CASE STUDY: Heather Rose
“The way I’ve approached adversity is to consider that everything has the capacity to give me insights into the human condition and, as a writer, I need those to enrich myself and my craft.”
“Before The Museum of Modern Love, I had very few readers outside Tasmania. Suddenly this book was being published in other countries and other languages. We had a launch for it in New York last year at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where it is set. It was the first novel ever to be launched there – or stocked in their bookshop – and it was written by a Tasmanian!
The book’s success made it possible for me to work full-time as an author at last. I wrote my latest novel, Bruny, in that precious time. As my father likes to say: ‘It's amazing how lucky you get when you work really hard.'
We can't hide here. We can't pretend we're something we're not.
I live really simply. I don't have a fancy lifestyle. I don't have a glamorous bank account. I love the seclusion of living at the end of the world. I love living close to the sea. That's very Tasmanian.”