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
HOW I GOT AN AGENT
For Lauren Keegan – Writer (February 2018)
HOW TO BECOME A WRITER
For Annabel Smith – Author (February 2018)
Q&A WITH AUTHOR LOUISE ALLAN
For Jodi Gibson, Writer and Author (February 2018)
INTERVIEW WITH THE SISTERS’ SONG AUTHOR
With Allison of Little Big Reads (February 2018)
WHERE STORIES ARE MADE
I visited Natasha Lester’s blog to talk about my writing space. (Jan 2018)
Q&A WITH LOUISE ALLAN
For the Tasmanian Writers Centre (January 2018)
2, 2 AND 2: LOUISE ALLAN TALKS ABOUT THE SISTERS’ SONG
For Amanda Curtin’s blog, Looking Up, Looking Down (January 2018)
AN INTERVIEW WITH LOUISE ALLAN
Tess Woods asked me a few questions about my book, writing and my epic fashion fail! (Jan 2018)
MEET LOUISE ALLAN
I answered a few of Nicole Melanson’s questions for WordMothers. (Jan 2018)
10 THINGS I’VE LEARNT FROM WRITING MY DEBUT NOVEL
A guest post for Allison Tait’s blog. (Jan 2018)
An interview with Theresa Smith for The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge. (Jan 2018)
BEHIND THE PEN
I wrote about a few of my favourite things for Theresa Smith’s blog. (Jan 2018)
I answered a few questions for Rebecca Bowyer of Seeing the Lighter Side, about writing, giving up medicine, my hometown of Launceston, music and mental illness. (Jan 2018)
A DAY IN THE LIFE
I wrote about my typical writing day for Jodie Gibson’s blog. (July 2017)
THE NEXT WAVE (PART 3): AN UPDATE
An update on Amanda Curtin’s blog, ‘Looking Up, Looking Down’, about the next wave of Western Australian women writers.
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), about the people, places, books, and things that inspire me. (November, 2016)
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.)
THE NEXT WAVE (PART 4): WA WOMEN WRITERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Amanda Curtin featured some of the next wave of Western Australian women writers on her blog, ‘Looking Up, Looking Down’. I was one of the featured writers.
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’ SONG’
I’ve been blogging since before I’d even finished the first draft of my novel, so I’ve recorded the ups and down of writing The Sisters Song as I went. You can find those posts here.
The Story Behind the Story:
THE INSPIRATION FOR A NOVEL
I wrote a post for Gulara Vincent’s blog about the inspiration for my novel. (My book was still under its working title, ‘Ida’s Children’, at that stage.)
How my paternal gradfather inspired one of the characters in my novel.
My great-grandmother inspired one of the characters of my novel, too.
About the importance of music in my life and how it inspired my book.
I answered a few questions for Rebecca Bowyer of Seeing the Lighter Side, about writing, giving up medicine, my hometown of Launceston, music and mental illness.
A short piece I wrote for Lisa Hill from ANZ Lit Lovers about my grandmothers and motherhood.
2, 2 and 2: LOUISE ALLAN TALKS ABOUT ‘THE SISTERS’ SONG’
On Amanda Curtin’s blog, ‘Looking Up, Looking Down, talking about two inspirations, two places and two parallels associated with my novel.
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.