The Shallows Drive-by: Favel Parrett

Favel Parrett, quite apart from possessing an awesome writerly name, is also an awesome writer. And a lovely person. Favel was a participant in one of the first QWC-Hachette Manuscript Development Programs in 2008 and the very beautiful Past the Shallows is the novel that got her into the program! Her writerly touch is light, lovely and devastating. She prefers cherry danishes.

1. I first knew I was a writer when…
… I started sending my work out there. I got so many rejections (and still do) but the process made me feel like I was taking my work seriously.

2. Where did Past the Shallows come from?
Memories and impressions of southern Tasmania – my love of the Southern Ocean – and two very special characters, Harry and Miles, who told me their story.

3. What book would you have loved to write?
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. I think it is such a beautiful book. I love it!

4. If I didn’t write, I would …
… probably be a bit lost.  Maybe I would work in animal welfare.

5. Donuts or danishes?
Tough question… Danishes – especially cherry ones still warm from the oven.

Her site is here.

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