Community Creatives: Archimede Fusillo

Archimede Fusillo is a writer from Whittlesea and has written nine novels, including a YA Book Of The Year, a number of writing text books, has won both the Alan Marshal Award and the Mary Grant Bruce Award as well as an International Literature Fellowship. He has run Writing Workshops in Australia and overseas for over 20 years, and has been a guest at many of Australia's prestigious Writing Festivals. Archimede is one of our profiled local writers as part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival. To find out more about the festival view the program here

How do you describe your creative practice?

I write as a passion, treating the writing as a discipline rather than a task or a chore. Writing never just happens. Inspiration is one small part of the process-the rest is hard work.

When did you start writing? What inspired you?

I have always loved stories and the craft of storytelling, and was inspired by the many stories I heard growing up as the child of migrants. I started writing short stories in school and was lucky enough to have them published, which hooked me into a career as a writer-in various capacities.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have just signed off on my YA new novel with my publisher and have a Junior novel recently released in the USA. I am also working on the initial interest in a film possibility for one of my books.

How do you define success? How do you celebrate your successes?

This depends on what area of my career is being discussed. As a published author success is often measured by critical and reader response to your work. As a writer success for me is the act of getting a piece of writing from idea stage to the page despite the many setbacks.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

Don't write for others, write because you have something you want to say. Good writing finds an audience. Don't give up too easily. There are many critics, but you need to be both your own critic and your own best friend when it comes to your work.

Do you visit your local library? If yes, what do you love about libraries?

Yes I am a keen visitor of my local library. There is a real community feel about the welcome there and the scope of services available-from traditional books to digital, is increasingly inspiring.

Archimede’s books in our collection:

The Great Switcheroo

The Dons

Sparring With Shadows

The Lighthouse Secret, Plus Three More

Game or Not?

Bragging Reggie

Let It Rip!

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