Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Screenwriter and bestselling author of 'The Honourable Thief', 'The Water Diviner', and 'The Pacific: In the Footsteps of Captain Cook.'

Multiple problems, to be honest.

So, you’re writing along, minding your own business, when out of nowhere, the opportunity to describe … er, how to put this?… an intimate scene pops up (no pun intended). Being a ‘no holds barred’ kinda person, I dive in, literarily speaking (no typo – literarily is the word I was going for).

Writing said scene is not an issue. The problems come later.

Problem no. 1: “Hey, mum! When can I read your book?”… CIA-level redaction ensues.

Problem no. 2: Not something I ever envisaged, but by all reports, such passages relayed on audio books while driving to work can be a little, ah, distracting.

And problem no. 3: if you know me personally, try looking me in the eye 👁 after you’ve read it. Yeah. Those are pictures you don’t need.

Important to remember – I’m a teller of stories and a person with a fairly active imagination. I make stuff up – it’s not necessarily inspired by personal experience… well, not all of it, anyway 🙄.

So, for those of you who’d rather not know where my mind sometimes takes me, in my new novel, The Emerald Tablet, you’d be advised to avoid the following pages: 118 – 121 and 375 – 377.

Oh, and you might like to skip over the first half of page 12 as well. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😜

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