Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Author Interview + Contest: Melina Marchetta
How do you think you would handle a situation like Thomas' with so much thrown at you at once? Would you give up your passion as well?
I don’t have an addictive personality like Tom’s. Mine’s more obsessive, so getting wasted like he did at the beginning would not have worked for me to numb the pain. I’m too much of a control freak to let that happen. I don’t know how I would have dealt with Tom’s situation. I think I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed, but I’ve watched people around me deal with awful grief and they get on with things because people rely on them. I’d like to think I’d be the same, but I’m not sure.
If Thomas were to pick the perfect place for a first kiss with a girl, where would it be?
Oh at a footy game definitely, just after his favourite team has scored a goal.
What is the one thing Thomas would say to his uncle that last morning, if he could do it differently?
I don’t think he’d do anything different. The topic of conversation would still have been Tara Finke, but both Tom and Joe would have had favourite facetious sayings to each other so probably along the lines of, ‘Stay Gold, Ponyboy.’
Definitely Georgie, Tom’s Aunt who he goes to live with. Georgie was my age when I was writing her and I was tapping into a lot of stuff my friends and I speak about. For me, this novel belongs to both of them. They stuff up things so badly at times, but they are also instrumental in bringing a fragmented world back together. I wanted to show that regardless of the age difference they are going through exactly the same emotions with regards to family, relationships and grief. The only difference is that as an older person, Georgie has more collateral damage.
If you could pair Thomas with any character from any book, who would it be?
I couldn’t bear Tom being with anyone but his girl, but if I did, I could imagine the sparks flying between him and Hermione Granger.
If you were a demigod, what god/goddess would be your parent?
Epimetheus, god of the afterthought and father of excuses and Athena, because of her wisdom, reason and expertise in handicrafts.
What kind of shoe would you describe yourself as?
I’m a bit practical in a vain way. I think boots look good on anyone, but it would have a solid heel rather than a stiletto heel. I’m not good if I’m tottering. I’m better when I’m striding.
Thank you, Melina, for those great answers, and congrats on another release!
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