A Day in the Life of a Writer: Kali Napier

Kali Napier

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Kali Napier exploded onto the Australian fiction scene earlier this year with her critically acclaimed debut novel ‘The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge’. She is currently studying creative writing at The University of Queensland and is mum to two children. Life’s busy in the Napier household! Let’s see what keeps Kali busy.

A Day in the Life of Kali Napier

Tuesdays are a little atypical for me, as I don’t get any writing done until the evening. Usually, I like to touch base with my WiP first thing in the morning before moving on to other work. However, I am definitely not a morning person and have always been a night owl.

 

7:00: Wake up. Get up about half an hour later.

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8:15: Finally drag the kids out the door and to school. Drive to the bus stop and catch the bus to uni.

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9:15: After blessed coffee, plan my tasks for the day. (Mostly peruse social media.)

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9:30: Tutorial preparation and work on my thesis.

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12:30: Quick bite.

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1:00: Tutor second-year students in ‘writing for the professions’.

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2:30: Bus, drive, home.

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3:30: Catch up on social media and a few Booktube videos (SavidgeReads is a current fave).

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4:00: Take my daughter to her guitar lesson and me to the chiropractor.

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5:00: The usual shenanigans: yelling at the kids to do their homework, do their chores, eat their veggies, stop fighting, have a shower, stop licking me and each other… Manage to read a short story (from Laura Elvery’s Trick of the Light) and jot down notes for my thesis in-between this heady excitement.

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8:00: Read to my son. (Tonight it’s ‘The Toy Princess’ from Vasilisa the Wise by Kate Forsyth, illustrated by Lorena Carrington.) My daughter listens to audio books to sleep (Harry Potter – she loves Stephen Fry).

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8:15: Finally a chance to work on my WiP (interspersed with some social media and writing this post!).

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10:30: Read.

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12:30: Bed.

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Kali’s Favourite Thing About Being a Writer

Reading. That I don’t have to make up excuses for it, all the ‘I should be doing other things…’ That I can follow my curiosity down rabbit holes. That I find the missing pieces of my story randomly, forming connections, making meaning and sense, and adding layers. That it’s professional development.

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Kali Napier hard at work. What a clean desk!

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About Kali

Kali is a West Australian, living in the eastern states. She led a peripatetic childhood, growing up in rural England, Abu Dhabi, Algeria and Indonesia. As an adult, she continued to roam, and lived and worked in Bangladesh and Indigenous Australia as an anthropologist. She is currently an MPhil candidate in creative writing at The University of Queensland. And she has two beautiful and utterly ratbag children.

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Links to social media and website

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaliNapier (I’m always here)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaliNapierAuthor/ (book news)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kali.napier/ (book hauls, bookish events, and family)

Website: https://kalinapier.wordpress.com/ (I don’t blog)

 

Links to latest book

The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge (Hachette Australia) was published in Australia in January 2018, and is available at bookshops and discount department stores, and online. The B-Format (smaller and cheaper) will be released 27 December 2018, with the same cover but different coloured title.

I am very excited that the ebook was published in the UK (Piatkus) in July, with the paperback to be released very, very soon, on 27 September.

 

Links in Australia:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/search.ep?keywords=the+secrets+at+ocean%27s+edge&productType=917504

https://www.readings.com.au/products/24355844/the-secrets-at-oceans-edge

http://avidreader.com.au/products/the-secrets-at-oceans-edge

https://www.boffinsbooks.com.au/books/9780733637919/secrets-at-oceans-edge

https://www.qbd.com.au/the-secrets-at-oceans-edge/kali-napier/9780733637919/

Links in the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Oceans-Edge-heart-breaking-historical/dp/0349421846/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536059964&sr=8-1&keywords=the+secrets+at+ocean%27s+edge

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-secrets-at-oceans-edge/kali-napier//9780349421841

https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-secrets-at-oceans-edge-the-heart-breaking-historical-bestseller/9780349421841