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Meet Lisa Deas, IC Writer and Editor and lover of literature

Hailing from much sunnier climes than ours, Lisa is from New South Wales, Australia. Read on as Lisa chats about Netflix binges and her favourite fictional characters.

 

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
It’d be Miles Franklin, no doubt. She was born in Talbingo, in New South Wales, Australia, like me. It’s a tiny village with less than 300 residents, which controversially always finds itself on the cusp of losing its status as a town due to its dwindling population. She was a pioneering feminist writer in Australia – writing, funnily enough, about life as a pioneer!
She stood out to me as someone who didn’t want to take care of the homestead – she wanted to be a writer, and did just that, in a time where it was incredibly difficult for women to do so. She even used a masculine pen name in the hopes it would increase her chances of being published.
Her love of the isolated areas she grew up in resonated with me.

Where is your favourite place in the world?
My hometown, Talbingo. You know a place is special when it has its own song, well Talbingo has two (don’t bother Googling, you won’t find them).
Talbingo is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘big belly’. The story behind the town is that Aboriginal people used to come to the town to eat Bogong moths to fatten up, as it snows there in winter. Talbingo mountain, the backdrop of the village, looks like a man with a fat belly laying down – obviously not a reflection of the locals at all. 

What’s the best piece of advice you received?
Don’t apologise so much, especially about how you feel. This was advice that came from my Dad – he always says, “that’s what you felt like at the time, and you should never apologise for it.” It’s something that has resonated with me throughout my life and career – especially if I’m having a little cry! 

What fictional character would you like to meet?
Tina Belcher, from Bob’s Burgers. She’s just delightfully weird. She’s got odd obsessions, so I like to think we’d be best friends – although I’d obviously have to make sure I could dance.

What do you like to do on a rainy day?
I start a rainy day with the intention of being productive – always. I try to get into a book whenever I get the chance, but it doesn’t always happen – there’s a good chance it’ll turn into a spontaneous Netflix binge.
The bad thing is that I know the stuff that I binge isn’t even good – they’re often shows that are terrible *coughs* Shadow Hunters *coughs*. 

What’s a great book you’ve read?
I’ll tell you about the one that completely changed how I read. It was my first long-form novel. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. It’s about an English boy in South Africa during the 1930s and 1940s – it tackles tough subjects and was the first book to successfully make me sob uncontrollably – more importantly though, it made me realise that I loved reading.
When I’ve finished a good book I’m often in mourning. Where are the characters now? What are they doing? I get far too attached! 

What’s your favourite smell?
Freshly-baked bread. Who doesn’t love it?
If you ever see me creeping outside a bakery at 5am, you’ll know why.

 If you could pick a new name, what would it be?
This one’s a two-pronged response. Firstly, I’d go for Erin as a middle name, as my parents didn’t feel me worthy of gifting me with one.
Secondly, I think I’ve done well with my surname. There’s not many of us Deas about; it’s Deas like peas – definitely not like Cameron Diaz.