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A Family Secret, in Silver Clouds

If you have read or are reading, Silver Clouds, you may have got up to page 257 (also the start of chapter 23). In this chapter, Tessa is rummaging around in a set of shearers quarters, which are over 100 years old. The building has thick walls and they are whitewashed with a lime solution.…

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Launch Day

Silver Clouds by Fleur McDonald Well, launch day is finally here. I’ve got no idea where the year has gone already! It only seems like yesterday I was struggling to finish the last round of edits, waving good bye to my daughter, who was leaving home and twiddling my thumbs (only for a moment or…

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Read the First Chapter of Silver Clouds

So on Wednesday, Silver Clouds went out into what some authors seem to call the ‘The Wild. I guess it is in a way. It’s certainly not on my computer any more and I’m not stressing over editorial deadlines. It’s sitting on shelves from Cairns to Albany (from photos people have been kind enough to…

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Silver Clouds: part one, naming characters

I love naming my characters – especially because, although I had a say in naming our kids, it was The Boss who actually came up with both names! It’s not like I love these characters as much as my children (obviously!), but in a sense it is like naming the offspring all over again, because…

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Dear Diary…

Gillo and Russell Woolf from our ABC radio in Perth had a brilliant segment on yesterday about diaries. They wanted to know if any of the listeners had ever kept one. I wish I could have posted it hear for you to listen, because it was so good. But there wasn’t a podcast made of it.…

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Christmas updates… Belated ones!

I think I’ve told you all many time, how much I love where I grew up in South Australia. Now I understand, people who live in ‘greener areas’ might get a bit freaked out when they see the country up here, but it is really special. Yeah, there are lots of stones, prickly bushes and…

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What’s in a name?

Naming the characters in my books is one of the most important jobs to me. Actually, naming anything, be it land, child, dog – you get the gist – is really important. When we bought our first farm, we named it Cape View – you could see the Cape Arid from out kitchen window. The…

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Busy, busy…

The farm is well and truly looking like it’s summer, even though we’re only in mid-October!  Some paddocks have a gold/white tinge across the tops of the plants, indicating it’s done its time. Saturday was a warm 35 degrees, so the crops won’t take long to turn, ripen and harvest will be started before we…

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Identity Crisis

Finding a good title for a book is really important to me – it’s a bit like naming your child, or character. I’ve lived with the title Silver Gums for probably about three years and I got a horrible shock when my publisher mentioned it wasn’t going down a treat, over in the Allen and…

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