Interview with Carmel McMurdo Audsley
by Agnes A. Rose
Carmel McMurdo Audsley lives in
( Brisbane ). After a career as a Journalist
and Editor, now she spends her time researching and writing historical fiction
novels. She holds a Bachelor's degree majoring
in Journalism, Literature and Philosophy. She has published a trilogy of novels
based on her family history in Australia entitled “Ours, Yours and Mines”,
“Far Across The Sea” and “Faeries, Farms and Folk”, which details life from the
green fields of farm towns to the gritty closeness of life in the miners’ rows
to the sunny shores of Scotland . Australia has started a blog essentially for
readers of her trilogy who want to improve their knowledge about the real
family in the story and to keep in touch while she writes the sequel. Carmel ’s blog may also provide useful tips
for writers. Carmel
Agnes A. Rose:
, I am very honored that
I can host you on my blog and talk to you. At the beginning I would like to ask
you for telling us something more about yourself. So far your books have not
published in Carmel so I think that my
readers want to know more about you. Poland
Agnes A. Rose: I am very interested to find out how much important history is to you. Do you read many books on this subject?
Agnes A. Rose: You have just published a trilogy of novels based on your family story. What was the genesis of these books? Is it a story you have wanted to tell for a long time?
Agnes A. Rose: Could you tell us something more about each of these books? I mean their storyline.
I followed up that book in 2013 with ‘Far Across The Sea’ which continued the story, and covered two world wars and the Great Depression before my father left
to try his luck in Scotland . He intended to work in Australia for two years, Australia for two years and America for two years but he never made it
back to Canada . He met my mother and he stayed in Scotland . The book details his mother’s
heartbreak at never again seeing her only son. In 2014 ‘Faeries, Farms and
Folk’ was published as a prequel to the first book. It goes back to the
mid-1600s when witch hunting in Australia was at its peak and the church
ruled people’s lives. The people were farmers who were very superstitious and
believed in faeries and ghosts and witches. A lot of the so-called ‘witches’
were just poor old women who didn’t have the money to take care of themselves
and had become haggard and dressed in ragged clothes. People were often afraid of them and blamed
them for anything that happened to their animals or families. The books can be
read as a series or each book can be read as a stand-alone story. Scotland
Agnes A. Rose: How long did it take to write the books?
Agnes A. Rose: I think that the research for these books must have been massive. Was it daunting or fun to you?
Agnes A. Rose: Did you intend to write a trilogy when you started?
Agnes A. Rose: I know that this story is a trilogy but maybe in spite of all you are planning to write another part of this history in the future?
Agnes A. Rose: From my point of view historical novels are more and more popular not only in my country but also all over the world. Why do you think they are?
Agnes A. Rose: Could you tell us what your readers’ opinion about your trilogy is?
Agnes A. Rose: Once you worked as a Newspaper Journalist and Magazine Editor. Why did you give up this kind of job and decide to write books?
Agnes A. Rose: You are first generation Australian but your family comes from
. Could you tell us something more
about your family’s history? Scotland
Agnes A. Rose: In my opinion
is a very mysterious and
historically rich country. Do you know any Scottish legend you could tell us? Scotland
Agnes A. Rose: Do you sometimes miss
? Would you like to move out there
one day? Scotland
Agnes A. Rose: Is there a writer you would like to meet? If so, who is it?
Carmel McMurdo Audsley: I prefer not to meet people I admire as sometimes your illusions are shattered and it is better to think of them in the way that you want and not as they really are. There are some great writers who have lived not-so-great lives. There are also many people who are great writers but who never get the recognition. Popularity and great writing don’t always go together.
Agnes A. Rose: Do you have a most interesting question or crazy anecdote related to your writing you would like to share?
Agnes A. Rose: Finally, I would like to ask you about your future writing plans. What are you working on now?
Agnes A. Rose:
, thank you so much for this
pleasant conversation. I hope that your trilogy will be published in Carmel very soon. I wish you all the best
for your further creative work. Is there anything further you wish to say in
If you want to read this interview in Polish, please click here.