When (two of) your Family Members are Published before you are

A couple of recent Royal Mail arrivals kicked off a round of excitement in our household. Before I start, I should say we’re not great with the old snail mail – most of our household admin is taken care of online – so if a letter doesn’t have the hallmark of ‘Important-looking Official Thing that Requires Immediate Attention’ or family … Read More

London Writers’ Festival 28th October – YA Recap

Yesterday I woke up after having friends ‘round for dinner and debated whether I should trip it into London for the Saturday programme of the London Writers’ Festival YA weekend. I sat down and did a few hours of revision on my current MS. Part of me was feeling lazy after a late night, and just wanted to hang out … Read More

Our Kind of Wonderful: Music Part 1 — Cam’s Playlist

Recently the Beeb (BBC Radio 4) did an episode where they interviewed authors, and asked them to list their favourite writing music. I love this stuff – music is a huge thing for me and it’s so interesting to hear which songs inspired the books I love, or got the author through a painful drafting process, revisions etc. Sometimes the … Read More

Timecapsule Post

After a lengthy blog hiatus (not a writing hiatus, more about that later…), I hopped on to find the draft entry below. It was a bit surreal to find a post listing all the things I was looking forward to in the UK, and the things I’d miss about Australia, especially since we’ve been living here for over two years. … Read More

If YA Novels Were Dogs…

Last night as I was falling asleep, I was trying to think of how I would describe my feelings toward the stack of YA novels I’ve read recently. For some reason — I think it was because I was hovering between dreamland and wakefulness — I started to think of them in terms of dog breeds. Yes! I thought in … Read More

Plan…D (or is it E)?

An old acquantaince once told me a joke: “How do you make God laugh?…Tell him your plans.” At the time I found the saying really annoying (I still do). Partly because my beliefs (and let’s not get into those), don’t extend to a God who would be so petty. But also, the phrase seems terribly defeatist. What does it mean? … Read More

Don’t Do Anything I Wouldn’t Do…

In my experience, one of the trickiest things to manage in terms of character development is the issue of morality. Unless the character is autobiographical, then at some point your character’s moral compass is going to shift from your own. Will they be more honourable than you? Will they do things you wouldn’t dream of doing, and if so, how … Read More

About the Mushy Love Stuff

If I were a character in a movie, I’d be Jules from My Best Friend’s Wedding (minus the crazy wedding sabotage stuff). My husband says I’m the least sentimental person ever, and my friends openly insist I have more in common with the stereotypical male partner in a relationship. Both my husband and I have forgotten our wedding anniversary on … Read More

Australian Women Writers Challenge — The List

  At the beginning of the year I signed up for the AWW Challenge. It seemed like a good idea for the following reasons: 1) I’d be supporting the group of published authors I hope to one day join; 2) my stats at the end of last year were woeful in terms of Australian content; 3) having a more books … Read More

A Stitch in Time…

The first six chapters of my WIP were easy to write. I’m almost ashamed to admit how effortlessly the words poured onto the page. This is great, I thought. There was even a running shot at finishing NaNaWriMo. And then chapter seven happened. I take a hybrid approach to the plotting versus pantsing thing. I don’t want to know too … Read More