Home' Scoop : Scoop 52 Winter 2010 Contents into any time of day, including in bed and in the bath. She has contributed
to several journals with stories and essays and will soon publish a book of
short stories. She also has another novel on the go.
While she credits much of her creativity to her mother -- who encouraged
her children to follow their interests -- it was her grandmother who helped
hone her writing skills from a young age by asking young Goldie to write
her letters, to "be her eyes in another place".
Her grandmother s strict requirements unknowingly introduced Goldie
to the writers maxim of "show, don t tell".
"She wanted direct observation, not anything airy-fairy, just direct
observation. She strongly, strongly encouraged me," Goldie says.
The physical distance between her home in Chicago and the Australian
bush gave Goldie a narrative distance that, she says, helped her to write
about the WA landscape with clarity.
And, by the side of Lake Michigan, the place that she was able to evoke
so clearly was Wyalkatchem, or "Wylie", to the locals.
During her childhood Goldie spent many weekends and holidays on
her grandparents farm in the Wheatbelt, not at Wyalkatchem but nearby
(she s not telling precisely where).
While her evocation of small town life is not complimentary -- and she
has had a few readers being a little offended on Wylie s behalf -- she defends
the picture she s painted of the countryside.
"I loved it, I love the country there. The land itself, I love. It s my belief
that it is a very beautiful and unusual place," she says.
She chuckles as she recalls batting off accusations that she has depicted
Wyalkatchem as full of misfits. "Well, if I d written about normal people
they might think it s your Aunty Mavis or someone, but because they are so
different, you know it s not someone you know," she says.
And don t expect too many "normal" people to turn up in Goldie s
writing any time soon. "I like pushing emotions to go places I haven t been
before," she says. "I like dark."
Then, her eyes twinkling with a subversive delight, she says: "I was thinking
of writing something from inside the mind of a psychotic man..." sm
"If I'd written about
normal people, they
might think it's your
Aunty Mavis... but
you know it's not
someone you know."
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