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PUBLISHED ARTICLES

 

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

 

2018

NEW VOICES
On the inspiration for my novel for the Historical Novel Society

HOW I GOT AN AGENT
For Lauren Keegan – Writer 

HOW TO BECOME A WRITER
For Annabel Smith – Author 

Q&A WITH AUTHOR LOUISE ALLAN
For Jodi Gibson, Writer and Author 

INTERVIEW WITH THE SISTERS’ SONG AUTHOR
With Allison of Little Big Reads

WHERE STORIES ARE MADE
I visited Natasha Lester’s blog to talk about my writing space. 

Q&A WITH LOUISE ALLAN
For the Tasmanian Writers Centre 

2, 2 AND 2: LOUISE ALLAN TALKS ABOUT THE SISTERS’ SONG
For Amanda Curtin’s blog, Looking Up, Looking Down 

MEET LOUISE ALLAN
I answered a few of Nicole Melanson’s questions for WordMothers.

10 THINGS I’VE LEARNT FROM WRITING MY DEBUT NOVEL
A guest post for Allison Tait’s blog. 

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
An interview with Theresa Smith for The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge

BEHIND THE PEN 
I wrote about a few of my favourite things for Theresa Smith’s blog. 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
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.

DEBUT MONDAYS
A short piece I wrote for Lisa Hill from ANZ Lit Lovers about my grandmothers and motherhood.

 

2017

A DAY IN THE LIFE
I wrote about my typical writing day for Jodie Gibson’s blog. (July 2017)

 

2016

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)

 

2014

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!)

 

BLOG POSTS ON THIS SITE ABOUT ‘THE SISTERS’ SONG’

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
The inspiration for a novel.

MY GRANDFATHER
How my grandfather inspired one of the characters in my novel.

MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER
My great-grandmother inspired one of the characters of my novel, too.

MUSIC, ALWAYS
About the importance of music in my life and how it inspired my book.

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.

 

POPULAR BLOG POSTS

 

TRIBUTE TO A SISTER
About the death of my 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.

ON NOT GIVING UP
On never, ever, ever giving up, even when all seems hopeless.