Wednesday, 25 June 2014

AUSSIE BLOG TOUR!! Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon + Interview

Writing Clementine
Behind 192 Pages
Released: July 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
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At the Other End:
You said we could write anything we wanted. The first thing that came into our minds. Blue fish, red fish, green fish...

Clementine Darcy is floundering. She wants to be the kind of fish who swims to the swish of her own fins - upstream, not simply carried along by the current.

But she is finding the swirling waters of school and home difficult to navigate: her friendship group is splintering, her brother Fergus won't leave his room, her sister's life is not as perfect as Clem thought...and then there's the New Boy, who is dapper and intriguing, but hiding secrets of his own. Clem is desperate for everyone - including herself - to be happy, but she discovers that her idea of helping doesn't always work as well as she imagined.

Can Clem be the girl she wants to be? Will she learn to accept that there are things she can fix and things she cannot? Will she find a way to know the difference?
Author Bio:
Kate Gordon lives in Hobart, in a mint-green cottage, with her husband, her very strange cat, Mephy Danger Gordon, and a wonderful little girl who goes by the name of Tiger. Kate dreams that one day she and her little family will live in another cottage, by the beach, with goats and chickens. In the meantime, she fills her house with books, perfects her gluten-free baking technique, has marvellous adventures with Tiger, and she writes.

Kate was the recipient of 2011 and 2012 Arts Tasmania Assistance to Individuals grants, which means she can now spend more time doing what she loves.
Find Kate:
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Writing Clementine is my fourth published novel. The wonderful Onions (Allen and Unwin) published my first one, Three Things About Daisy Blue, in 2010. I then had a couple of paranormal stories out with Random House Australia – Thyla and Vulpi. Last year I had a horror story published in Fablecroft’s One Small Step (Which won the Aurealis Award this year for Best Anthology).
What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I hope people are reading it. I am terrified that people are reading it. I hope it makes them smile.

2. What inspired you to write Writing Clementine?

The initial inspiration was wanting to write a book about depression that was hopeful and funny and positive and life-affirming. I also wanted to write a book with a strong female lead, who was comfortable in her own skin. Sneakily, too, I wanted to incorporate my love of Steampunk. I don’t feel qualified to actually write a Steampunk novel (leave that to the experts, like Michael Pryor and Ben Chandler and Richard Harland), but I indulged myself here by having a Steampunk Society in my book.

3. How do you feel about negative reviews?

I feel very positive about them, actually! I mean, of course, if someone says that the thing you just dedicated years of your life to is absolute rubbish, that hurts – Writers are human too, and many of us are quite sensitive souls. But I’m a reader too, and I know that reading taste is very, very subjective. I’ve loved books others have loathed, and vice versa. Healthy, active discussion and criticism about literature is what keeps it alive. And I take all criticism on board for the next time. It’s free manuscript assessment!

4. How long was the writing and planning process for Writing Clementine?

I don’t plan. At all. So zero time there! But drafting and editing took a good couple of years, and then I welcomed a brilliant Small Person into the world, and she took me away from writing for a bit, and the publishing process always takes awhile (especially in a thorough and dedicated house like Allen and Unwin), so … All up, it was probably three years from go to whoa! Which sounds like ages, but it flew because I was working with brilliant people.

5. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas you wanted incorporated?

I nearly fainted with joy when I saw “Clem’s” cover. I’m not a very visual person, so I left it all up to the experts. But, somehow, they managed to capture the spirit of the book perfectly. I think it’s beautiful.

6. Do you have any plans for future writing projects? Are you working on any now?

I never stop writing. The only time I’m not thinking about my next or current project is when I’m adventuring with my Tiger. At the moment I’m working on a couple of things – a middle grade novel set in a cooking school, and a mystery set in the midlands of Tasmania. They’re both great fun. We’ll see how I go!

7. What are your top 5 books of all time?

  • The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  • Wild Magic – Tamora Pierce
  • Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life – Maureen McCarthy
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • After January – Nick Earls

8. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?

Anything by Margo Lanagan. Honestly, the lady is the most brilliant of brilliant minds.

10. What did you like best about writing Clementine's character?

Honestly? That she’s mostly me. She was the easiest character I’ve ever had to write because it was just like transcribing my own thoughts. So it will be a bit saddening if everyone hates her!


  1. Alice In Wonderland! She's got great taste :) Awesome interview, I love that she didn't give herself a time frame when writing, and totally agree, the cover is incredibly light and fun. Can't wait to grab a copy when this one is out. Thanks for sharing Gina.

    1. Yes, she does! I love Alice in Wonderland as well :) Anytime!

  2. I kind of didn't take much notice of this book at first, but it's really caught my eye now! x) (And then, of course the author mentioned AiW and I'm done. 1000% happy now.) That MG book with a cooking school also sounds awesome. Yes, I love food. No judging ;) BIG congrats to Kate for this books new release!

    1. haha the cover is definitely eye catching as well as the AiW :) Food is the best! I love saying WTF and actually make it mean What The Food :D

  3. Great interview Gina, I liked how the author described her feelings upon a book's release. This book has caught my eye as well about the writing process and steampunk, thanks for sharing!


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