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Julian Leatherdale

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Julian Leatherdale’s first love was the theatre. On graduation from a theatre studies degree at the University of NSW, he wrote lyrics for four satirical cabarets and a two-act musical. He discovered a passion for popular history as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for Time-Life’s Australians At War series. He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia-ABC documentaries Return to Sandakan and The Forgotten Force shown on the ABC and overseas. He was an image researcher at the State Library of NSW before joining the NSW Cabinet Office writing policy briefs for the Premier. For some years he was the public relations manager for an international hotel school in the Blue Mountains where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Julian Leatherdale Fingers crossed I have never had the kind of writer's block that kills off a project. I persist by finding something else to do - more research,…moreFingers crossed I have never had the kind of writer's block that kills off a project. I persist by finding something else to do - more research, working on another idea, working on a different chapter. If I am getting stuck, I leave the work alone for a while and allow my brain time to find a way forward. I may sketch out a chapter plan or write out some ideas by hand - this frees up my imagination in a way that cannot be achieved banging away at the keyboard. The other thing to do is ask your brain for a solution when you go to sleep - and you'd be surprised how often it finds an answer before the morning. Either that or go for a long walk! (less)
Julian Leatherdale Surprising yourself! Every day I write is a genuine surprise - I never really know what my imagination will deliver. Sometimes writing - at its best -…moreSurprising yourself! Every day I write is a genuine surprise - I never really know what my imagination will deliver. Sometimes writing - at its best - feels like being in a kind of trance. Your mind produces ideas, characters, scenes as true inspiration. And with historical fiction of course you have the excuse to explore topics that you may have never heard of. (less)
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