Children are our stories

While staring at that pesky blinking cursor, waiting for my muse to arrive so I could start this blog, I received a lovely email from a reader asking when my third ‘book baby’ is due. I’d heard the term before—seen memes likening finishing a novel to giving birth. Books and babies; both represent the best parts of my day. I’ve done both three times and I’m not sure I’m on board with the metaphor. Would that, by extension, make publishers the book’s midwife, and publicists the nanny … making sure…

I’ve been Podcast

Need something to listen to while you fold that mountain of washing Sunday nights? Here’s  me, talking books with Nikki from In Mum’s Good Books – a great podcast and blog that is all things reading. Be sure to follow her here.  To listen to me talking books, click on the Episode 2 link below (and please excuse the ‘umms!’ They do get less frequent!!) Thankfully I write better than I speak, so if you can forgive me the nerves, there are a few tips for readers and writers alike.…

Domestic Noir: The extraordinary in the ordinary

Domestic what, you ask?  If you loved Big Little Lies, or Gone Girl, you’ve probably been reading it without knowing it.   What is 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…

Five Tips For Writers…

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 – and incorporates twenty five chapters, each by a different Australian Author |sharing their heartbreak and triumphs in the publishing world. Its full of tips and tricks, the good the bad and the ugly in the publishing world. Each journey is different -ranging from indi to traditional published authors,…

Australia Day 2016

I’m feeling patriotic this year. So here’s what Australia is, to me: School breaks that stretched forever, days filled with monopoly marathons, fighting for the front seat and inventing stupid ways to avoid the swelter. Days lost pestering soldier-crabs running ink-blue stains across the beach. It’s about sand in your sheets and suncream in your nails, riding your bike as far as daylight allowed (to be home before the streetlights flickered). It’s the joy of eating king prawns sandwiched between fresh white bread, the art of licking mango juice dripping…

Chapter 1   Losing Kate Chapter 1   Missing You                      Reviews “A rich evocative read that kept me riveted right to the end. Losing Kate is a stunning debut and I look forward to reading many more stories from this wonderful new writer.”      Multi-Award Winning Author: Helene Young ‘A tale that explores mystery, friendship and love, written in a beautiful and flowing style’ Gold Coast Bulletin “This fantastic debut shifts back and forth between present and past, easing out the suspense at a masterful clip. With a…

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…

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,…