Our tiny, useless hearts by Toni Jordan: 9 March, 2017
"Toni Jordan’s latest novel, Our Tiny, Useless Hearts, is a romp through the contemporary complexities of living well. Very quickly, Jordan introduces us to a cast of wonderfully flawed characters all trying desperately to live honestly and without regret. Narratively driven, reading this crafty, clever and comical novel is not unlike eavesdropping on your crazy neighbours." – Chris Gordon
Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Fall girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Reviews' top 10 historical novels of 2013.
Toni will join us for a Q&A on Thursday, 9 March between 8 and 9pm. Please leave any questions you have below. (And discuss her writing at your leisure!)
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I've always found the characters in your writing to be well realised—they read like real people. What's your approach to "building" characters or fleshing them out (assuming you have a process at all).
Hello! Thanks for doing this Q&A :)
Could you share a highlight you had and challenge you faced while writing this book?
The farce style of your novel seems very theatrical to me!
Have you ever considered writing for theatre? Or have you ever before?
Hi Toni 👋🏼 do you work on a specific outline for a plot or just see where an idea takes you?
Hello Sarah! I'd love to be one of those people who have an outline for a plot and work to it. It sounds like such a grown-up way of doing things.
I am not one of those people, unfortunately. I have no idea what's going to happen, seriously. I usually have some kind of idea for an opening scene, because that's the most important thing. The beginning is the scene where everything changes. I don't know who these people are, not yet. But I know if I keep working forward, scene by scene, it generally resolves itself in the end. (Not always--I have two dead manuscripts in my bottom drawer that I couldn't make work.) I'm a big believer in the power of the unconscious mind--perhaps I should have been a Freudian analyst? xx toni
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