About the author….Sally Selt­mann

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - READING CORNER -

She is an Aus­tralian singer­song­writer who used to go un­der the stage name New Buf­falo. This is her de­but novel. This novel was in­spired by… I went to art school and worked as a wait­ress in my twen­ties, so I drew a lot of in­spi­ra­tion for some of the char­ac­ters through my own ex­pe­ri­ences. I’ve al­ways loved Bal­main in Syd­ney, and grew up close by. Set­ting Love­some in that area re­ally helped shape the story. I wanted to write it be­cause… Writ­ing a book has been a dream of mine for about 10 years.

Song­writ­ing is dif­fer­ent to writ­ing a novel be­cause…

With song­writ­ing, you need to learn to say things with fewer words and it al­most al­ways needs to rhyme. In some songs, you can briefly tell a story, but in oth­ers, the lyrics are more open-ended and peo­ple of­ten bring their own story to it. The beauty of writ­ing a novel is that you can be as de­scrip­tive as you like.

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