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Sulari Gentill
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Sulari Gentill

How to pronounce Sulari Gentill: suh-LAH-ree GEN-tle

Sulari Gentill Biography

After setting out to study astrophysics, graduating in law and then abandoning her legal career to write books, Sulari Gentill now grows French black truffles on her farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of Australia. Her Rowland Sinclair mysteries have won and/or been shortlisted for the Davitt Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and her stand-alone metafiction thriller, After She Wrote Him won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in 2018. Her tenth Sinclair novel, A Testament of Character, was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Best Crime Novel in 2021.

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Interview

A conversation with Sulari Gentill about her writing process and her novel, The Mystery Writer.

This is the third standalone mystery you've written that deals with writers and the writing process (following After She Wrote Him and The Woman in the Library ). Did you have specific goals in mind for each book before you started writing? What were they?

Prior to beginning a novel, I'm not sure I have any specific goal beyond writing a good book. I'm not a plotter. I just sit down and start writing. For me, the story unfolds as I write it. I don't really know what will be on the next page, let alone at the end of the book, and I discover what I'm trying to say through the novel as a whole as I write it. A phrase or a piece of dialogue written intuitively will seize me, and I'll realize that this is what this book is really about. Perhaps I do have a goal at the outset, but I'm not consciously aware of it. But at some point in the story, that goal becomes clear or at least clearer. In After She Wrote Him, I found myself writing a mystery that spoke about the writer's relationship with her characters. The Woman in the Library turned out to be about the relationship between the writer and the reader, and how the real world influences the imagination. The Mystery Writer is about the writer's...

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