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New Release Date for ‘The Sisters’ Song’

I have a new date for my book's release: January 2018. Whilst this means I must wait another four months' to see my book on the shelves, it also means that I have more time to complete these final edits and get my novel into tip-top shape.  Once this book is...

Writers in the Attic #31: Deborah Burrows

I'm honoured to have author and lawyer, Deb Burrows, join me in the attic today. Deb's published four historical novels, and all tell the stories of courageous women during WWII.    Deb was born and grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and is the author of...

Writers in the Attic #30: Natasha Lester

I'm bouncing around the attic today because I'm thrilled to be hosting this essay by my special guest, Natasha Lester. Natasha is not only an award-winning writer, but she's a constant source of writerly knowledge, support, and encouragement for fledgling writers here...

Writers in the Attic #29: Robyne Young

Joining me in the attic today is Albury writer, Robyne Young. As you'll discover when you read on, Robyne's always been a writer as a journalist across a number of media, but the itch to write creatively has always been there, too. I won't write much of Robyne's bio...

Writing is Rewriting

Back in 2013, when I finished a first draft of 'The Sisters' Song' (which was called 'Ida's Children' then—I'm still getting used to calling my child by a different name), I had no idea how much editing and rewriting lay ahead. I thought four, maybe five, drafts, and...

Writers in the Attic #28: Rae Hilhorst

I have another of my writing friends in the attic today: Rae Hilhorst. Here's the serious, factual bio for Rae: Rae lives in Perth Western Australia and is a married mother of two adult daughters. Her blog is her hobby, a means to explore creative writing. When brave...

Writers in the Attic #27: Conor Duggan

This is the week for firsts: not only is Conor Duggan my first male guest for writers in the attic, he's also my first Irish guest, first backpacker, first geologist, first slam-poet, first writer not to use a desk, and a whole heap of other firsts you'll discover if...

I’ve Been Editing …

My apologies for being so quiet on my blog lately. As most of you would already know, I've been doing the structural edits on my novel. They're notoriously hard—just ask any author—and I had only one month in which to complete them. That month also happened to be...

Writers in the Attic #26—Deb Wain

I have yet another gorgeous essay for Writers in the Attic this week, this time from Deb Wain. Deb's tale of how she came to writing really resonated with me. In fact, parts of it are eerily similar to an essay I wrote for the Writing the Dream anthology last year,...

Writers in the Attic #25—Glenda Janes

Every week, I say how honoured/thrilled/excited I am to host this week's Writer in the Attic. I know I'm repeating myself and sounding clichéd, but it's true: every week, I am truly honoured, thrilled and excited to post each story. As I read the stories that...

Writers in the Attic #24—Jessica Gately

A few weeks' ago, I put a call out for essays for Writers in the Attic to a Facebook group for Australian writers. I was a little nervous and had no idea if anyone would want to write for this little attic, but, as always, my fellow writers rose to the occasion. I was...

Writers in the Attic #23—Vikki Holstein

Welcome to the second week of Writers in the Attic for 2017. Today, another interstate guest joins me—Vikki Holstein. Vikki is a romance writer, but of romance with a twist. I admire her 'I'll show them' attitude, and that she's prepared to take a risk and has dared...

Writers in the Attic #22: Christina Houen

Welcome back to Writers in the Attic for 2017! This series was one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of my 2016 blog year, so it's my absolute pleasure to invite writers into this little space again. I have some wonderful writers and essays lined up—an...

My Writing Goals In 2017

I've been quiet on the blog lately and I apologise. My excuse is that in this part of the world, it's school holidays, and I've wound everything right back so I don't spend all day in the attic and neglect my family. School returns next week so I'm gearing up for...

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