Blog Hop – Lily Malone Book Giveaway

Lily Malone Blog Hop Giveaway. Golf. It can be defined as:       a)    That peculiar practice of intentionally hitting a ball away, only to go find it again. Over and over … (     b)    A reverse-anagram of flog. (     c)    The sport responsible for widowing wives (from all walks of life) in the early hours of each Saturday, only to allow participants to return to the fold tired, and unable to complete domestic tasks set by said wife. (      d)    The activity that helped Jenn get her Mojo back in…

Just like the best people, some of the best books are an eclectic mix.

GenreCon Just like the best people, some of the best books are an eclectic mix. For those that don’t know, GenreCon (run by the fabulous Queensland Writers Centre)  is a meeting of the minds, a conference for the writers amongst us that have their stories shelved in their own corner of the book shop. Whilst, in fact, that isn’t me, I decided to gatecrash anyway, and see what I could glean from their writing conventions, their readers expectations, and their valuable experience. I write general women’s fiction, and at times,…

Praise for Walking On Trampolines

Go Brisbane Writers! After seven years in the making, Frances Whiting, our favourite Brissy columnist, has released her first novel, Walking on Trampolines. And it’s a keeper. She’s Australia’s Marian Keyes – both of whom write stories rich with characters you want to take home, and have you laughing and crying (often on the same page). I had the pleasure of meeting Frances at her book launch and was not surprised when she was as delightful in real life as she is on the page. Although not officially set in…

Getting Published in Australia

How Do I get Published? The hot question on many writers minds as they stare at that flashing cursor day after day, is will anyone ever read this? How do I even try to get published? Do I need an agent? And what can I do to make my story’s song be heard from the depths of that dreaded slush pile? I’m new to this caper, my novel hasn’t even hit the shelves yet so I’m no expert, but I have been to several writers festivals, panels and workshops covering…

About

Brisbane writer Kylie Kaden is a self-diagnosed bookworm and chocoholic. Raised in Queensland, she spent holidays camping with her parents and two brothers at the Sunshine Coast, where much of Losing Kate was set. She now lives in Brisbane with her husband and three young sons. As the only female in a house of males, Kylie tops up her sanity by writing whilst her youngest naps (and the washing mounts). She is adamant the next edition to the Kaden household will be Female…and canine. Kylie graduated with an honours degree…

Will I ever just read again?

I’m new to this gig. I am a shiny faced front-rower, wide-eyed and willing to take it all in, and I’m enjoying the ride. However, one thing I haven’t gotten used to, is that I can’t seem to just read a novel anymore without my editor cap firmly pushing on my ears. I hone in on opening paras, get suspicious of throw away lines, analyse hooks and red herrings. I assess tense, point of view, even commas get my attention. Whilst I’m learning, I wonder if I will ever simply read…

Losing Kate

Kylie’s debut novel Losing Kate was released by Random House April 2014. Read the official blurb here #1 Fiction on iTunes April 2014. “This fantastic debut shifts back and forth between present and past, easing out the suspense at a masterful clip. With a great ear for dialogue, and a crackling sense of humor, author Kylie Kaden makes you care deeply for her troubled protagonists.” iBook Editor’s Notes. I’m delighted to announce that Losing Kate was chosen in the Random 10 – the top 10 books people are talking about…

Parenting Articles

For all the parents out there who like a dose of reality (instead of unrealistic, eternally heartwarming stories that are commonplace), have a browse of the latest My Child Australia Magazine. Along with a lot of facts on pregnancy and childbirth, you will find honest accounts of parenting in the naughties in my columns. I’m no expert. The wheels fall off for me every day at some point.  But I hope that sharing my thoughts on the challenges of family life, might just make a fellow parent feel less alone…

On Writing

During one of my first masterclasses at the Queensland Writers Center, a fellow author recommended I join Romance Writers of Australia (RWA). Considering I haven’t even read a Mills and Boon, I said, “But I don’t write romance,” to which she replied “Neither do I!” She went on to explain how this fabulous organisation takes new writers under their wing, teaches them to write, regardless of genre, and puts them in touch with other writers.  I took her advice, joined up and found her to be correct. RWA also manage…