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  My mother kills fairy tales. She read us Lord of the Rings twice. The Nargun under the Stars, though it gave us nightmares. She dredged up British classic and found swamp ridden Australian delights to amaze and frighten us. Day of the Triffords, Watership Down, The Dark is Rising, The Hobbit, and forever our minds were fed. And with it all came a grain of salt. We sat watching Victor Victoria…. Read More

Welcome one and all to my blog!   For All Hallows Eve (look, if you haven’t figured out I’m Australian by now here is you’re cue), I wish to present to those on the cusp and preparing for the dreaded thirty days of mayhem, trauma, and soul crushing despair, faced during the course of Nanowrimo, the kind of foe which every writer has come to know…   WRITERS BLOCK!   Scary, yeah?… Read More

Writing for You   I’ve been bummed lately. I’m not even gonna lie about about it.   “Don’t post about negativity.”   Blogging 101 – and today… I don’t care.   I’ve been stuck in a little bit of a rut and what I want you to know is how to conquer that because right now I feel like the world is at my feet rather than hanging over my head. I’ve… Read More

Sixteen weeks ago I was curled against the wall sobbing that there was no point being a writer anymore. I had to stop working on the Last Prophecy series and I wasn’t sure I could keep doing this. I wasn’t just tired, I was well and truly beyond weary. Exhausted. Five years ago I met with a doctor who’d taken a series of blood tests. The original tests were supposed to have… Read More

The first time I was asked when would I call myself a successful author, the answer was easy; if I was writing full time it meant people where buying enough of my book that I could do what I wanted.   That was when I started four years ago.   It doesn’t feel that long, but an aeon of time has passed, so much of my life has changed. Much of it… Read More

So you signed up for Nanowrimo… good job!   There are a lot of guides out there, so I’m just going to tell you what works for me, take of it what you will. First things first – Nano isn’t hard… for a vetran writer.  Stephen King says write 2k a day, well you only have to write 1667 for Nano.   And you can do that two ways; Panster – someone… Read More

No, really, its not an rhetorical question. It shouldn’t be a question. I’ve been on this journey for three years now, and I’m still asking myself that question. When I started my self pubbing journey I did it because there was a voice inside me that wasn’t just the woman who occasional wrote a bit, had even finished a couple of novels. I had a story I desperately needed someone to hear,… Read More

Its coming, its so close and I am so excited to start talking about it! SIX WEEKS TO GO until The Well of Youth will be officially released and available for purchase! To celebrate this culmination of years of hard work and passionate creativity, I will be hosting a launch event in my home town of Trentham. I invite you to join me to celebrate not only the release of the first… Read More

‘So…. How many novels have you actually written?’ A work colleague asks. ‘Three of the novellas for my series, they’re pretty short, about 45k words. The novels though, are about 130k words, and I’ve done a couple of them as well. Plus I have two others about the 50k marks, they’re longer ones, and another book series I’m starting that’s at the 30k mark.’ Running the numbers of my current projects through… Read More

I hated this part of being an author, I really did. “What genre is your book?” “It’s a steam flavoured fantasy with a suspense/horror twist.” It was written all over their face. “What?” I had a great idea for a story, and it turned into a great idea for a series but there were problems. When I brought up my book to publish it had to be listed into a specific genre…. Read More