Books have birthdays too

I feel remiss that I have not wished my book a happy first birthday this month! Of course, Cassandra received the best birthday gift in the form of a shortlisting in the Aurealis Best Fantasy Novel category but having given birth to Cassandra I should also officially say Happy Birthday. It's been a whole year since … Continue reading Books have birthdays too

A (no longer) Secret Family Recipe

When my Cassandra goes to introduce herself to Athena, she takes jam drops. That is because my jam drop recipe is one of my most precious things. I have posted before about the magic of living next door to my grandmother. We gardened together and we baked together.  My grandmother did all her baking in a … Continue reading A (no longer) Secret Family Recipe

Keeping the Faith – Writing Life

Today is a good day. I found out Cassandra is on the shortlist for the Best Fantasy Novel in the Aurealis Awards.  This is a big deal for me. Equal in excitement to the first time I was published and when Odysessy Books agreed to publish Cassandra. I will celebrate this moderate success because it … Continue reading Keeping the Faith – Writing Life

Writing routines and celebrating baristas

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

Selling Books for Introverts

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 as 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

Pretty Baby, Ugly Baby and book reviews

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

Yoga, writing and Azorbaloff

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

Publisher as midwife

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

Grandma’s poison arum lily

Today I went to the supermarket to buy milk and came home with a calla lily. I did not think twice. As soon as I saw it, I picked it up and put it in my trolley because it reminded me of my grandmother. This a photo of my grandmother in her garden, the farm … Continue reading Grandma’s poison arum lily