Share this
Like us on facebook
For the latest news and reviews.



The Dragonrider books by Anne McCaffrey series reading order and synopsis

For the latest additions to the Usual Questions project, and other posts about writing see the Facebook page:


Jane Routley

answers the Usual Questions

Photograph, Jane Routley; 162x161

Jane Routley

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work? Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

I always get a lot from conventions full stop. When I'm a home alone the "You're a crap writer fairy" torments me.

At conventions I'm reminded of the fact that I've published 4 books and that isn't nothing. I find conventions very nourishing. I talk to other writers who are tormented by the "You're a Crap writer" fairy, get bitches and moans about the publishing industry off my chest, get recommendations about good books and very occasionally a fan says "You're Jane Routley. I'm so pleased to meet you." And that makes everything worthwhile. I can't put my finger on anything in particular though.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

My favourite authors are people like Jane Austen (because her style is so transparent you hardly know you are reading a story) and fun writers like Colin Cottrell, Janet Evanovich and Gail Carriger. Life's too long with no jokes. Some fantasy writers are just tooooo serious.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

A comedian. Hannah Gatsby's one of my favourites at the moment. Stephen J. Amos has a lovely voice and is so rude and camp.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

At the moment Kevin Rudd. He is such a weasel and I am so mad at him that I fear indecorous remarks would inevitably ensue.

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

Kryton (sp??) from Farscape said he missed chocolate most in space. So I'll take that as a warning and pack lots. Lindt balls, Moser Roche Leibniz biscuits and some nice big chucks of Cadbury Dairy Milk.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

The special satisfaction of my work is being other people and living in other places. And I just like playing with words.

submitted by Jane Routley

July 2013

For other answers to The Usual Questions Click here

Just the facts:

Web site: Jane on Facebook


For posts about Melbourne events, places, news, reviews, giveaways, see our Facebook Page: