Award-winning author Sarah Epstein discusses her new book, Deep Water, and the importance of respecting your readers.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always been a big reader and have been creative my whole life. As a young child I used to write and illustrate my own picture books on scrap paper, and in my teenage years this progressed to angsty poetry and short stories, along with painting, drawing, crafting and mixed media.

I ended up pushing my writing aspirations aside to pursue graphic design at university because I knew it would give me more employment opportunities, and it wasn’t until decades later, after I gave birth to my first child, that I decided to try my hand at writing again. Having children brought me into a new phase of life and a different headspace, so I used my kids’ nap times to learn how to write.