Being shortlisted for the Readings 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prizehas just been so amazing! Every time I think about I feel so excited, and to be honest the whole thing has been very unexpected! I feel really proud of it :)
As part of the shortlist, I got the opportunity to write a guest blog post for the Readings blog, WHICH YOU CAN READ HERE, where I talked about some of the themes behind the book and how anime really influenced me when I was writing.
So..... 2019 is shaping up into quite a freaking awesome year for me! I will be honest, the last bunch of years for me have been quite a struggle. My mum died and since then things have been hard. On top of everything else that was going on, was that I wanted to be a published author very badly but nothing was happening. But I feel like things are finally shifting for me, and that has been a complete relief. It is nice to feel like life is moving again, that I am feeling happy!
In 2019, my very first book came out, Making Friends with Alice Dyson, and it was shortlisted for the Readings 2019 YA Book Prize (so amazing!) and I was also recently awarded a residency to spend a whole week writing at Varuna!!!!
And now, I have also signed a contract with the lovely people at Wakefield Press for my second YA novel, Taking Down Evelyn Tait!
I am so excited to bring this story out into the world in 2020, and also so grateful that life has been so kind to me lately! My biggest takeaway from all this is that persistence is more important than talent, and hard work pays off!! :) Don't give up! :)
I live in Adelaide, which has a really cool and thriving YA author community!! I was very excited to be interviewed by the lovely (also Adelaide based) YA author, Margot McGovern (Neverland) for her excellent book blog: Lectito.
Margot asked me lots of really interesting questions about my story so I found these really fun to answer.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON was SHORTLISTED for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist 2019!!!
How freaking amazing is this!??? I am really over the moon, you can read all about the shortlist (what a cool bunch of books to be included in) BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.
Also, I just wanted to share this excerpt from the judges, because it is one of my absolute favourite reviews I have ever received:
"Nwosu bypasses toxic and high-stakes romantic tropes for a refreshingly nuanced and realistic dynamic, while still giving readers the slow-burn romance they crave: a gloriously heady mix of tentative self-consciousness, bittersweet longing and simmering tension."
I am so freaking over the moon about this!!! It really feels kind of unbelievable! :)
This is really fun one for me, as S.J Morgan is not only an amazing YA writer but is also a close friend! This is the second time she has interviewed me for her blog, which is pretty cool. The first time was about my pre-publication expectations and nerves, and this one was about the book launch and how it feels being finally published!
So ..... I did an actual radio thing for the ABC and had to go into a TARDIS (apparently this is not a space police box but a recording studio!) to speak with the absolutely lovely Rhianna Patrick for her Sunday night program!