Five Minutes with Bron Bates

bron-bates 1. Where do you get most of your writing done?


At home in the study area which is right in the middle of the house. Sometimes I’ll take a laptop and work at a café or even in the car, but I’m more comfortable at a desktop.

2. Internet on or off while you’re writing?

I am always plugged in. Always.

3. Which book/poem do you wish you’d written?

Hmm, I hope I find my own voice.

4. Which book are you constantly lending your friends? 

I’ve lent out Somaly Mam’s autobiography quite a bit. And anything by Anne Tyler. I have duplicates.

5. Which fictional character do you think you're most romantically compatible with?

Gawd, I have no idea. Not Mr Darcy.

6. Best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

The advice wasn’t to me, but I read it, remembered it and like to think it could be true. It was from Doris Lessing to a (then?) aspiring author. She told her something like, if you can write a good letter, you can write a good book. Please let that be true.

7. If you could only read and re-read one book for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

Definitely something by Anne Tyler. Probably Breathing Lessons. There’s a line in it about not being crazy that still makes me laugh out loud even though I must have read that book 20 times.

8. Which book do you only pretend to like to look cool/well-read?

I don’t really pretend to have read books that I haven’t. But I don’t finish reading a lot of books. Embarrassing. My book club friends can confirm this.

9. What are you working on at the moment?

An article on birth for work. I hope to start a new creative piece soon.