Many of you would know that Media Queen revolves around the magazine industry in Australia, beginning in the late 90s and into the 2000s. It’s an industry I’ve been following for years and it was no joy to read of the end of many magazines, with Bauer Media closing down Elle, InStyle, Women's Health, Men's … Continue reading The dying world of magazines
My latest book, Media Queen, is out now! Early reviewers have already been giving it 5 stars, so I'm very excited about that kind reception. I want to tell you a bit about the main character, Jordyn Fairweather. She's not your typical sweetheart heroine - she's selfish, pushy and uses everyone around her, even her … Continue reading Jordyn Fairweather is here!
I’ve been really excited by the amount of writing chats and book launches that are moving online recently. It’s one of the few benefits of the COVID-19 era, where publishers and writers are using alternative ways to reach us. In many cases, it’s made it easier than ever to connect with the writing world. Essentially, … Continue reading Your remote writers festival
I don't usually cross-post my podcast reviews and blog posts, but today I have - because there's a more personal flavour to my latest pod review. Read on ... After finally training myself to write regularly, I didn’t think anything could distract me from regular writing. Then, 2020 happened. And being distracted from writing has … Continue reading The year of distracted writers
There are a lot of advantages to having a professional editor. They ‘clean up’ an author’s writing, make structural suggestions and point out holes in stories. As a newbie indie writer, I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I began working with my editor Laura. In the end, I was ecstatic with the results … Continue reading Get rid of SOME stuff
It's great to be a booklover. I can't imagine life without having a 'book on the go'. However, I often don't have as much time for reading as I'd like. That's why I really admire those who can read swiftly and determinedly carve out time for it. As a reader - and a writer - … Continue reading Share the booklove!
As an avid reader and long-time user of Goodreads, I’ve rated plenty of novels and occasionally I write a short review. As an author, I’ve listened to other authors’ advice to “ignore the reviews” or “don’t sweat the reviews” (in a similar vein to the digital news advice of “don’t read the comments”). Negative reviews … Continue reading My review of reviews
There are a lot of elements of truth to my new book, The Train Guy. I'm no Charli (the main character), but my world is a little like hers. I live in an older home in the inner-western suburbs of Adelaide. There's a cute train station within walking distance, and it is indeed well-tended by … Continue reading The story behind The Train Guy
THANK YOU everyone who came to the recent launch of Goodbye Newsroom (the paperback!) I had a ball discussing Anna and Holly's story with MC Jennie Lenman, herself a talented young journalist. I also read a section of the book (pages 6 to 9, if you're wondering), and really enjoyed reading aloud. Signed copies are … Continue reading Audiences are awesome
I'm counting down to the 20 August launch party for Goodbye Newsroom. It's going to be a wonderful celebration, with friends, family, readers and supporters in the room. Over the years I've done a lot of public speaking, but nothing like this. Usually, I am addressing a classroom of students or delivering a speech on … Continue reading Let me read you a story …