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.…

More Than You Ever Needed To Know On How I Write

The Elusive Writing Process. Contemporary Romance Author Lily Malone: queen of the simile, master of the detail, has kindly tagged me to answer some questions on How I Write. And well, after stroking my ego by saying nice things about me on her blog again, I couldn’t refuse. (That’s not entirely true – who can resist a rare chance to talk about themselves?) In the year or so I’ve been fluffing around with one story, Lily (the beanie-clad beauty you see there) has managed to churn out THREE fabulous new…

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…