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I had a story to tell, a story that nobody else was telling. Not that I hadn’t already wanted to be a writer before I found that story but before the story all attempts to write something I loved failed.
The best part of writing Terra Nullius was …
Gaining the experiences that led to the story. I was travelling at the time, in my ancestral country and heard a story that changed my life. From then on I was never the same again and everything I did and saw was informed by my new knowledge. I delighted in framing that story in a way that might help others feel what I felt.
In three words Terra Nullius is …
How It Feels.
The book that changed my life was …
The Lord of the Rings, I read it when I was eight, after that I knew what story could do. It was then that I wanted to be a writer, it has taken me over thirty years to be brave enough.
What’s up next for Claire G. Coleman?
I am continuing to write. Terra Nullius went well, it was the best thing I have ever done. Now I want more, not more success, that is secondary. There are more stories I want to tell and I want to read them myself.
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