Culture Street


How would you describe your novel, Perfect North?

Perfect North is a compelling tale of adventure, romance, deception and mystery drawn from the true story of a Swedish balloon expedition to the North Pole in the late 1800s.

What was your inspiration for Perfect North?

Initially the writing of a book was provoked by a friendly challenge laid down by my journalist husband who was fed up with me nagging him to write a book. Around the same time I came across the fascinating and tragic story of a Swedish balloon expedition to the North Pole in the late 1800s. I thought it would be a great starting point for a novel.

When do you write? Is it possible to create a work/life balance with a young family?

I have two young sons so my routine has to fit around theirs. My eldest is at school and my youngest is in child care three days a week. On those three days, during school hours, I work with a single-minded intensity of purpose. Iím disappointed when I have to stop to eat. During the rest of the week I attempt to write when itís possible. For instance, when my thirteen-month-old is asleep or my husband is giving the boys a bath. They are only brief moments of time that I am able to snatch but because Iím thinking of the story constantly, when I sit down at the computer I find the words flow very freely.

What was it like to receive your first publishing contract?

It was absolutely thrilling. I genuinely thought the manuscript of Perfect North would never see the light of day but to have three publishers enthusiastic about my story Ö I was absolutely floored.

What are your greatest literary influences?

My favourite author is Jane Austen. Her novels never fail to captivate and surprise me. I also have a passion for John Irving, A.S. Byatt and Hilary Mantel. Mantelís historical fiction has had a major impact on the way I think about writing and the structure and boundaries of fiction. My husband, Chris has also influenced my work. As a journalist, he has taught me the power of brevity in writing.

What is next for you?

I want to keep writing! I recently submitted my second novel for publication Ė The Presidentís Lunch Ė which will be released in October 2014. I have also just begun researching and writing my third novel. It is set in the early 1700s Ė the golden age of piracy.

Perfect North by Jenny Bond has just been released, published by Hachette.

You Might Also Like


What are you reading this week?

We are currently reading Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser.

On January 24, 2013


Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon

By Sophia Whitfield

On November 16, 2015


A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi

Penny Vincenzi is one of the UKís best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fifteen bestselling novels, including†The Decision†and...

On November 3, 2017


Interview: Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke is the number one go-to advisor for Australian girls and women. Her best-selling books include Girl Stuff, Women's Stuff, Up the Duff, Kidwrangling, and a series of ebooks...

On November 9, 2017


Madeline Ash selects Five Books of Influence

Madeline has always lived in Melbourne. She is emotionally allergic to spontaneity, and yet doesn't mind the weather that drags her into rain when she's planned for sunshine. She likes...

On February 18, 2015
Copyright © 2012 - 2018 Culture Street