Kirsten Tranter grew up in Sydney and studied English and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney. She lived in New York between 1998 and 2006, where she completed a PhD in English on Renaissance poetry at Rutgers University. She now lives in Sydney with her husband and son and is working on a second novel.
A Conversation with Kirsten Tranter, Author of The Legacy
What prompted you to begin writing a novel? What sparked the idea for The Legacy?
The Legacy is inspired at heart by my experience of living in two cities that I love, Sydney and New York, and by my interest in the complexities of friendship. I have long been fascinated by Henry James’s novel The Portrait of a Lady, which has a notoriously unhappy ending, and I’ve always thought about...