contemporary Australian writer of novels for young adults
Randa Abdel-Fattah (born June 6, 1979) is an Australian Muslim writer of Palestinian and Egyptian ancestry.
- The world of adolescence was all I was interested in exploring, I suppose because there is no other period in your life when you feel as intensely. Love, hate, jealousy, loyalty: I remember the power of these emotions as a teenager and how navigating questions of identity at the same time was truly terrifying and exhilarating. Writing in that moment of a person’s life has always felt so right to me.
- On writing young adult novels in “Randa Abdel-Fattah: Identity and emotion” in The Writer (2018 Jan 18)
- Distance in time has made my voice less contrived and subjective. I don’t feel I’m writing some kind of diary (which I kind of felt I was doing when I was 16). I am far more conscious of my voice and more disciplined in separating myself from my characters…
- On how it has changed for her writing in a teenager’s voice in “Randa Abdel-Fattah: Identity and emotion” in The Writer (2018 Jan 18)
- The relationship between reader and writer in fiction is steeped in vulnerabilities. It really does require trust and faith because some books have the power to transform people. You feel like you can never go back, look at the world in the same way again. And that grand ambition is what I hope to do with my books because at the heart of my writing is a passion for telling stories of the oppressed, the marginalized, and the misunderstood.
- On being a writer in “Both Freedom and Constraint: An Interview with Randa Abdel-Fattah” in Words Without Borders (May 2015)
- I love the stuff and material of writing: words. The games you can play with them. The rhythm and lyricism in a good passage of writing. The power of a simple sentence. I also love the paradoxical bind of writing as both freedom and constraint. You start creating characters and scenes out of thin air. But if you do it well enough, that freedom constricts, because your characters are no longer inside you. They become their own people, agents on the page who need to act and think and feel in ways true to who they are…
- On writing as a kind of spiritual act in “Both Freedom and Constraint: An Interview with Randa Abdel-Fattah” in Words Without Borders (May 2015)