‘It is urgent for you to reach the Borderlands. There, you will learn everything you need to know.’
Dale has never felt a sense of belonging. She despises the bullies and snobs at school, and her family are difficult to like, let alone love. Rhys, a new boy at school seems to take an interest in her. But can she trust him? When the only friend she has ever had, Old Man Gareth, is murdered before her eyes, she is set on a frantic journey and a lonely adventure; the Borderlands beckon. But what are the Borderlands? Will she make it to them? And if she gets there, will she belong?
An Interview with Aderyn Wood
What inspired you to write The Borderlands?We had a friend who lived on his boat and this gave me the idea to write about a girl who escapes everything by sailing away on a little boat.
What was the hardest part about writing it?Finding that balance between sympathy and pathos when writing a character who is a victim of bullying. It was tricky. In the first drafts Dale came off a bit whiney and pathetic.
If you met your hero in a bar, what would you talk about?Cats and sailing.
If you met your villain in a bar, what would you talk about?The art of manipulating the masses.
What’s one of your interests outside of writing that might surprise people who have never met you?Ducks. I currently have about thirty of them and spend a portion of every day herding them all over my little property. That's why I call myself 'duck herder' as well as writer.
What’s the most challenging/interesting part about living in Australia?In Australia, unlike many other places, the landscape remains green in winter thanks to all our eucalyptus trees.
What famous – or infamous even – book do you wish you’d written?The whole 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. I'd love to be able to write all those subplots without going crazy!
What's your favourite/song/album/artist from the 50s/60s/70s/80s/90s/today?My tastes in music are rather eclectic. Lately, I've been listening to Guns n Roses, Englebert Humperdink and Melody Gardot.
What’s the last TV series/film that blew you away and what was so good about it?Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an all time fav. What's so good about it? The humour mostly.
Imagine you’ve inherited a hippopotamus and one stipulation of the will is that you cannot give the hippo away or sell it to anyone. What would you do with the hippopotamus?Mmmm, would she guard my ducks against foxes?