Elli Housden Snapper Rocks
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading 10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2011 (a bit late) which features Australian writers like Cate Kennedy and John Birmingham as well as some newer writers.
What’s your favourite place on the Gold Coast, and why?
My favourite place on the Gold Coast is the Broadwater. I love to see the dolphins swimming up and down this stretch of water as well as watching the sun come up behind South Stradbroke Island.
What’s your connection to the Gold Coast?
I’m a new resident of the northern end of the Gold Coast, and I’m loving the relaxing pace and lack of traffic snarls that I left behind in Brisbane.
What attracted you to the story you selected?
The photo I selected matched the title and plot of my story perfectly.
Tell us about your story in one sentence.
‘Snapper Rocks’ involves the misadventure of two young children who are lured onto the beach by a fisherman with the promise that they will see a whale.
What else have you published?
I love reading and writing short stories. I’ve edited two anthologies, A Stack of Stories and Five Senses, containing some of my stories and some by other Australian authors, for the educational market. I work for an international educational publisher, based in Melbourne and have written and edited about half a dozen other titles for secondary schools. In the future, I hope to publish a trilogy of YA novels, two of which are awaiting editing and the third, to be set on the Gold Coast during Schoolies Week, is germinating in my over active imagination. I also review YA books for Saturday edition of The Courier Mail.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Since my arrival on the Gold Coast nearly two years ago, I have started a book group for ladies who also like to lunch. With the help of the wonderful local library service providing book bundles, it has been a huge success and I’ve met some great locals and some very nice other ‘newbies’. Reading and talking about books is a great way to socialise. At the moment we’re reading The Dinner by Herman Koch.