On this week’s episode, Vanessa and I chat about the different ways to undertake book research. I also interview Melbourne-based journalist and award-winning author, Liam Pieper. His 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of The Year, follows his journey from starry-eyed flower child to inept gangster. It was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award and widely praised for its honesty.
This was followed by Mistakes Were Made, a volume of humorous essays that collectively make up a craven apology for being too honest in his first book. He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, and was the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague. His latest work is The Toymaker, a novel, hits stores from July 2016.
During our chat, Liam discusses switching gears from writing non-fiction to fiction and the inspiration behind his latest book, The Toymaker. He also talks about being discovered by an editor at Penguin after having his work featured in literary magazine, The Lifted Brow, and the connection this has with his current role as Content Director at Writers Bloc, an Aussie-based online resource and platform for writers. In addition to his own work, Liam talks about the privilege of being able to “pay it forward” by searching for and publishing new voices.
Liam’s latest book, The Toymaker, is available for pre-order here.
You can also check out Writers Bloc for news and writing opportunities.