Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 6, 2016

Meet an Aussie Author: Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar nicholaspurcellstudio-lucytreloar-102Lucy Treloar is one of five authors on this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist, for her splendid debut novel Salt Creek.  (See my review).  Treloar has also won the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year at the ABIA awards, and the Dobbie Award for a first published work.   That’s quite a splash for a debut author, so it was time to find out more about her, and I was delighted when amidst a whirlwind of tours and author appearances, she found time to participate in Meet an Aussie Author.

  1. I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where my parents lived for a few years. I always wonder if that’s why I feel comfortable in Southeast Asia.
  2. When I was a child I wrote letters to my parents about the injustices of being a third child; bad poetry; and descriptions of people.
  3. It was books rather than people that inspired me – all those books that had been transporting me for my whole life. I wanted to be part of that world of creation.
  4. Lucy Treloar studioI write in my office at the Meat Market arts centre in Melbourne. If not there, in bed.
  5. I mainly write in the morning, but also whenever I have an idea – even sometimes out shopping (the back of a shopping receipt will do at a pinch).
  6. Research is so fascinating that it’s amazing I get any writing done. It always suggests possibilities that I couldn’t have imagined.
  7. I keep my published work/s just here and there: in my studio, or shelved at home in different sections (children’s books, journals…). The system is not very systematic, so I’m not completely sure about this.
  8. On the day my first book was published, I felt sick, self-conscious and exposed. I avoided bookshops for months so I didn’t have to worry about sales.
  9. At the moment, I’m writing a contemporary fiction set somewhere else. I can’t say more because I’m worried someone else will have the same idea.
  10. When I’m stuck for an idea/word/phrase, I stare into space, file my nails, get distracted by my own breathing, and try again.

American Writers At HomeI am very impressed by the tidiness of Lucy’s studio, (and relieved that no one can see the state of my desk at the moment!) I have a lovely coffee table book called American Writers At Home, and I reckon Lucy’s studio is a good candidate for an Australian edition.  But I’m also curious about those images on the wall.  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)  Are they prompts for Salt Creek, or for this intriguing new novel?  We shall have to wait and see…

You can buy Lucy’s novel from Fishpond: Salt Creek and there’s an audio book read by Ulli Burve too: Salt Creek.

Have you read it yet?  Did you love it as much as I did? (I am so torn between wanting it and Alec Patric’s Black Rock White City to win the MF!)


  1. Pity its not available on kindle, maybe if it wins it’ll become more widely available internationally.


  2. I read your review of this book and immediately added it to my TBR list (even though I’m not buying books this year…). And then, joy of joys, it popped up on BorrowBox as an audiobook. I snapped it up and started listening… And then stopped almost immediately. The narrator was wonderful but I immediately sensed that this was a book I would have to read, to immerse myself in the words. No doubt I’ll kick myself when it wins the MF and I haven’t yet read it!


    • I bet there’s a waiting list a mile long at the library for the print version. Nag them into buying more copies!

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      • Exactly – a lot of frenzied MF reading!


  3. I’ll have to see if my local library well get Salt Creek in as an audio book. Interesting what Kate W says, I don’t find any difference in the way I feel and recall a book whether I listen or read (unless I’m meant to be taking notes!).


    • I think it depends on the book. Anything modernist tends not to work for me. I’ll be interested to see how you get on.


  4. I look at that picture of Lucy’s desk and then stare at my own. Someone very messy seems to live in my study (and in my head). I am inspired to tidy up!


    • Oh me too. I am the kind of (un)tidy person who doesn’t put things away straight away, but tidies up when it looks messy. But if for some reason I have missed the ‘alert! signal’ lately and it is not just my desk that’s a mess, but the adjacent table with the spillover as well. *sigh*

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