Karen Andrews is from Nillumbik and is an award-winning writer, author, editor, poet and publisher. Her work has appeared in journals and publications throughout the country. She has blogged at www.karenandrews.com.au since 2006 and is one of the most established and popular parenting/personal bloggers in the country. Her latest book is the Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity.
Karen 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
When did you start writing? What inspired you?
I've kept a diary of some form ever since I first learned how to write, so I've always been interested not only in documenting events as or after they occur, but the compulsion/desire as to WHY that's important. My blog is the most visible - public - way I do this. As far as my creative work goes, my early inspirations for that were all the books I read as a child (I was a voracious reader), and a lot of Old Hollywood movies. Sword and sandal historical epics, noir, musicals, etc. - they've all fed into who I've become.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on short stories and poetry while I wait to hear about a novel that's with a publisher. I’m also about to dive into screenwriting.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Keep everything you write. Even if something gets edited out for space, or dropped because it didn't work, it doesn't mean it can't take on a different form. You really never know.
Do you have favourite author or book?
I think the most important book I’ve read is Dracula by Bram Stoker. I usually give his answer because of the impact it left on me the first time I read it and its ongoing significance in my life.
Just a selection of my favourite authors includes: Jeanette Winterson, Helen Garner, Jeffrey Eugenides, Siri Hustvedt, Maggie Nelson, Michel Faber and so many more.
Do you visit your local library? If yes, what do you love about libraries?
I do! I answered this here: https://www.yprl.vic.gov.au/blogs/post/writers-speak-up-what-do-libraries-mean-to-them/
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