Liane Moriarty books have always been popular, but since her novel Big Little Lies was turned into a smash-hit TV show on Sky starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman amongst a host of other stars, her popularity has sky rocketed! We sat down with the talented author to talk about the show’s success and her next novel…
The dramatisation of your novel Big Little Lies has been a huge success. Did you have any input in its making?
I’ve just flown in from Monterey where they were filming. My novel is actually set in Sydney but the move to the West Coast of the USA worked really well. It was so fascinating meeting Nicole Kidman, Reece Witherspoon and the others. They have produced an amazing series. My only comment is that the costumes for the Audrey Hepburn trivia night were a little too good – in Australia some of the costumes would have been a bit rubbish!
You’ve written seven novels – what inspired you to write in the first place?
I’ve always loved reading and writing but it was when my younger sister Jaclyn wrote a wonderful novel and got a publishing contract that sibling rivalry really pushed me to write too.
Where do you get your ideas from?
I am a great listener. I stay quiet and listen to other people’s conversations – their verbal ticks, the stories they tell and I watch people’s different characters. I’m listening to the conversations going on round me now – some of these might make it into my next book!
In your novel The Husband’s Secret, you include a final chapter which is a kind of ‘What if’ section. Do you enjoy that ‘Sliding Doors’ type thinking?
Yes, very much. In fact, some people thought I should not have put that at the end of the Husband’s Secret but I insisted. I love the thought that life turns on very small incidents and how everything could have been so different.
As we’ve said you come from a literary family…
Yes my sister Jaclyn had a publishing contract before me with her fantastic novel Feeling Sorry for Celia, but I also have another sister Nicola who has brought out two novels: Paper Chains and Free-falling.
You’re a bit like the Brontes then?
[Laughs] Well, not quite.
Your latest novel Truly, Madly, Guilty is just out in paperback. What was the inspiration?
Again it was a ‘What if’. The story revolves around an incident at a barbecue but what if the people had refused the invitation? It’s just another example of how an ordinary Sunday afternoon can turn into something else entirely.
Interview by: Joanna Czechowska