• Ideas are easy. Shaping ideas into a finished novel is hard work.
• It's unlikely anyone will steal your ideas because everyone's too busy working on their own amazing concepts.
• There are thousands more unpublished writers than there are publishers looking for new talent.
• Getting a publishing deal is hard but selling your books is even harder.
• The publishing industry moves at a glacial pace.
• It's only bestselling authors who get a big marketing budget from their publishers.
• If a newly published book doesn’t sell within a certain amount of time, it gets sent back to the publisher. And if it doesn’t earn out it's advance, then it’s even harder to get a second book published.
• Everyone's got different tastes in books - just as they have different tastes in clothes and food.
• The average reader only buys about 5 books a year, and usually by an author they already know.
What I'm reading now
Where do you live?
I live in Sydney, Australia.
What were your favourite books when you were a kid?
Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables, but the book that got me hooked on reading was The Good Master.
Three things people may not know about you?
1. I spent my first birthday on a plane emigrating from Chile
2. I was captain of my high school cricket team
3. Growing up, we had a waterfall at the end of the garden
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I sat down to illustrate a picture book and enjoyed writing the story more than doing the drawings.