About Nova Weetman, writer.
I've been writing stories since I was 12. My first book was called The Jelly People. A gruesome tale about a cloud that falls across a land and turns the entire world into jelly except for a plane full of 12-year-olds, who then have to survive the new world order. It's basically a post-apocalyptic story with some jelly throwing and jelly eating tossed in for good fun. Actually it’s really dark and sort of disturbing, and reading it now does make me wonder what was going on in my 12-year-old brain!
I used to write on an old black typewriter. The sort you’d see in a detective film. Now I don’t. Now I have my own studio space with a messy desk, lots of chocolate wrappers and a strange contraption to hold up my laptop. So very modern. But I sometimes miss my old typewriter. If I was having a bad day when I was a kid, I could press down on every key and jam it up. It always made me feel better. But that’s much harder to do with a laptop.
I have two kids. A girl and a boy. I still wrote a lot before I had kids but mainly for TV shows like Neighbours and the mermaid series, H20, or short films and short stories. After I had kids, we spent a lot of time reading and it made me remember all the books I’d loved reading when I was younger. So I pulled out all my old faves from writers like Paul Zindel, Judy Blume and SE Hinton and started re-reading them. THEY ARE SO GOOD! Real. Honest. And funny. And remembering how important the characters were to me when I was a teenager made me realise that’s what I wanted to do. Write stories that snuck into a reader’s heart so they’d fall in love with them, just like I did.
So I hope you like my books. Or at least one of them. Or a sentence or two. Or even just the title. Because I’m having a great time writing them.
Where I write
I share my desk with my partner who is a playwright. It’s pretty crazy having two writers in the house, even though we write very different things. It’s mostly good. We can give each other honest feedback and advice. Sometimes, though, if we are both feeling frustrated or haven’t had a job for a while, it’s a bit rough.
When I’m not in the studio and not downstairs in the cafe, then I’m generally hanging out in op shops, making my kids watch classic films that I loved when I was a kid like The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday, reading, cooking, or seeing friends. There are also quite a few games of Uno, Cluedo and Scrabble thrown in.
And I totally love riding my bike. Especially at night. When the bats are out in force.