Cecile Ravell is based in Banyule and is a creative memoir novelist, poet, traveller, fascinated with human behaviour. She self-published the novel, 'Love on a Faultline' 2019 and the short stories: 'Child Magical - Part I', in Literary Allsorts, and 'Love's Labour's Lost', in Ties that Bind. The romantic comedy/drama, 'Memoir of a Middle-aged Madonna' will be published later this year. She is also the Winner of Flash Fiction 100 words - On My Merits
Cecile 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 need to be in flow to write. A space that is most conducive to the process is the beach. I write alone with no distractions. Once I start to write, the ideas turn themselves into a story.
When did you start writing? What inspired you?
In 2004. I was a psychotherapist and a particular story of heart-break inspired me. This story is now published as 'Love on a Faultline'.
What are you working on at the moment?
A romantic comedy/ tragedy: In Memoir of a Middle-aged Madonna, we are invited into the thoughts and emotions of Jessica. We feel her suffering at the loss of her lover and are immersed in her story to the extent that we are carried along by the challenges she faces - her triumphs and disappointments.
Do you have a studio or work space? What is it like?
My workspace looks out on a hectare of native bush-land. I write in my dining-room which has cathedral ceilings.
Does anyone or anything influence your practice?
When I'm editing, I constantly remind myself of Stephen King's abhorrence of adverbs.
I am a member of the Melbourne Writers Social Group and have taken on board their feedback when I have given readings of work in progress.
Of late, I have collaborated with another writer and we give each other feedback. She encouraged me to try my hand at Flash Fiction and my piece won the WWC competition. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/cecile-ravell
I think competitions are a good way to get feedback and improve my writing.
How do you define success? How do you celebrate your successes?
With 'Love on a Faultline' my success is measured by the number of readers who have given me feedback. All ages from 30 - 70 have said the story impacted them: making them more self-aware and/or validating their feelings.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Just write! Don't judge yourself. Get your words down, then work on the story. Don't write to publish, write to write.
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