Danielle Binks was one of the very first people to join us on Better Words, but we’ll be honest the sound quality is pretty bad so don’t try to listen! Anyway, our guest has supported the show from the very beginning and is one of the biggest champions of Australian literature for young adults and children. She is a literary agent and editor - the person who helped several of our previous guests secure their publishing deals. In 2017, she edited the first #LoveOzYA anthology of short stories. Her debut middle grade novel, The Year the Maps Changed was a CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers 2021 and shortlisted for multiple awards. Today, though, we are discussing her debut young adult novel The Monster of Her Age.
Our interview starts at 14 minutes.
Just a note before you begin, this episode does include discussions of abuse in the film and theatre industry as well as grief and loved ones dying.
The Murder Box by Olivia Kiernan
A gripping psychological thriller about a murder mystery game that's being played IRL.
*Note: Michelle read a PR copy from Quercus.
Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon
An innovative and exciting YA where lives collide in a New York City blackout.
*Note: Caitlin read a PR copy through her role at Harper Collins.
In this interview, we chat about:
Danielle’s impressive journey from blogger to #LoveOzYA champion, agent, editor and writer
How the Barrymore acting clan, old Hollywood and Danielle’s love of horror films inspired The Monster of Her Age
Why Danielle wanted to explore the exploitation of children stars through the lens of the horror genre
The beauty of Hobart and why it’s the setting for Monster of Her Age
The exploration of grief in the book and waiting for a loved one to die
Danielle’s journey from agent to publication and her top tips for writers looking to get published
Books and other things mentioned
Only Murders in the Building (TV series)
The Cleaner (TV series)
Floored by Eleanor Wood, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson, Melinda Salisbury, Non Pratt, Sara Barnard and Tanya Byrne