Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood is the author of many bestselling novels and the editor of two collections. Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Cocaine Blues, Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, Death at Victoria Dock, Blood and Circuses, The Green Mill Murder, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders, Queen of the Flowers, Death by Water, Murder in the Dark, Murder on a Midsummer Night and Dead Man's Chest.

The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.  Find out more about the series at: www.phrynefisher.com

She is also the author of the Corinna series, which includes Earthly Delights (2004), Heavenly Pleasures (2005), Devil's Food (2006), Trick or Treat (2008), Forbidden Fruit (2010) and Cooking the Books (2011).She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women WC series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard.

See Kerry Greenwood in conversation with Tara Moss

Kerry Greenwood on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Why I Did It

When did you start writing?
As soon as I could form the letters. My first sentence was 'the world is round and spins in space' and it still strikes me as a poetic and important statement.

Who or what was the biggest inspiration for you to become a writer?
Just about everyone, really - I read everything - Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas. Dickens is my favourite novelist along with Mrs Gaskell, Dorothy Sayers and John Buchan.


If you had to recommend everyone to read just one book what would it
be?

No fair. One book? Only ONE book? Well, all right, The Lord of the Rings.  And the bible. And the Collected Works of Wm Shakespeare.

Where do you do your writing?
In a small office at the front  of my small house, where I can see people walking past. In a nice seaside cottage I just stare at the sea. I once tried to shut myself away to write a book and nearly went off my head with loneliness. I need a nice urban landscape, with passing cats.

When you’re not writing what do you do?
I'm a duty solicitor with Victoria Legal Aid once a week. I also embroider, make clothes weed the garden contemplate the goldfish and go for long walks. And read a lot. My TBR (To Be Read) pile is now taller than I am.

What’s your earliest memory?
Being picked up out of my seawater pond by my father when i was eighteen months old. It was a frightfully hot night and we had gone down to the beach so my mother could put her swollen ankles in the sea. Then she went into labour, my father picked me up, and I screamed because I liked it where i was. I can still recall the feeling of his hands closing around my torso. It felt very safe.

What makes you laugh?
P G Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett. Verbal humour. I do not, even reflexively, laugh when someone slips on a banana skin.

What is your proudest moment?
When I graduated from Melbourne University with two degrees, or when I held my first book in my hand. I slept with it under my pillow for a week, in case i had imagined it.