A writing team doesn’t function without conversations, research trips and meeting wonderful people… and the odd pillow being thrown… and the complaints department (Franky The Proximity Cat) emerging from under the coffee table every now and then to inspect the quality of the work being done. Feel free to laugh at our ridiculousness. We certainly do!
Scene: It’s 10am in a café. George and The Kraken are having cake and coffee to celebrate the California Dreaming launch this week. It’s sunny outside, the birds are singing, the people at the next table are laughing and The Kraken is under-caffeinated. George: (Sitting back and rubbing cake-filled tummy) I have a question for you.The Kraken: (Looking suspicious) Define the parameters of “question.”George: It’s more like a fun task
The Kraken, Anne Burst and Graeme Simsion View From Our Hotel There’s nothing more fun than catching up with good friends and finding out their lives are peachy, which is precisely what happened the weekend of the launch of Head Over Heels when we caught up with two of the best raconteurs on the planet, Anne Buist (author of the awesome Natalie King crime series) and her husband Graeme Simsion. (author
Scene: It’s 11pm, George is in the shower discovering that the words to Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like Phoenix” mashes up PERFECTLY with Bon Jovi’s “Always.” George: (Racing out of the shower to find The Kraken.) I’ve just made a DISCOVERY, listen to this! “Annnndddd III Willl Allwayys… Rissee LikkeAPhoeeenixxx Allllwaaays…”The Kraken: (Putting his book down very slowly) That’s great sweetie but have you ever considered how good you’d be at
Scene: It’s eight in the morning, George is reading over the latest bit of her work in progress that The Kraken has given her feedback on. George: (Screaming from the most primal depths of the deep) AAAAGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHThe Kraken: (Looks up from his book, expression mild) What?George: You put TWO Question marks in a row in a comment in my manuscript. We talked about this! When you query something, just use
Scene: It’s Sunday arvo, George and The Kraken have just eaten all the scones in a picturesque little farm shop and are tootling home. The topic of conversation is what would each of us do if we had 20billion dollars to do anything with. George: (Spotting a silver Aston Martin DB11 zooming ahead on windy picturesque Scottish mountain road.) Is seeing that car in this setting doing anything yummy to
Scene: It’s first thing in the morning and The Kraken is nesting in an armchair in George’s study, reading a book while snorting, snuffling and scratching. George had just come downstairs ready to go out.The Kraken: (Looking up from his book.) You’re pretty today.George: Aww. Thanks.The Kraken: That’s a very… sensible skirt…Very… practical.George: Is that meant to be a compliment? The Kraken: (Now pulling an impersonation of Rodin’s The Thinker) Yeah.