My review of reviews

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…

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Audiences are awesome

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…

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Let me read you a story …

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…

Champagne bottle

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A heavy delivery

There’s something about opening a box delivered to your door, right? It’s an especially big deal when they’re the print copies of your novel. I’ve seen this moment captured by authors on social media so many times, so I knew I had to do it, too. I ordered a few boxes of the paperback Goodbye…

Boxes of Goodbye Newsroom paperback

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On Air

I do like wearing a big pair of headphones. I was able to don some on Monday when I was in the ABC Adelaide radio studios, as part of a writers panel on the Peter Goers Evening show. My fellow panellists – Caroline Lower and Chloe Szentpeteri – are also South Australian women writers, and…

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Second novels + Sequels

I’m in a very happy and excited stage of writing right now. There’s a lot to share! Number one: I’ve finished a second novel, and have sent it to a small group of Beta readers for their early feedback. This is a story that’s apart from Goodbye Newsroom, with completely different characters and a new…

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Paperback planner

People are more attached to their old-school printed books then I’d realised… Goodbye Newsroom has been out as an e-book for a few months now, on major platforms like Amazon and Kobo. (A big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has purchased it so far). But it seems I’m not going to get away with…

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Amateurish Bookish

This is a piece I’ve also shared on Medium… I’ve gotta lift my book game. I’m currently reading a paisley pink-covered novel, while wearing flower-patterned pants, a grey t-shirt, and black-and-blue checked flannel shirt. It’s a ghastly clash and, clearly, I’ll need to tear it all off and begin again before I venture out into the…

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Sliding up and down

I was sitting on the sofa last week, with Netflix and Twitter – as you do. And a pal tweeted me, to let me know that Goodbye Newsroom was sitting at #1 in a ‘Girls Women Fiction’ category on Amazon! (Thanks Kath). As you can imagine, I was stunned. It was wonderful news that I…

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