A Campervan with kids. Craze, or Crazy?

  If you’d rather poke sticks in your eyes than change a Portaloo cassette, campervanning with kids is unlikely to float your boat. But if you like flexibility (from toilet breaks to departure times) and you’re keen to temporarily shed the superfluous – a road-tripping holiday may be your ticket to a cost-effective way to travel. The Advantages: • Think snail – your home is always with you. Unpack once and immediately have that settled feeling. No more sippy cups or phone chargers left in hotels. No more ‘first night…

Want to know how to get published? Or learn tips to help you get there?

  Paths to Publishing Panel at Redcliffe Library 30th November 2018 You’ve written the darn thing. You think its got legs. What now? You have to be famous or know someone in the business to get published, don’t you? NO! I had no claim to fame, no writing degree, and no connections yet managed to be plucked from the slush pile by the biggest publisher in the world. So can you! If you’re sitting on the next THE DRY and don’t quite know what to do with it, come along…

Want to learn how I write?

I’m busy preparing slides and handouts for a fun, interactive writing course I’m running at Arana Hills Library in North West Brisbane later in the year.  I’m chuffed to be returning to the very place I learned to love reading as a girl. If you’ve been itching to write, or know someone who is, come and join us! We’ll cover the basics like show-don’t-tell (and how to avoid doing both), the power of verbs, and the basics of storytelling in an evening session. While I wouldn’t dream of telling anyone…

I’ve been Podcast

Need something to listen to while you fold that mountain of washing Sunday nights? Here’s  me, talking books on the couch with Nikki from In Mum’s Good Books at a funky bookshop fundraiser event – a great podcast and blog that is all things reading. Be sure to follow her here.    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN      

Domestic Noir

Domestic what, you ask?  If you loved Big Little Lies, or Gone Girl, you probably have been reading it without knowing it. A crime sub-genre, on the rise thanks to best-selling phenomenon such as Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, and more recently The Couple Next Door, Domestic Noir tackles the seedy underbelly of life, where supposedly safe settings (marriage, schools, workplaces) become alien, unreliable places where danger lurks in shadows.  It is within these murky depths that people shed their skin, unleash their passions and allow themselves to…

How did I get Published?

Is Writing Your Dream? It can be a long, lonely slog, this writing caper. That’s why books like this anthology from Serenity Press are so valuable in keeping your mojo, and therefore your muse, happy. Writing The Dream is out now: No two writers are the same, but they have one thing in common: they are storytellers at heart and their deepest desire is to be heard. Writing the Dream shares the stories of twenty-five Australian writers, from emerging to established authors. Some are traditionally published, while others have taken…

Be yourself – everyone else is taken.

The Power of Imperfection The Odd Bunch, it says on the pack. But what they are, in fact, (along with clever marketing) is the anomalies of the carrot industry, bagged up and sold cheap: the equal opportunity of the vegetable world – ensuring even the bumpiest, lumpiest, stumpiest tap roots can still dream of becoming someone’s soup. And, while exploring the bag of rogue orange freaks (laughing out loud at some of the amazing variations) I realise how interesting non-normal is.  Why would anyone want to be a boring, even-featured…

USQ Bookcase 2015: Mainstream Publishing 101

Main stage USQ Toowoomba – Sat 18th July 2015 Meet the Author Interview with the inspirational Dr Janice Jones. Thanks for making me feel like a rockstar Team Alumni USQ! So lovely to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. For those that missed the workshop on my road from slush-pile to shelf, download the word doc handout here:  USQ PUBLISHING HANDOUT And here is a link to my answers to some evil questions (including my secret talent). 7 Questions with USQ Alumni Author Kylie Kaden    …

The Finish Line; A published Book. But will it change me or the way I write?

Most writers spend months (years?) wondering if their little story has enough gumption for the big bad world, and I was no different. But my secrets out. It has happened – my final  copies of Losing Kate have arrived – with much fanfare (our dog bailing up the courier, and my three boys running naked in the yard with water-pistols). I’ve had a busy few weeks flaunting Kate about, and now that the dust has settled it has finally sunk in. Publishing a book feels like a child leaving home.…