Five Minutes with Nathan Bilton

  Did you have something specific you wanted to communicate with this piece?

I think adolescence is fascinating and impossible to understand. I was trying to convey this one kid’s experience of growing up.

Is there a style/genre/or writer who has significantly influenced your work?

Richard Yates.

Who do you show your writing to first?

No one in particular – anyone kind enough to read it.

Where do you get most of your writing done?

Spare room at home.

What book is closest to you right now – don't lie!

The Easter Parade by Richard Yates.

What the best advice you have ever gotten about writing? And what's the best advice that you still ignore?

Read more. Read more.

What is the strangest object you own?

Nothing that I find strange.

How long did it take you to write your bio?

Minutes.

Top three songs on your writing playlist?

Anything by Ryan Adams.

What do you read as a guilty pleasure? What about just for normal pleasure?

It’s a pleasure to read the short stories of Alice Munro.

What book do you pretend to have read to sound smart?

Proust or some other tome.

What literary tattoo would you get?

No tattoos.

What do you do when you aren't writing? 

I spend time with my wife, friends and family, work in advertising, walk dogs, ride bikes, run, go to plays, watch AFL and drink wine. That’s about it.

Send us your favourite picture of an animal?

Nathan Bilton animal photo (3)