Dacks of track on and slightly soiled? Check.
Face devoid of makeup? Check.
Hair lank and unloved? Check.
Clearly it’s a writing day.
And just as I happily tap in the 44,999th word of the w-i-p, the call comes in.
Could you do a 15-minute interview on bookish matters on 612 ABC Drive with Tim Cox?
Why, soitenly, I reply without a moment’s hesitation. When?
Ah… today. Is that OK?
Sure, why not?
After all, it’s radio, no-one cares about bad hair days.
So in I drive to the ABC’s salubrious new quarters next to the Wheel of Brisbane at Southbank, and chat happily for fifteen minutes on Drive with Tim Cox (a man who never has a bad hair day).
We talk about YA literature in general, and a number of books I’ve loved from classics like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë through to Favel Parrett’s stunning debut Past the Shallows on to one of my all-time favourite authors, Melina Marchetta.
Then, just as I’m about to take my bad hair day home, Tom the friendly Drive producer, takes a photo to mark the occasion.
Oh dear, radio is no longer the safe haven it used to be…
Click here, if you’d like to hear an excerpt from the interview I Rate the Book – ABC Queensland.
And please, try not to focus on the hair.