Sonya Hartnett is the author of eighteen novels, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize-winning Of A Boy (2000), which was also shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and Thursday’s Child (2002), which won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award and Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel. Hartnett’s latest book is Butterfly (2009). She lives in Melbourne.
Why do you write?
Many reasons, some to do with justifying my place on earth. But by and large, it’s just my job. It remains an abiding pleasure, though, to create something where there was nothing.
Are you a vivid dreamer?
Yes; of frequently strickening and torturous dreams.