This week I talk with Australian author A. A. Bell about her Mira Chambers trilogy, the inspiration for writing a blind protagonist, and much more.
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This bestselling and multi-award winning author bought her first property as a 16 year old, while working as a causal shop assistant at her local supermarket. [When it’s supposed to be impossible to buy land as a minor, or while earning only casual wages!] As a teenager, she also become the first person since 1882 to save a horse from the deadly disease, Tetanus.
During the first few months of paying off her first property as a 16 year old, she swapped to an even lower paying office job – at a spooky old asylum - in the hope of longer term job security. But her dedication to details, knack for property investment, and talent for budgeting enabled her to purchase & completely pay off another four properties by the time she turned 29… and along the way, she managed to retire at only 26!
Aside from her friends, farm and family, she loves to spend her spare time landscaping, sculpting, renovating, oil painting, sewing, fishing, star-gazing, animating, fishing, archery and airbrushing artwork on old cars and Harleys.
Anita’s writers workshops are fun, unique and insightful. In 2009, QUT awarded her a MA Post-Grad Scholarship in Creative Writing (Research) for an exegesis on the subject of Advanced Editing Strategies; the kind of rarely discussed topics that can “re-vision” a great story into a real winner.
The awesome music you’ll hear at the beginning and end of this podcast is by musician and composer Bart Stoop, who you can find on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bartstoop and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/bartstoop1991
Diamond Eyes is a fantastic read, one that I think will appeal to a lot of sci-fi and fantasy readers. It is a book that has a bit of everything, and at times it tries a little too hard, but I have to applaud it for taking a risk and trying to push boundaries. This is a great start, and I have high expectations for the rest of the trilogy.