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  • Chenee Marrapodi

Danielle Binks: Launching a book from lockdown

Author and literary agent Danielle Binks has released two books during the COVID pandemic. This week on Writers off the Page, she discusses her new YA novel, The Monster of her Age, plus feminism in horror, what publishers expect from a first draft, how to find your voice and much more.

Based in Melbourne, Danielle Binks is an author and a literary agent with Jacinta di Mase Management.

She’s had not one, but two books released during the pandemic - the middle grade novel The Years the Maps Changed, and most recently, her young adult novel The Monster of her Age.

The Monster of her Age is the story of Ellie Marsden, who was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only role playing the child monster in a cult horror movie. The experience left Ellie deeply traumatised and estranged from people she loved.

Now seventeen, Ellie has returned home to Hobart for the first time in years. Lottie is dying and Ellie wants to make peace with her before it’s too late. But forgiveness feels like playing make-believe, and memories are like ghosts.

In the above interview, Danielle Binks shares her secret to getting your manuscript publisher ready.


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