Hollywood courts Queensland writer Krystal Sutherland

Townsville 4810
ABC North Qld

By Nathalie Fernbach and Michael Clarke


November 15, 2016 12:11:22

Krystal Sutherland: Teenagers identify with the characters in young adult fiction. (ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)
Young adult author Krystal Sutherland at the Townsville launch of her book Our Chemical Hearts (ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)
Young adult genre continues to growSutherland said young adult fiction was growing and developing its own sub-genres.She said there was not a single monolithic series such as the Twilight or Hunger Games books dominating at the moment, instead readers were exploring the various sub-categories.”We are going through a bit of a second renaissance here with YA (young adult fiction) there are so many different genres that are popular,” Sutherland said.”I think people are really connecting with these stories of young people who are going through things that have been through or they have experienced themselves,” she said.”It really speaks to everyday teenagers.” It must be every writer’s dream to have Hollywood movie producers knocking on your door to make your novel into a movie.It was a dream come true for Townsville-raised Krystal Sutherland, who published her first novel Our Chemical Hearts in October.The author has already sold the film rights and an Oscar-nominated film producer interested in adapting her book.”I have been told by many, many people that this is very out of the ordinary,” Sutherland said about the speed of her success.”Hollywood especially is something that takes a very long time so … that was a very exciting thing,” she said.Writing a novel in 30 minute burstsSutherland said it was her time at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, writing for the student magazine, that cemented her desire to become a novelist.She said she wrote her novel in between part-time work and full-time study commitments.”I just kind of wrote it on the weekends and whenever I had the time, and it just kind of came together,” Sutherland said.”I would find half an hour here or there — I would wake up a little bit earlier in the morning and really just push myself to get some words done,” she said.