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Novelist Or Poet?

Novelist Or Poet?

When I was thirteen years old, I announced that I was going to be a poet when I grew up. I had already been writing poetry for years – since the age of 10 – and both my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Alexander, and my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Melchior, had encouraged me. Mrs. Melchior, […]

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dialogue: Say, Say, Say What You Want, Although …

Dialogue: Say, Say, Say What You Want, Although …

Most writers would agree they love interacting with other writers. After all, who understands the trials, tribulations, crippling self-doubt and (at times elusive) euphoria better than a fellow author? But ask us scribblers how we feel about writing dialogue and it seems the group is split clean down the middle. Half of us love to […]

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Back to Square One: A Celebration

Back to Square One: A Celebration

It happened, like most things in my writing life were wont to do, at 11pm. I opened the laptop, looked at the ghostwriting project I was working on, and realised that I was done with my itinerant writing life. It was time to go back to my true love: fiction. Of course, I’ll write whatever […]

March 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Challenges and Joys of Writing Historical Fiction for Teenagers

The Challenges and Joys of Writing Historical Fiction for Teenagers

  Flying through Clouds is my new historical novel for young adults, and follows on from my first novel, Racing the Moon, which was published in Australia in 2014. Although both novels share the same main character and are set mostly in Sydney in the 1930s, the stories are quite different, and so were my […]

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
My Birth Father’s Double Life

My Birth Father’s Double Life

Growing up adopted, I often fantasised about my back story. The scant information the social worker gave my parents, shortly before they took six-week old me home, provided only the barest of bones: My birth mother was ‘creative’; her mother, my biological grandmother, was uncommonly supportive. My birth parents wanted to marry and keep me […]

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Five Things I Did Wrong In My (First) Novel

Five Things I Did Wrong In My (First) Novel

Like many writers, my debut novel, Everything But The Truth,is not really my debut. I always feel like a fraud admitting that, but I am sure I’m not alone. The truth is, however latent your talent, however strong your drive, writing is a skill, and knowing how to write a book needs to be learnt, […]

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Writing The Dreaded Synopsis

Writing The Dreaded Synopsis

Some authors say that writing a whole novel is easier than writing a synopsis. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I agree it sure as hell ain’t easy! Why is it so hard? There are a number of factors, I think. First, it seems so unfair that, having spent months or even years […]

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Finding A Voice

Finding A Voice

Honesty: My debut novel, The Exclusives, is a psychological thriller set in an all-girls boarding school. Initially, the book was a romantic comedy inspired by the American film with Drew Barrymore, Never Been Kissed (still one of my favourites nearly twenty years on.) As I was writing the novel I was being tutored by Esther […]

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
You Know More than You Think, So Trust the Process

You Know More than You Think, So Trust the Process

Just before I gave up on my master’s thesis – a sprawling social novel called Florida Pure – I sat in front of my laptop in a panic, turning to the bookshelf behind me and pulling down beloved novels, reading their first paragraphs and comparing them to mine. It was an exercise in self-sabotage. I […]

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Putting My Hobby Onto The Page

Putting My Hobby Onto The Page

  They say (whoever, “they” is, with their infinite wisdom) to write what you know. Well, I’m a bit of a dork. What I know is math and reading. I know Star Wars and Star Trek (both old and new), I know Joss Whedon’s entire oeuvre. You know what doesn’t make a great book? A […]

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