Karly Lane is an accomplished, established Australian rural author with a smart and sassy voice whom I’ve been following since the early days. There are a couple of novels that I’ve missed but I do plan to get back to them at some point.
Her latest release is Fool Me Once, which has just released, and we were fortunate to find out a little more about Karly and her career in this interview so grab a cuppa and put your feet up to get to know her a little better.
2020 marks the 10th year of being published with Allen & Unwin, how does that make you feel?
Old!!! But incredibly proud and very lucky. I’m so grateful that Allen & Unwin have given me so much support and continue to allow me to write my books for them.
Do you still get the same emotional reaction when you hold the first copy of a new Karly Lane book?
Absolutely! In fact, I think if that feeling ever went away, then I’d probably stop writing, because it would mean that I no longer appreciated all the hard work and the huge process it takes to create a book.
Fool Me Once is your 15th novel and the latest release, can you tell us a bit about it please?
This story centres around, Georgie, a farmer, who has a dream of one day buying her own property.
Where did the inspiration for the story come from?
I’d always had a dream to buy back my grandparent’s property one day and I guess this was my way of living that dream through Georgie.
Are any of the farms featured in the book real properties?
Parts of the properties I’ve used are based on real places, like most things in my books, I do tend to draw on memories of places I’ve lived or been to, but mostly they’re just made up.
What research did you need to do to write this one, and how did you research?
Other than a bit of fact checking, I didn’t need to do a lot of research, but as usual any farming info I needed to check, I turn to my vast list of amazing farming friends I have.
Have you come into contact with corporations like those explored in Fool Me Once?
Not personally, but the whole foreign ownership thing and buying up of our Australian properties is a big concern.
Does Georgie remind you of farmers that you know?
Georgie is representative of so many amazing women who have chosen farming as their career. Women in this field have for years been largely ignored, when in fact they have always made up a huge proportion of an unpaid, unrecognised work force. Thankfully, they’re now beginning to get the recognition they deserve. Women, and now a lot of young women, are becoming leaders in our agriculture industry, not only here in Australia, but all around the world.
How important do you think it is to incorporate secondary income streams in farming?
It’s becoming vital for a lot of farming families. We’ve just had the recent drought and then fires which have all but decimated so much of our farming industry, and incomes from diversifying were sometimes the only thing helping keep these properties afloat. I have to give a special shout out to the One Day Closer to Rain, Facebook initiative that was set up to help support rural Australian businesses, many of whom were from small rural and regional areas of Australia making things to sell online to earn an extra income.
Have you seen more properties in your area diversifying in the way that Georgie has?
I’ve noticed a big jump in B&B’s and farm stay accommodation, which personally, I think is awesome. It’s a great way to promote Australian agriculture and also help support local businesses in rural areas.
Are you working on anything new you can tell us about?
The December release is already in editing and for readers who remember Jason Weaver, the slightly jaded, yet loveable character from Someone Like You, he features in the new book, Something Like This.
Wife, mother, farmer, author… how do you find time to fit it all in?
I guess it’s like anything, if you love doing it, you just find a way. I’m very lucky though, that I’m able to write full time and I try to work a couple of books ahead so I don’t have to panic too much about deadlines.
What is your favourite time of day to write and do you have a favourite place to do it?
I have an office, but I can’t see the horses from there, so I just write in my loungeroom where I can see them for most of the day. I try to write on a bit of a schedule from nine to three, but it’s not always possible, so I just do as much as I can whenever I get the chance.
Thanks for your time Karly, good luck with the release. I certainly look forward to Something Like This, I’ll have to keep an eye out.
Fool Me Once is published by Allen & Unwin and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold. In these uncertain times it would be great to try and support a local bookstore, many of the ones in my area have put systems in place to fulfil orders even though their physical stores may be closed to the public.