3rd August 2016
The Boundless Sublime
Written by Lili Wilkinson
Released: August 2016
Book title: The Boundless Sublime
Author: Lili Wilkinson
Published: 27 July 2016
Tell us about yourself.
I love YA, great TV, politics, podcasts and cheese. I’m a feminist. I honestly can’t believe that I get paid to make up stories. I live in Melbourne with my husband, son, dog and three chickens. I have a PhD in Creative Writing. The Boundless Sublime is my tenth book.
What is your book about?
The Boundless Sublime is about Ruby, who is grieving and broken. She meets Fox, a naive, wise, soulful boy who she is intensely drawn to. He introduces her to the Institute of the Boundless Sublime, a secretive community led by an enigmatic man known as Zosimon. Ruby thinks she’s found the answers that she’s looking for - but the Institute has some sinister secrets.
Who is your target audience for this book?
Teenagers, and anyone else who is interested in cults!
What aspects did you find challenging about this book?
It’s a lot darker than my previous books, which was the best kind of challenge, as I love trying new things.
What does your book offer the reader that differs from others covering similar subjects?
I was really conscious of Ruby’s agency. I didn’t want her to be born into a cult, or snatched and forced in. I wanted her to choose to join, and I didn’t want anyone to rescue her once she was in. I’ve also done a HEAP of research - you can find out all about that in my webseries, Let’s Talk About Sects:
How did the idea for this book come about?
Although I wasn’t raised in a religious home, my grandparents were Scientologists, so from a very young age I was really interested in the idea of belief. Then a few years ago, I reread Robin Klein’s fabulous People Might Hear You, as well as Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear. I couldn’t stop thinking about the things people believe in, and why they believe them. And when I can’t stop thinking about something, I just know I have to write about it!
Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of ten YA novels, including Scatterheart, Pink and Green Valentine. After studying Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne, Lili established the insideadog.com.au website, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and lives in Melbourne with her husband, son, dog and three chickens. Lili will be premiering her video series, Let’s Talk About Sects, in mid-June: www.liliwilkinson.com.au/lets-talk-about-sects