My latest book Stagefright has just been released in Australia and should be in shops now. Stagefright is the only book I’ve written that is set now. It is the story of a bunch of students at a sports-mad school, who put on a musical. The multicultural group of students, some who have musical talents, some who do not, decide on a musical version of Shakespeare’s tragedy Richard III.
Richard III, who was king of England for a short period between 1483 and 1485 has unexpectedly been in the news in the last weeks as his skeleton was found buried under a carpark in the city of Leicester, England. Proved to be his skeleton by DNA testing, this confirms that Richard did have a curved spine, which would be disappointing news for Velvet S Pye, the main character in Stagefright, who does not believe that Richard was the bad guy that history has painted.
This book is special to me as it is not only my lastest book, it was also my first published book. How is this possible, I hear you say? Well I wrote the book back in 1995 (partly with two fingers when I broke my wrist). It was published back then as part of a series of teen novels. In the strange workings of publishing, Maryann Ballantyne, who was my editor back then, is now my publisher. She didn’t know me very well back in 1995 and when she read my manuscript her comment was “I didn’t know you were funny, Carole!” Anyway she came across the book last year and suggested that I update and rewrite it. And I did. I had a lot of fun revisiting Velvet and her friends and bringing the story into the 21st century.