Lauren Draper is a Melbourne-based writer and marketing professional. She is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program and now works in children’s publishing—she loves nothing more than a story infused with magic, hijinks and a touch of nostalgia. The Museum of Broken Things, her debut novel, was acquired after it was shortlisted for the 2020 Text Prize. Her work has also been longlisted in the 2019 Richell Prize and has appeared in various non-fiction publications. She grew up in Western Australia, mostly on land but often in water. She now lives in Melbourne with a struggling coffee machine and moderately behaved golden retriever.
Our interview begins at 00:15:40
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In this interview, we chat about:
The medical artefact that inspired part of the storyline
Bringing Nana Blackwell to life even though she dies before the book begins
Exploring Reece's grief through the novel and dealing with grief in real life
The sibling relationships at the heart of the novel
Why Lauren wanted to "write a book about grief that wasn't sad"
Lauren's journey into working in publishing and getting her book deal