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