Author/Editor Episode #06: Trent Dalton, Scott Forbes & Catherine Milne
Trent Dalton + Scott Forbes + Catherine Milne
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutesThis episode features another local and well-loved author, Trent Dalton, in conversation with his editor at HarperCollins, Scott Forbes, and his publisher Catherine Milne (who is returning from 2021’s Author/Editor series!), who worked on the structural edits. They delve into the editing and publishing journeys of Trent’s books Boy Swallows Universe, All Our Shimmering Skies and his most recent publication Love Stories.
Trent Dalton is the author of the international bestselling, multi-award-winning Boy Swallows Universe (HarperCollins, 2018), the national number-one bestseller All Our Shimmering Skies (HarperCollins, 2020) and the number-one bestseller, and 2022 Indie Book of the Year Award, Love Stories (HarperCollins, 2021). His books have sold over a million copies since 2018.
Scott Forbes is a senior editor at HarperCollins, where he has worked with authors including Julia Baird, Jimmy Barnes, John Purcell, Robyn Cadwallader, Gabriel Bergmoser and Trent Dalton. He has also worked in-house for HarperCollins UK, Larousse and Weldon Owen, and as a freelance writer and editor for a wide range of publishers, including Bloomsbury, Reader's Digest and Lonely Planet.
Catherine has worked in publishing for many years, including with Penguin Books, Allen & Unwin, and since 2012 with HarperCollins, where she is now Head of Fiction. Her list is eclectic, but consistently award-winning and bestselling. From literary fiction to crossover/bookclub fiction and narrative non-fiction, she looks for books that seize her and make her feel something –it’s all about heart and soul, meaning and joy. In recent years, that’s been books like Julia Baird’s Phosphorescence, Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies, Holly Ringland’s The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Stan Grant’s Talking to My Country, and Meg Mason’s Sorrow and Bliss.