I was talking about with my publisher while I was doing the developmental edits for BTC and it came to me that Australian books are very much like Australia itself, stuck between the past and the future and I realised I was very much buying into the stereotype of the Australian novel. And being an Australian writer I had a chance to help correct that.
I'm glad I set BTC here, that I have a chance to show people around the world what Australia and Australians are like. I'm even more glad with my current WIP, a piece intended for an Australian themed anthology. It's made me realise what is so great about Australia, what makes us so unique, it's making me fall in love with country in a way I never thought possible.
I'm so proud to be an Aussie author. I'm proud to write Australian novels. I'm proud to help break the stereotypes surrounding Australians and our work, even if it is from ourselves. We're unlike any other country in this planet, and we should be proud of that, embrace it. We are so small and so far away but everyone knows who and where we are because we refuse to be bound by our limitations. We're incredible and I love showing the world that.