Christine Piper winner of the Vogel 2014 was interviewed by Susan Wyndham then literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Piper, 35, just met the age limit. Her debut novel, After Darkness… after five years’ work arose ”from vague concept to final PDF”.
‘It was written as part of her doctorate of creative arts at the University of Technology, Sydney…
‘”I remember saying I wanted to be a writer from at least the age of 10,” Piper said.
‘With a bachelor of media from Macquarie University she wrote and edited for magazines but ”got serious” about creative writing with fellowships in the US and published short stories in journals and anthologies.
”When I was growing up in Australia I had a sense that I was an outsider,” she said. ”When I had finished high school at 17 I went on exchange to Japan and thought I would find my identity… I’m a writer so it will always be like that…”
‘Piper will soon return to New York, where she and her Australian fund-manager husband moved recently…’