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Official Interview: Jennie Linnane

Post by kandscreeley » 05 Mar 2018, 10:52

Hello once again my fine fellow bookworms! The time has come for another author interview. Today I've had the privilege of talking to the author of Ironbark Hill Jennie Linnane. This fabulous novel will be book of the month in April 2018. It has received a perfect 4 by our review team. To view the review just click here. Without further ado, let's get to the questions and answers!

1. First, what would you like your readers to know about who you are?
Proud to be Australian, I grew up in a large Catholic family, became a nurse, then a wife, and mother of six. Since widowed, my energies have turned to writing; studying freelance journalism, short story- and novel-writing, and sociology. A farming background has certainly helped my efforts to convey authenticity when shaping my country-life stories.

2. Let's talk about your book Ironbark Hill. The main character Natalie wants to get away from her abusive stepfather. She goes to work for the Glover family and is attracted to the husband. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
There can never be too many advocates for the equality of humankind. The physical strength of non-violent males is to be admired, but even more admirable is the strong but gentle nature of respectful men who are proud to have women stand alongside, rightfully as equals.

Natalie is devoted to her mother but keenly feels the deprivation of natural father-love and seeks a substitute elsewhere in a man who is the antithesis of her step-father. Bruce is a person she is able to respect. His elevated plane of thinking and refined manner are attributes she strives to emulate; this, to improve herself intellectually and thereby rise above poverty.

3. It sounds like there are many emotional and important issues discussed in the book. Is there an overall message you want your readers to walk away with?
The theme of inequality is predominant throughout the story but portrayed also is the resilient human strength required to confront the injustice. Natalie succeeds in this and becomes an exemplar to her siblings.

4. How much of yourself is there in Natalie?
It is hard not to empathise with those of our Indigenous Australians who have suffered varying degrees of discrimination. With my empathy emerged the inception of the novel. Natalie was subjected to bigotry, yet it made her stronger. How much of Natalie is in Jennie Linnane? Very little – a smaller measure of her rebellious streak, perhaps. Indeed, Natalie is stronger and infinitely braver.

5. Who has most influenced you as an author?
The novels of Leo Tolstoy and George Eliot imbue a perennial and powerful influence in readers, leaving many with a particular admiration for the latter who was obliged to publish her brilliant works under a male pseudonym – from any standpoint, blatant inequity.

6. What's the best advice you've ever received?
My excellent tutor of novel-writing, author Kerry Kenihan (mother of the famous Quentin) imparted sound advice: read, read, read! Believe in yourself, keep the focus on your goal, and never give up. Her words are engraved on my mind, and I keep writing. My most recent publication is another Australian country-life story entitled “More Heavens Than One”.

7. What challenges have you overcome as a person? What's your advice to others struggling with adversity?
Life is a succession of challenges, large and small. Coping with one’s lowest ebb in the events of family deaths is undoubtedly among the greatest. Less so, but still a challenge, is encroaching deafness – my nuisance disability. Nevertheless, good emerges in many guises, and to me, it is manifest in an increase in the time spent doing what I most enjoy – writing.

8. If you could have any superpower what would it be? What would you do with it?
If this writer were empowered with super capability, it would be used to ensure that the equality of all humans, regardless of race, gender and religion, became the norm.

9. What's your favorite food?
My favourite food is the Sunday roast lamb dinner.

10. If you could eliminate only one huge problem in the world what would it be? (e.g. Aids, hunger, human trafficking...)
I wish that there could be an adequate amount of food to sustain the seven-and-a-half billion people that populate this beautiful planet.

I'd like to, again, thank Ms. Linnane for taking the time to answer my questions. I urge everyone to go ahead and pick up this book, so that you can participate in the April Book of the Month discussion! To view the book on Amazon click here.

Until our next interview, I bid you adieu!
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
-Louisa May Alcott

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Post by gali » 06 Mar 2018, 00:06

Thank you both for the interesting interview! :tiphat:
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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Mar 2018, 08:38

Thanks gali!
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Post by Miriam Molina » 07 Mar 2018, 18:35

Oh, I can see by your adieu, that the poetry bug has bitten you!

Thanks for making the author real to us. I am glad she has a positive attitude about her encroaching disability. Empowering women is a worthy call!

Hey, I didn't know George Eliot was a she!

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Post by jhomarcams26 » 18 Jul 2018, 17:57

The author is so gorgeous I definitely read the book for my free time

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Post by Janet Bragg » 08 Aug 2018, 11:20

Recently I read and reviewed Ironbark Hill, and I loved it. It was very interesting to read this interview and to understand the background of this author. One aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the descriptions of the Australian landscape. One can see that her farming background contributed to these visualizations.

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Post by kdstrack » 09 Jun 2019, 17:41

I enjoyed "Ironbark Hill" and am looking forward to reading "More Heavens Than One." It's understandable that she lists the death of a family member as the hardest of life's challenges. I also enjoyed her tips on how to become a better writer. Thanks for this interesting interview!

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Post by brandIE420 » 12 Jun 2019, 10:39

Very good. Very interesting. Nicely done

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Post by Nisha Ward » 12 Jun 2019, 18:20

This was an interesting read and I enjoyed her comments on George Eliot and the thing she would solve.
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Post by Kansas City Teacher » 08 Jul 2019, 22:00

I really loved the book Ironbark is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I especially loved the descriptions.

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