WRECK was my first read by Fleur Ferris, and I’m happy enough to say it did not disappoint.
Fleur Ferris is the queen of #LoveOzYA thrillers, and I’m definitely going to have to read her others. I was lucky enough to ask Fleur some questions and you can see all of her answers below. It’s so interesting to have some behind-the-scenes!
- What’s the most interesting thing you’ve had to research for one of your novels? Anything that you might be put on a watch list for?
Research is one of my favourite things. When I was writing BLACK I researched water plants and dam supplies for towns and cities and how a town or city might be poisoned via those waterways. A few weeks before, for a middle-grade fantasy story, I had researched government departments employed to monitor and assess threats to our country. The thought of being placed on a watch list, or worse, raided and arrested in the night, did cross my mind.
- What draws you to writing thrillers?
It’s just my personal taste, my favourite genre – thrillers are what I love to read and what I love to watch. Even if I added other elements to my work such as sci-fi or fantasy, they would still be thrillers.
- Do you watch any crime/thriller shows? Or are they kind of ruined for you?
I love watching crime/thriller shows. I love to watch a movie exactly as the director/producer wanted a viewer to see it, so I never read reviews before watching in case of spoilers. They are not ruined for me because I write thrillers. If I come across a thriller I particularly love I might watch it a few times and take notes about how they’ve created characters, plotlines, tension and pace. Often I’m left thinking, “I wish I’d written that!”
- WRECK has a big emphasis on having faith in the system – both the policing system and the judicial system. Is this something that’s important to you?
Absolutely. Without trustworthy, dependable and credible policing and judicial systems we have anarchy. This is not to say there are no cracks in our systems, which is why analysis and reviewing processes are so important.
- Tamara, in the book, wants to be a journalist that only reports good stories, which I really love. I mean, this is kind of a rhetorical question, but can this be a thing please?
I hope so! I don’t want to put my head in the sand about what is happening in the world, but an early evening news channel that censors the level of graphic images so I don’t have to worry about what the kids might see would be good.
- Finally, what’s your favourite part of being a #LoveOzYA author?
Making friends with other LoveOzYA community members. The LoveOzYA community is so friendly and supportive and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.
As for what I thought? I loved it.
It’s a short read, fast-paced, and you’re constantly guessing what happens next. I loved the journalism influences, I loved Tamara as an MC, and the faith she had in the policing system. Book buying ban be damned – I’m off to Dymocks to buy Fleur Ferris’ other books.
Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. O-weeks awaits, which means parties, cute boys and settling into student res with her best friend Relle. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is this mysterious note? And why does it mean so much to one of Australia’s most powerful media moguls? Caught between a bitter rivalry and dangerous family secret, who can Tamara trust? Or should she trust herself?
Thanks to Penguin for the review copy!
If you’re a writer, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research? For the readers, do you enjoy a good thriller? I’m always looking for great YA thrillers!