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All About: Outsider by Jade du Preez

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by Jade du Preez

Released: Feb 06, 2024

Genre: Literary Fiction

Why this book and why now?

I have been working on versions of my manuscript for at least 10 years, but I was inspired to complete it after the semester I spent studying law in Japan in 2017. I got to meet international law students and also Japanese artists, poets and designers. Their stories and that time generated a stronger sense of where the novel needed to go.

My background is in visual arts, but during the pandemic when exhibitions and in-person events became difficult, I got back into writing with regular Zoom sessions as a way to connect with a creative practice.

What is a significant way your book has changed since either the first draft or the way you thought it would turn out when you first had the inspiration?

Over time I understood where and when it needed to be situated. Experience of some of the economic and political views that were relevant provided a richer work.

The novel changed from a more poetic work into something tied to a moment in time.

What’s your main character(s)’s favorite book and why?

I had chosen “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It’s a book I also love because it’s about wonder and friendship; what to value and how the values we are conditioned to adopt as adults can be silly when interrogated.

What 3 things would your main character want with them if they got stranded away from civilization, and why?

I’d say phone, cigarettes and (to be practical) a lighter. Why? Because she didn’t think too far ahead!

Publishing a book is a huge accomplishment and it’s time to party! Choose a celebratory beverage for one of your main characters to toast the release of your new book.

I would have said sparkling sakura wine, but its a little early for hanami season. There is a sake called Bishonen, that translates to “Beautiful boy” – I think we may get some of that for the launch party!

Meet Jade du Preez!

Jade (she/her) is an Aotearoa New Zealand-based author and an award-winning writer of short fiction. Working on her forthcoming novel has provided her an opportunity to tell a story involving art, Japanese culture, legal complexities, and—best of all—people.

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