What motivates you as a writer?
Other strong women who have gone before me. Think Maya Angelou! If she were alive, I'd love to hear her recite ‘Still I Rise’ in her liquid-golden voice. Then I’d soak in whatever wisdom she wanted to pass down. Secrets of womanhood, sisterhood, writing. My hope as a writer is that I might be blessed enough to champion others into wild acts of bravery and self-love.
What types of books do you like to read?
Books that are both beautifully written (lyrical almost) and raw. Books that speak of courage, pain, struggles and messiness of being human. Those books that are on the fantastical side; magical realism is a favourite.
How has becoming a writer affected your won reading habits?
I read even more than before. I must fill the word tank daily. I adore poetry for its ability to distill language and paint humanity with so few words. I read with a view to what makes me lose myself in a story, why am I turning the page? I take notes. I try to incorporate this in my own work. I notice how the vulnerability of the writers I admire has the power to change me, to inspire me. I am braver in my own writing because of them.
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House, Australia, 2019
Australian Women's Weekly Book of the Month for August 2019
Meet Willa Waters, aged 8 . . . 33 . . . and 93.
On one impossible day in… 1965, eight-year-old Willa Waters receives a mysterious box containing a jar of water and the instruction: ‘One ocean: plant in the backyard.’ So she does - and somehow creates an extraordinary time-slip that allows her to visit her future selves.
On one impossible day in … 1990, Willa is 33 and a mother-of-two when her childhood self magically appears in her backyard. But she’s also a woman haunted by memories of her dark past – and is on the brink of a decision that will have tragic repercussions . . .
On one impossible day in … 2050 Willa is a silver-haired, gumboot-loving 93-year-old whose memory is fading fast. Yet she knows there’s something she has to remember, a warning she must give her past selves about a terrible event in 1990 . . . If only she could recall what it was.
A LIFETIME OF IMPOSSIBLE DAYS
-Australian Women's Weekly Book of the Month, AUG 2019-
"We are so used to novels that are almost trying to emulate real life to the nth degree. We need more novels that are creative in form and genre, that tell important stories within alternate contexts. So, ambitious it might be, but Tabitha Bird has really pulled it off...
This is a brilliant debut: highly creative and visionary in its execution."
"A very rare book that captures the delicate cycle of life, A Lifetime of Impossible Days is a brave and bold novel from a talented new voice in Australian fiction."
"A Lifetime of Impossible Days is the debut novel by Aussie author Tabitha Bird, is set in Boonah, Queensland, and I loved it. Captivating, funny, sad, haunting, magical – a story of hope, family, loyalty and impossibilities. The three Willas – Super Gumboots Willa (8); Middle Willa (33) and Silver Willa (93) – were wonderful characters. Grammy with her special ways and her jam drops was a delight (the recipe is at the back) and Frog Dog the Chihuahua who was always by Willa’s side. A very special novel that I’ll always remember. Highly recommended."