Writing Beyond the Self

Writing outside your own experience has received a lot of heat recently. This has been both distressing and compulsive viewing for me, because I find imagining the human experience in different contexts as an important way of reaching out and understanding each other, and humanity as whole.I am compelled to do this by exploring the…

The Written World: Writing in translation

Have you ever gone into a bookshop in another country only to find school textbooks? Or writing pads? Maybe pens. But no novels? It has dawned on me, slowly, how hard it is to get a book published in Uzbekistan, or Fiji, when there aren’t even any bookshops. Our publishing world is primarily an English…

What is Story?

Intercultural perspectives on narrative. In 4th grade I was taught a story has a beginning, a middle and an end. And a good story has a mountain shape: an introduction, a problem, its resolution and denouement. And the ending must give an emotional satisfactory conclusion to the main character’s struggle and development. So, when I…

Natural Humans with Cultural Twists

With books spanning two millennia, authoring stories from 12th century France to modern day Russia, author Sophie Masson speaks to us about the weight of history, the experience of the foreign, and the advantages of being an Australian writer. Two millennia—goodness, how startling to see it that way! Makes me feel like an immortal. You’ve recently…

Books and Dogs

A good dog is like a good book. Well-loved (hence dog-eared). Always there when you need them. Minor indiscretions can be forgiven because they’ve captured your heart. As a veterinarian and an author, I’m well placed to judge. I have a lot of friends who are bookish, and many friends who are doggy, and some…

Yellow Pearls

People often ask me how I came across the idea of writing my current manuscript, Yellow Pearl, which explores what might have happened if someone in Australian military intelligence had tried to use Japanese Australians in World War II.  I’ve reblogged the answer below from my blog on the history behind Yellow Pearl: http://www.yellowpearl.com.au Browsing…

Speaking in Tongues

This post was first published on Sophie Masson’s Feathers of the Firebird blog. Rejoice!  Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff has just been published in English for the first time in over 100 years.  I loved this book and I love that new generations of English speakers are getting the chance to follow the fabulously intrepid Mikhail…