Irma and Craig talk about writing groups and getting quality feedback on your work.
Then Irma talks with Sofie Laguna, on finding the essence of your characters, the fraught space of awards, how kids have made her writing practice better, the cruel world of publishing, how she struggles with success, navigating good and bad reviews, why writing a screenplay can sharpen the book edit, and how reading is like having an author's dreams in your hands.
Sofie Laguna is the author of 21 books for children and adults. Her books for young people have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Awards. Her first novel for adults, ‘One Foot Wrong’, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. And her second novel, ‘The Eye of the Sheep’, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and won the Miles Franklin Award. Her third novel The Choke won the 2018 Indie Awards and was shortlisted for a number of others. Her fourth and latest novel for adults is Infinite Splendours.