TEGAN BENNETT DAYLIGHT
Tegan Bennett Daylight is an essayist, fiction writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as books for children and teenagers. Her latest book, Six Bedrooms, a short story collection, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Steele Rudd Award and the ALS Gold Medal in 2016.
Tegan's essays and long-form reviews have been published in The Guardian, Best Australian Essays 2016 and 2015, Island Magazine, The Australian, The Sydney Review of Books and Good Weekend magazine. She has lectured in English and Creative Writing at universities for twenty years, and lives in the Blue Mountains with her husband and two children. At present she is working on a collection of essays.
How would you describe your creative process?
'My creative process is really simple – I read, and I write! I try to keep a story or an essay in progress by visiting with it as much as I can, and I try to find books that are in conversation with what I’m doing. I find that if I have the right book on the go, it speaks to what I’m writing, and the conversation stays alive in my head. And if the conversation is alive, I’m irresistibly drawn back to the work. And when I’m in the work I do two things: write in sudden rushes and flurries, and then spend a lot of time rereading, tilting sentences this way and that, and pruning. I love to edit.'
For more about Tegan, visit www.teganbennettdaylight.com