Felicity McLean is the author of The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone. Part mystery, part coming of age story, it is the enthralling story of three sisters who go missing one night in the long hot summer of 1992.
Previously, McLean has worked as a journalist and also as a ghostwriter, most recently for Liesel Jones, with whom she wrote Body Lengths.
As far as influences in her literary career, McLean says that Robert Dessaix’s Night Letters opened her eyes to the possibilities in fiction. Whenever she listens to Radiohead’s album OK Computer she has the urge to pick up a pen while Sophia Coppola is her film influence.
Her advice to aspiring writers: “Read. Read widely and voraciously. Reading will teach you everything you could ever want to know about writing. More importantly: you can call it work even when the rest of us know you’re so obviously just hooked on your book”.