Five Minutes with Blue Lucine


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

I wanted to share my first experiences in Millers Point, communicate the complex nature of the government's decision to sell off the public housing but also tell a story that would involve people. Combining facts with storytelling is one of my favourite challenges.

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

At the moment I'm a big fan of Paul Auster. I'm more inspired by film directors, and imagine my writing as a film first, then I go through and write out the sentences as scenes. I find I'm a visual person, so each piece of furniture in the room, each thing I want the reader to see, I value and spend time describing. I want the reader to see what I see.

Who do you show your writing to first?

I always show my writing to a different person each time, usually someone who wouldn't normally be into reading the style I'm writing in at the time.

Where do you get most of your writing done?

I just write at home, but I move all around the house. I don't like to write in the same spot for too long.

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

Closest book is Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf.

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

'Kill your darlings' is always good to remember. There's always that one line that you desperately want to keep in, but in the end must go. I still ignore the advice to write everyday no matter what... I'm lazy with that one.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

If I were an animal I'd be a squirrel in New York's Central Park.

What is the strangest object you own?

That's a tough one. I went to clown school in Spain a while ago so I've got a whole heap of strange costumes in my wardrobe...

How long did it take you to write your bio?

My bio probably took a day.

Top three songs on your writing playlist?

I don't write listening to music.

What literary tattoo would you get?

I already have one... it's about Albert Camus. On my bicep, inspired by his book The Rebel.

What do you do when you aren't writing?

When I'm not writing I'm making films.

Send us your favourite picture of an animal?

My dog Motley writing her life's work.

motley at the computer