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?
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
Stay connected with Hazel!
Events & Appearances 2021
Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
Jan 12th ZOOM U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic Book here. 'For the Love of Writing' Festival
Feb 16th ZOOM 'Role of New Media'
Feb 20th 12.15 ZOOM with Suzanne Gervay 'The Two of Us: Collaborating'