Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She’s had her original songs placed in some of Australia’s best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project, Alone with Bees, performs her songs written especially for The Perfect Tear. This is Connie’s first novel and the movie is coming soon.
She also received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne and later, worked extensively with Marcy Kennedy on the book. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished by 2016.
“The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn’t and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I’m not unique or different – I’m exactly like you and I love that.
We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.”
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About the Book:
The Perfect Tear begins with the Singers of the world who, during their initiation by a multi-dimensional being, are given a magical three-pronged hair comb to use as tuning forks to help keep the world in harmony. They are a special breed of women, able to connect their voices to the vibration of the earth in order to create this needed balance and equilibrium for all.
The story follows the main character Eleanor, from age six to sixteen. She is a good natured and dutiful young girl, with a profound ability to interact with both animals and nature. Like her mother, she is a powerful Singer but has not yet been initiated because she has not reached the age of maturity. After the unexpected death of her mother, a grey mist descends upon the earth and the world fails to thrive, forcing this innocent child into a course of action that she had never asked for, nor had ever envisioned.
Set against a backdrop of abandonment, loss and betrayal, Eleanor is determined to find her way through strange and dangerous landscapes in her desperate search for the Perfect Tear, a dark and powerful crystal that contains the Third Vibration, which she must find and release in order to heal the land – and save her world. Just like the notes of a song must connect to create a perfect melody, Eleanor has to discover the proper associations needed to create this special harmony.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
Yes I would and I wish I had realized it much earlier. I wrote songs even as a little kid, it progressed to little TV pilots (they never got made) then a play, then movies and now my first book.
What was your inspiration for The Perfect Tear?
My song called Perfect Tears and reading Women Who Run With the Wolves prompted the entire thing. The deeper meaning behind our childhood fairytales fascinated me. I wrote thirteen songs based around that idea and it just kept going and expanding until after finding management for the movie version, I was told in no uncertain terms to get the book done!
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I like to explore the ide that that we humans are completely underestimating the power and true use of music. I think science is just beginning to explore and discover things but being a singer and performing consistently for people. It’s something I witness. I also like to play with the idea of evil or our perception of it. Is evil just our judgment call? I would say more, but I’d be giving things away.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
Two years. I had to learn on the job. Script writing and novels are very different. I had a terrible editor fist off and she put me behind about 8 months!
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
Yes and yes. Discipline is the new black. I use a beat sheet to make sure my plot is strong and all the beats are in the right place. Then it’s matter of sit down and go. Sometimes my partner has to pull my chair out from under me to make me stop. I don’t worry about writing every day. I know that when I start I will keep going until it’s done. Because I sing in a jazz club every week and sometimes several times a week, I just don’t need a social life. Nobody ever calls me anyway and I only look at Facebook at night before I go to sleep.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I had to learn to let myself stretch out. Movie writing is about tightness and novels are far more expansive–two different mind sets.
What do you love most about being an author?
It’s so portable. I can live anywhere I want and still do this.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
Oh, don’t know if you have enough space for this. My reasons for writing the book came out my manager needing an expensive script by a first time writer from Australia to get noticed. She felt, since the movie was fantasy and YA that I should expand and write a book. And she wanted yesterday. I was offered three traditional deals but there time line for release was very long. So I ended up doing a hybrid thing for me, never again! I ended up doing everything except editing. Next book will trad all the way. I need that kind of support.
Where can we find you on the web?
Pretty much everywhere!
May I say thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about my book. I really appreciate. If you would like to give some e-books away, let me know and I can fix you up.