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Hayley Chewins

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Laini Taylor, Frances Hardinge, Angela Carter, Franny Billingsley

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October 2010


Hayley Chewins grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house so full of books that she learnt to read by accident. The second eldest of four daughters, she sang incessantly as a child -- so incessantly, in fact, that she was sent to lessons twice a week in the interests of household peace. Hayley studied classical voice for a year before switching to a degree in English Literature and Italian. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a house full of art and music and colour, with her husband and a very small poodle. She believes in two things above all else: the magic of love, and the heroism of sisters. Her debut novel, THE TURNAWAY GIRLS, was a Kirkus Best Book of 2018 and was featured on the Amelia Bloomer List of Best Feminist Books ...more

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Hayley Chewins Karou and Akiva from Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series. Like, without a single doubt in my mind. I love them because Laini Taylor wrote…moreKarou and Akiva from Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series. Like, without a single doubt in my mind. I love them because Laini Taylor wrote them in such a sensitive, vulnerable, devastatingly beautiful way. My heart still flutters when I think about it. (less)
Hayley Chewins For me, writer's block is just code for creative tiredness. Sometimes it's as simple as being hungry or needing more sleep. Other times I'm feeling ti…moreFor me, writer's block is just code for creative tiredness. Sometimes it's as simple as being hungry or needing more sleep. Other times I'm feeling tired of a scene because I secretly don't want to write it. When this happens, my strategy is usually to write something new -- something that makes my skin tingle. (A boring scene is never a necessary scene.) Then there are longer periods of time when I feel like my creative well is completely empty, which is generally when I take a break and read and watch as many beautiful things as possible. Usually it doesn't last long. When your heart is full of gorgeous words and images, it's pretty hard *not* to write. (less)
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Today’s episode of For Novelists Who is a bit more of a conversational one.

I’m one of those writers who waited for a long time to actually start writing.I waited because I didn’t have a Great Amazing Book Idea.I waited because my life felt small and insignificant.I waited because I had no idea what I wanted to say.If this is you, I have some stuff to tell you. Settle in with a cup of cof Read more of this blog post »
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More of Hayley's books…
“- the coffee Mayhap couldn't stand the smell of. It was a smell that made her fell as though she were being buried- as though her mouth were being stuffed with the damp, pungent grounds.”
Hayley Chewins, The Sisters of Straygarden Place
tags: coffee

“Words are never alone when they are spoken,” says Bly. “They carry their echoes with them.”
Hayley Chewins, The Turnaway Girls
tags: words

“Making shimmer, Mother Nine calls it, because that’s the thing with her sly-sticking tongue: she likes to turn words over until they mean nothing but what they aren’t.”
Hayley Chewins, The Turnaway Girls
tags: words

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”
Franz Kafka

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

“People pay money to see others believe in themselves.”
Kim Gordon

“Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.”
Anne Enright




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