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…

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…

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…