May 11, 2019

It always produces a mix of trepidation and joy when your book goes out into the world.

Will anyone read it? Will anyone like it? Will anyone connect with the characters and the ideas you've spent so much time on? I started writing River Stone in 2015 so it has been four years with Pandora and her friends.

Luckily, so far, I've really enjoyed the reactions to River Stone and I'm feeling just a...

March 16, 2019

These April school holidays I will be running a writing workshop for the 12+ age group at my wonderful local bookstore, Brunswick Bound. If you need to get your young one off screens and into their imagination, book here.

May 21, 2018

Am very excited to have confirmed a publishing deal with MidnightSun Publishers for my Young Adult trilogy "The Burning Days". Book One of the dystopian fantasy is called "River Stone" and will be out in 2019. It's already in the catalogue!

 Anna Solding, the director of MidnightSun, and I couldn't stop smiling... Fun times ahead.

March 13, 2018

Last week I attended Adelaide Writers Week for two days and happened to hear a wonderful talk by Nigerian born, American writer and photographer Teju Cole. He described a terrifying experience where he woke up one morning to find he had lost sight in one eye. After a series of tests by numerous specialists, he was told he had a medical condition which in layman's terms was called "temporary bli...

December 17, 2017

This time of year makes it particularly hard to concentrate on creative projects. It always feels as if there is something else to be done: Christmas shopping, preparing to travel, cleaning, finding a rabbit-sitter (okay, that last one might be particular to me). With my "official" work finished - the university semester over and done with - I should have oodles of time to finally focus on my o...

December 11, 2017

I had a book by Rachel Cusk on my bookshelf for a long time and, when one of my students mentioned her as a favourite author, I finally got around to reading it. Arlington Park (2006) is a searing portrait of middle-class mothers in suburban England making their way through one day, from dropping the children to school, to the forced socialising of a parental dinner party. Cusk moves from one c...

December 3, 2017

One of the most satisfying phases of writing a novel is when you have a "complete" manuscript and you get to read through and find all the bits that are missing / need work / have to be re-structured. I relish having the words on the page already and then going back to discover where the holes are - so much easier than the blank page ... I love spending time creating spreadsheets mapping out ea...

November 14, 2017

Last month I spent four days in the company of acclaimed author Charlotte Wood and seven other writers. Well, I didn't actually meet any of them. Instead, we spent time with one another virtually as I participated in my first on-line writer's retreat. Wood calls this a "surge" and sets you up a month out to clear your diary, get food in the fridge and focus your mind on the creative tasks ahead...

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