wish it were that easy to make someone un-Australian – Peter Carey doesn't live here nor visit more than a few days every decade or so but we still have to claim him 🙂

    Actually Michael R is responsible for the format of our quiz – he gave us the germ of the idea and we tweaked it some – we figured it would help to get an author's perspective of the kind of things they DON'T get asked all the time

    We will be continuing with the feature but only once a month from here on (I think we'd run out of Aussie authors too quickly otherwise).

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