Rosie Q&A with Miranda Luby

In the opening scene of Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over, 16-year-old Sadie takes the plunge and deletes her Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat accounts. Do you think social media is toxic? Is there a way to use social media that benefits our mental health?

No, I don’t think it’s inherently toxic. I think social media reflects the complicated reality of humanity, and also our own mental health. So, sure, there’s bullying and virtue signaling and filtered selfies on social media, but there’s als

Miranda Luby interview for Humans in Geelong

“When I was 14, my family moved overseas. I vividly remember a friend turning to me and saying, ‘You can be anyone you want now. You can totally reinvent yourself’. I think that’s so relatable, this dream of starting over. Of being someone brand new and better, like some kind of magic trick. It’s something so many of us try to do every New Year’s or even every Monday! A few years ago, I realised it would make a great opening for a novel.”

How Miranda Luby achieved her dreams of becoming a YA fiction author

Miranda Luby was a confident copywriter in her professional career – but her dream of writing a novel remained elusive until she plunged into our writing courses. We were thrilled to hear that Miranda’s debut novel Sadie Starr's Guide to Starting Over has now been published by Text Publishing, so we chatted with the newly minted author of this wonderful young adult book to get all the juicy details about her writing life and success.

What career/job/stage of life were you at when you first deci