Colleen McCullough was born 1 June 1937, and died 29 January 2015.
- I have an editor in my head. That’s why I can’t read Harry Potter, because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
- It’s a dead give away of an inexperienced writer if every character speaks with the same voice.
- My fictitious characters will take the bit between their teeth and gallop off and do something that I hadn’t counted on. However, I always insist on dragging them back to the straight and narrow.
- I will never use swear words unless they’re necessary and unless I feel that is what the character would have said in those circumstances.
- Once I’ve got the first draft down on paper then I do five or six more drafts, the last two of which will be polishing drafts. The ones in between will flesh out the characters and maybe I’ll check my research.
- I think explicit love scenes are a turn off unless it’s the kind you read with one hand.
McCullough was an Australian author best-known for The Thorn Birds, which sold 30 million copies, and The Masters of Rome series.
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