NEIL AND DAD AND ME—Neil Diamond’s songs were the background harmonies of my childhood. (First published in the anthology, ‘Jukebox’, OOTA, 2013.)
MAKING MEDICAL MISTAKES—A letter to my daughter in her first year of Medicine about something unavoidable, no matter how good a doctor you are: making medical mistakes. (First published in ‘Medical Forum’ magazine, March 2015.)
ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB
A LETTER TO MY 12-YEAR-OLD SELF: A piece I wrote for Jenn J McLeod’s 2016 Author Harvest.
GET INSPIRED WITH … LOUISE ALLAN: An interview I did for the launch of the ‘Writing the Dream Anthology’ (Serenity Press, 2016), about the people, places, books, and things that inspire me.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The Inspiration for a Novel—A post about the inspiration behind my novel on Gulara Vincent’s blog. (My book was still under its working title, ‘Ida’s Children’, at that stage.)
AUTHOR INSIGHT: MEET LOUISE ALLAN: An interview I did with Monique Mulligan in 2014 about my writing process. (Each time I read this, I’m surprised how little has changed!)
POSTS ABOUT ‘THE SISTERS’ SECRET’
As I’ve been blogging since 2013, before I’d even finished the first draft of my novel, I’ve recorded the writing of The Sisters Song as I went. You can find those posts here.
‘THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY’ POSTS can be found here:
THE INSPIRATION FOR A NOVEL—A post about the inspiration behind my novel on Gulara Vincent’s blog. (My book was still under its working title, ‘Ida’s Children’, at that stage.)
MY GRANDFATHER—A post about my paternal grandfather and how he inspired one of the characters in my novel.
MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER—In which I discuss my great-grandmother’s legacy, both good and bad.
Stay tuned for more ‘THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY’ posts to come.
POPULAR POSTS FROM THE BLOG
TRIBUTE TO A SISTER—About the death of my 19-year-old sister in a car accident in 1987.
12 GOOD THINGS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING—About the year I homeschooled my sons.
LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ON HER LEAVING HOME—About when my eldest daughter left home and moved to live on the other side of the country.
ON CHOOSING TO BE MOTHERLESS—It’s not easy to end a relationship with your mother, and here’s why I did it. (You can follow the links within the post for the rest of the series.)
TALKING TO TEENAGERS: HOW I TURNED MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAUGHTER AROUND—About the three words that turned the relationship between my daughter and me around.
WHAT NOT TO SAY TO YOUNG WOMEN—On a topic about which I feel quite strongly—telling women how to dress.
MY JOURNEY TO WRITING—My circuitous pathway to here.
ON SMACKING KIDS—Another topic on which I have very strong views.
A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER’S TEACHER—The real reason why some parents might seem overprotective towards their children and unduly angry at teachers.
ON SQUARES AND PEGS—About feeling like a square peg and not fitting into a neat, round hole.
ON NOT GIVING UP—On never, ever, ever giving up, even when all seems hopeless.
ON TRUSTING MY MATERNAL INSTINCT—On learning to hear my maternal instinct, buried beneath the layers.
ON BOTTLING THE KIDS: How I felt when my kids started to leave the nest.