Podcast: Kim Lock on Using Writing as an Outlet for Anxiety

Podcast: Kim Lock on Using Writing as an Outlet for Anxiety

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Kim Lock talks to Cheryl about her acute anxiety and how her experiences living with it inspired her latest novel, The Other Side of Beautiful.

About the author:

Kim Lock is an internationally published author of four novels. Her writing has also appeared in Kill Your DarlingsThe GuardianDaily Life and The Sydney Morning Herald online, among others. She lives in regional South Australia with her family.

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          Publisher details

          The Other Side of Beautiful
          Author
          Kim Lock
          Publisher
          HQ Fiction
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          06 July, 2022
          ISBN
          9781867255765

          Synopsis

          Lost & Found meets The Rosie Project in a stunning break-out novel where a vulnerable misfit is forced to re-engage with the world, despite her best efforts.

          Meet Mercy Blain, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately for Mercy, this goes beyond the disaster it would be for most people: she hasn't been outside that house for two years now.

          Flung out into the world she's been studiously ignoring, Mercy goes to the only place she can. Her not-quite-ex-husband Eugene's house. But it turns out she can't stay there, either. And so begins Mercy's unwilling journey. After the chance purchase of a cult classic campervan (read tiny, old and smelly), with the company of her sausage dog, Wasabi, and a mysterious box of cremated remains, Mercy heads north from Adelaide to Darwin.

          On the road, through badly timed breakdowns, gregarious troupes of grey nomads, and run-ins with a rogue adversary, Mercy's carefully constructed walls start crumbling. But what was Mercy hiding from in her house? And why is Eugene desperate to have her back in the city? They say you can't run forever...

          Exquisite, tender and wry, this is a break-out novel about facing anxiety and embracing life from an extraordinary new talent.

          Kim Lock
          About the author

          Kim Lock

          Kim Lock is an internationally published author of four novels. Her writing has also appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Guardian, Daily Life and The Sydney Morning Herald online, among others. She lives in regional South Australia with her family. 

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          1. Em says:

            Absolutely loved this podcast! It was great to learn about Kim and her love of books and how her anxiety has influence this latest novel! Definitely going to read this asap

          2. Jessy says:

            Loved listening to the podcast and loved the book .