Featured Interview With Vanessa de Largie
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Perth, Western Australia – the most isolated city in the world. It was a beautiful place to grow up. Lots of sunshine and pristine beaches.
At 22, I jumped on a Greyhound bus with a suitcase-full-of-dreams and traveled over 3200 miles to Melbourne. I wanted to pursue my acting and writing.
I’ve lived in Melbourne for 15 years now and I adore it. It’s a hive of artistic activity. I see my future in Europe though, that’s where I intend to end up.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I wasn’t much of a reader as a child. I fell in love with reading in my late teens and I’ve been devouring books ever since.
I’ve always written – journals, poems, short stories. I’ve been a serial diarist since I was 12 and I still am. I always remember what Mae West said – “Keep a diary and someday it will keep you.”
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite author is Charles Bukowski. Nobody can touch him. He writes with such rawness and ease. I have read many of his books umpteen times. All these years later, I am still in awe. He is my biggest inspiration.
Hmm, Genres?… I love non-fiction/autobiography/poetry/essays/ autobiographical fiction/erotica. I do read fiction books too and love some good escapism but I prefer non-fiction as a general rule.
My writings are inspired by my passions. I am passionate about women’s issues. I am passionate about female sexuality. I am passionate about feminism. I have an eclectic array of writings.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Don’t Hit Me! is a unique book because it captures domestic violence in real time. Most books about domestic violence are written in retrospect.
Basically I published my raw journal from my time living with an abusive man. It is conveyed through an unconventional narrative – a series of journal entries, poems and fragments of lyrical prose.
Within two weeks of self-publishing, it was a #1 Amazon Best Seller. It has since gone on to win two international awards and has received five-star reviews from the San Francisco Book Review and Midwest Book Review.
In January it was picked up by Seattle publisher Booktrope and re-released as an ebook and paperback.
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