Last weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating my writing achievements with my favourite barista. When I was writing Cassandra I had a slightly OCD writing routine (only 2 days a week sadly) that went like this: 7.40am drop kids in town to meet school bus Visit Denise at Cafe Kiks and get a coffee… Continue reading Writing routines and celebrating baristas
When I was 19 I had a job selling cleaning products door to door. The product was called Dussall (or was it Duzzall?) because it does all. I hated it. I travelled as far west at Mt Isa and as far north as Emerald living in motels and turning up cold turkey and saying 'have… Continue reading Selling Books for Introverts
Have you ever seen an ugly baby? I was never one of those clucky women who melted at the sight of a baby. But, I don't think I have ever seen an actual ugly baby. As I have been comparing the publishing and writing process to being pregnant and giving birth, the next logical analogy… Continue reading Pretty Baby, Ugly Baby and book reviews
It wasn't until the week before my book launch that I thought to tell my yoga teacher how much her classes had influenced my book - even though there is no yoga in the book. I have been doing yoga for 19 years! I am crap at meditating. My mind is highly distractible. Over the… Continue reading Yoga, writing and Azorbaloff
My first midwife gave up on me and handed me to a doctor for an emergency Cesarean section. That doctor palmed me off onto another doctor because he had a golf date. I lay on the gurney writhing in pain feeling superfluous to the whole birthing process. My second midwife was called Senga. She explained… Continue reading Publisher as midwife
A book launch is kind of like the christening, or the naming ceremony. Everyone oohs and aahs over the baby in her best lace dress. No one has met the baby yet, they don't know if she is going to be a fast read, or a naughty read but the miracle of life is such… Continue reading Launch & Celebrate
When people ask 'what is your book about?' - I give the short version of Cassandra of Troy who could predict the future and how my Cassandra is in Queensland (Australia) in the 1980's. In Greek Mythology, Cassandra was a princess of Troy. The God Apollo fell in love - actually probably in lust with her. Gods always seem to… Continue reading Who was Cassandra of Troy?