Eleanor Elliott Thomas worked for many years as a human rights lawyer before devoting herself full-time to writing. She lives in Melbourne with her partner, two kids, and three cats. Today, we're discussing her debut novel, The Opposite of Success.
Our interview begins at 00.17.00
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In this interview, we chat about:
- How Eleanor settled on the one-day timeframe and dual POV
- Review culture and how it feels to be on the other side of opinions about work
- Eleanor's incredibly smooth publishing deal and adjusting expectations after publication
- How to classify and compare The Opposite of Success in the bookstore
- Switching to writing after working as a lawyer for 15 years
Books and other things mentioned:
- Minnie Darke (listen to our interview)
- Mad Men (TV series)
- Fleabag (TV series)
- Motherland (TV series)
- A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
- Barbie (film)
- Strong Female Character by Fern Brady
- Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (listen to our interview)
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The Opposite of Success is available now. Thank you to Text Publishing for providing us with copies of the book in preparation for the interview.
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