Georgia Blain is the author of six novels including Closed for Winter, Candelo, The Blind Eye, Names For Nothingness and the young adult novel Darkwater. Her most recent novel Too Close to Home explores the clash between the personal and the political in the lives of several adults in Sydney's Marrickville at the time of Kevin Rudd's overthrow.
She was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists in 1998, and has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Two of her novels have been optioned for feature films, including Closed for Winter, which was filmed as Elise in 2007.
She shares her reflections on searching yourself for your writing, researching your home suburb, on writing about modern day racism, parental responsibility and her advice for writers.