Hi! Welcome to my website! I feel as if I should introduce myself; I was a radio producer a long time ago, and I used to write intros for all sorts; politicians, actors, singers, community leaders, news makers and some guy who had his head bitten by a crocodile (he dropped out) (not because his head fell off – Channel 9 gazumped us) (should have done a pre-record). Anyway, it’s hard to write about yourself, and a bit creepy. So here’s a couple of intro’s for Anthea Hodgson. She’s in the studio in front of a microphone and she’s fiddling with her cans (and yes – she knows that sounds bad).
Feel free to choose the one you like.
Anthea Hodgson is a woman in a hurry. She wrote her debut novel The Drifter in five weeks, and pitched it to Penguin in five minutes. Although she would tell you she doesn’t know how to write because she’s never really learned, it seems that she’s wrong, because once she had found her story, she rushed to her computer at 3 o’clock each morning to catch the words as they fell out of her and into her debut novel, The Drifter, a nostalgic look back at slower days, when living and dying seemed to take longer.
*Our next guest is a terrible faker. For starters she’s been dyeing her hair red for years. Also, you should know that she faked music lessons, rashes and a menstrual cycle that should have seen her hospitalised, to get out of swimming lessons at school, and as a result she can barely swim a stroke. So you probably shouldn’t believe her when she tells you she starred in a movie with Richard Attenborough. Or that she once stowed away on a RAAF Hercules and flew a eight hundred miles for lunch. Or that a long time ago Princess Anne gave her an award for pulling her socks up and standing up straight. Her name’s Anthea Hodgson, and she reckons she has written a romance about death, but she’s probably making that up, too.
If you were to write a novel, you would think you’d have to have a bit of imagination, wouldn’t you? Don’t believe it for a second. Just ask our next guest Anthea Hodgson, who wrote her debut novel with no thought to actually making stuff up. The Drifter is filled with real stuff from her life; so much so that it’s really only a tiny bit fiction. From the strong women who ran her community, to her family, friends, workmates, pets and the beauty of her wheatbelt farm – it’s all in there. She’s even stolen some stories from her past and scattered the names of people she loves like grains of wheat through her pages … what’s not in there, though, is the death of her father. And in a way, he was the one who started it all.
Anthea Hodgson, welcome to the show.