Hazel Edwards



“Creativity is the fun of putting
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The Next Big Thing

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The Next Big Thing - Hazel Edwards

Thanks to Narrelle Harris, Hazel has just been tagged in the 'Next Big Thing' blog chain highlighting forthcoming projects within the Australian literary scene. Read through Hazel's responses here..and see which writers have been tagged next!

1. What is the working title of your next project?

My next project is f2m The Documentary. This is a short doco covering the reactions to my controversial Young Adult novel, ‘f2m;the boy within’ co-written with Ryan Kennedy.

2. Where did the idea come from?

f2m;the boy within’ within is a story about transitioning gender. As a result it has created mixed reactions from both readers, teachers, librarians and parents. We have received positive feedback from people relieved to see this issue portrayed in fiction which provides an opportunity to openly discuss the topic. On the flipside, we have also been told of teacher throwing the book into the bin in front of her students and saying ‘Don’t read this rubbish.’

So the documentary is not so much about the story, but the censorship issues and responses to a subject some fear because they do not understand.

3. What genre does your project/book fall under?

The original book,‘f2m;the boy within’, is ‘coming of age’ young adult (YA) fiction. The documentary will be interview based and focus on gender, censorship and psychological issues in relation to media. It may also touch on creative collaboration in a digital age, as the book was co-written across two countries.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

This project is a documentary, so Ryan – my co-author who has transitioned, will play himself.  If the book did become a movie, casting would be a challenge. 

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Coping successfully with being different and the importance of family and friends reactions when transitioning gender.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Co-writing the original novel ‘f2m;the boy within’ within took one year and 30 drafts as it was completed via e-mail and Skype across the Tasman as Ryan is New Zealand based and I live in Melbourne.

I anticipate that the documentary should be much faster!

7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There is very little around on the topic of ftm (female to male) transition. ‘Luna’ by Julie Anne Peters is an excellent Young Adult novel about mtf (male to female) transition.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Ryan, my co-author, whom I have known for twenty years. However it is fiction – which offers a ‘distancing’ and non threatening way to introduce discussion, even within a family. 

9. What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

The book and the documentary provide insight into a world most know little about.

10. Next Big Thing Tags

Now - here are the tags to the Next Big Thing links:

The original tag came from Narrelle Harris

 

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Events & Appearances 2019

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Masterclass: Complete Your Book in a Year.

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2020

FEBRUARY

Feb 19th  1. 30-1pm  OAM Wheelers' Hill Library

MARCH

March 1st (Sun) 1-4pm  Ivanhoe Library 'Writing Non Boring History for Grandkids' 

March 3rd  Dymocks First Tues Bookclub. 6.30  ' Hippo's 4oth' Bookings via Penguin here.

March 4th  International Women's Day. Box Hill Town Hall 6.30

March 6th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

March 27th  Society of Women Writers: 'Authorpreneurship' workshop

APRIL

April 3rd  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

April 18th  SCBWI   The Dock Library

MAY

May 1st  PROV  'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

May 30th TBC  Library Week  Rosanna Library 1-4 pm 'Writing a Non- Boring Family History' 

JUNE

June 5th  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

20/21st  Willy Festival  20/20

JULY

July 3rd PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

AUGUST

August 7th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

Book Week; Larrikin Puppets Musical of 'Hijabi Girl:

SEPTEMBER

Sept 4th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

OCTOBER

Oct 2nd  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

NOVEMBER

Nov 6th  PROV  'Complete Your Book in a Year'

DECEMBER

Dec 4th PROV Mini Book launch


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