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Chris finds success in fiction

Chris Womersley will discuss the difference between novel and short story writing at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
Chris Womersley will discuss the difference between novel and short story writing at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

CHRIS Womersley always new he wanted to write fiction and despite a rocky start his gift for storytelling is now shining through.

Chris, who will feature in sessions at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, said when his first draft novel ‘didn’t go anywhere’ he decided not to quit but persist.

With some further crafting the manuscript became his debut novel, The Low Road.

This month, his second book, Bereft, won the 2011 Indie Award for Best Novel, and was long listed for the Miles Franklin Award. In addition, he sold the film-rights to a NSW-based company.

“I thought I had something to say and a means to say it,’ the author said.

“Perseverance is an important part of being a writer because a novel takes a long time to perfect.”

Chris said his son, Reuben, was only one-month-old when The Low Road was published and it took him a while to get down to the bookstore.

“I was busy changing nappies so it took me a month to see it in the shops.

“When he was little I would write at 4am so I could fit it in but now that he’s nearly four it’s easier to find time.

“I rent an office at Abbotsford Convent but do a lot of writing on the kitchen table.

“I spend a lot of time with myself and my imaginary friends, so I love writers’ festivals for the opportunity to meet other writers and passionate readers.”


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