Welcome to the blog tour post for Girl in Between by Anna Daniels and, is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.
What research do you do when you are trying to brainstorm for writing a book?
One of the major settings in Girl in Between is London, a city I adore! So, when it came time to write the London chapters, I took myself over there and spent a week living and writing in an airbnb room across from Battersea Park. I loved it!
Can you tell us a scene that didn’t make the cut while writing Girl In Between?
Yes! I had initially written a scene where Lucy Crighton, the main character, stumbles across a meditation stall at the Notting Hill markets, and ends up being hypnotised by the stall owner, called Peter, who really runs a glorified cult! I remember cracking myself up as I wrote it, but Louise Thurtell, my editor and publisher had flagged that scene with the comment, ‘Not sure about all this Peter stuff’ and so we cut it…probably for the best!
What is the most difficult aspect of your artistic process?
Sometimes the solitary nature of being a writer can be a challenge. I’m pretty social, and so when I wrote Girl In Between, I found myself really looking forward to chatting and being with people at my gym classes and local coffee shop!
How many hours a day do you write?
I had quite an intense experience writing Girl In Between as I needed to increase my word count from 38,000 words to over 80,000 words over a short timeframe. During that period I was probably writing 8 hours a day.
What can readers expect next from your writing?
I’d really love to turn Girl in Between into a romantic-comedy screenplay, and have Lucy and Rosie running around on the small screen! That’s my next writing goal and hopefully we can make it happen!
About Girl In Between by Anna Daniels
Life can be tricky when you’re a girl in between relationships, careers and cities … and sometimes you have to face some uncomfortable truths. The sparkling debut from comic TV and radio presenter, Anna Daniels.
Lucy Crighton has just moved in with some gregarious housemates called Brian and Denise . . . who are her parents. She’s also the proud mother of Glenda, her beloved 10-year-old . . . kelpie. And she has absolutely no interest in the dashing son of her parents’ new next-door neighbour . . . well, maybe just a little . . .
As the girl in between relationships, careers and cities, Lucy is facing some awkward truths – like her mum’s obsession with Cher, her father’s unsolicited advice, and the probability there’s more cash on the floor of her parents’ car than in her own bank account.
Thank goodness for Lucy’s crazy-but-wonderful best friend, Rosie, who’s around to cushion reality with wild nights at the local Whipcrack Hotel, escapades in Japanese mud baths, and double dating under the Christmas lights in London.
But will Lucy work out what she really wants to do in life – and who she wants to share it with
Girl in Between is a warm, funny, charmingly Australian story about life at the crossroads. Featuring an endearing and irrepressible cast of characters, it will have you chuckling from start to finish.
About Anna Daniels
Anna Daniels has enjoyed great success as a comedic storyteller since kicking off her career by winning the ABC’s ‘Comedy Segment of the Year Award’ for an interview with Russell Crowe. She then went on to co-create the ABC’s first online sketch comedy series ‘Tough at the Top’ with Melbourne comedian, Anne Edmonds. For several years Anna wrote and presented funny upbeat stories for The Project, winning over viewers with her warm, silly, endearing style. Having grown up in Rockhampton, she particularly championed the stories and characters of rural and regional Australia with affection and humour. As well as The Project, Anna has written, presented and/or produced radio, TV and online content for Queensland Weekender, Red Symons’ Breakfast Show, and the BBC One series, ‘John Bishop’s Australia’. Anna can now be heard presenting statewide programs on 612 ABC Brisbane.
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