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Who made your dinner last night?

Introducing the Maitland Family from Clare, South Australia, their story is number 35 in my quest to feature 52 Farmers in 52 weeks in celebration of the  Australian Year of the Farmer.  Summary of our family and farming enterprise: The Maitland family own and operate a farming business, on the family property, 15 minutes north…

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A bit of exciting news

I wanted to let you all know, I’ve just signed another two-book contract with Allen and Unwin! Crimson Dawn, all going well, will be out in 2014, while we’re hoping Indigo Storm will be on the shelves in 2015. Of course I’m still heading towards Silver Gums being out in 2013! During an uncertain time…

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Shearing, from go to whoa.

At beginning of the week we were shearing and I’ve put together a small video to show you how it all looks from start to finish. Sorry about the one section which turned the wrong way. I didn’t know iPhones didn’t turn! And thanks to Jo for stitching all the vision together.

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How this farmer met her husband…

In keeping with the TV show A Farmer wants a Wife, I thought it would be a fantastic and timely opportunity to bring you some love stories from the bush. Now, pick your jaws up! Yes, I know I have made a huge issue, about NOT writing ‘just’ romance in all of my books and…

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If you ate today…thank a farmer by Taylan Atar

Introducing Taylan and Megan Atar of Seven Hills Tallarook. Their story is number #34 in my quest to feature 52 farmers in 52 weeks in celebration of the Australian Year of the Farmer. Summary of your family and farming enterprise Megan and I were both Optus World Franchisee’s for some 15 years.  10 years ago we…

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Let’s kill ’em!

  Sometimes writing just doesn’t go the way you plan it! Mostly I love it when that happens because if something happens, which I don’t is going to happen, then hopefully you guys won’t see it coming and get the same thrill and feeling of surprise I got, when I wrote it. (phew, do you…

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Eat healthy, eat local by Warren Pensini

Introducing Warren Pensini of Blackwood Valley Beef from Boyup Brook in Western Australia. Warren’s story is number 33 of 52, in my celebration of  The Australian Year of the Farmer.  Summary of your family and farming enterprise Blackwood Valley Beef is located on 1640 acres in the gently undulating countryside of the Blackwood Valley in…

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Guest Blog: Evan McHugh author of Outback Stations

Evan McHugh is my guest today, talking about his latest book, Outback Stations. Of course this subject is something I’m pretty familiar with and my love of the station country is well known. You’ll probably all realise this book is firmly entrenched in my bookshelf! Here’s Evan: While researching previous outback books, the names of…

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You need farmers and farmers need you by Michelle Barrett

Welcome to Michelle Barrett who is a farmer to the west of Esperance and (disclaimer!) also a friend. Michelle’s blog is number 32 out of 52 to help celebrate The Australian Year of the Farmer. Summary of your family and farming enterprise My husband Kieran and I farm 12,000 acres near Munglinup (100km West of…

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Guest blog: Kathryn Fox author of Cold Grave

As most of you will know, I love crime novels. Forensic Science, detective murder mysteries to be precise! Kathryn Fox is a new author on my favourite crime writer list. When I say ‘new’, she has already written six books, so essentially she’s not that ‘new’, but unlike Michael Connelly (my all time favourite author),…

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Still stunned!

I have to say, I have never, ever sat down to talk to someone and had the feeling I had just met the character out of one of my books. I don’t think I ever expected it would happen. I’m very particular about not using anyone I know or have known, as a character in…

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Silver Gums; a sneak peek and farming

  It has been so long since I’ve posted a blog and I really must apologise! I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as busy and that is really saying something. Silver Gums is due at the publishers in exactly 29 days. I’m still putting the finishing touches to it, so I have been head…

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Working with Mother Nature.

Introducing Alexandra Guild, her story is number 31 in my quest to feature 52 Farming Stories in 52 weeks to celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer. I only came to live in the bush at the age of 43 and hit the ground running, so to speak. 1995 was a year of drought, not the…

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Guest blog; Alison Booth author of A Distant Land

I’m very pleased to have Alison Booth talking about her latest book, A Distant Land, today. I discovered Alison’s writing quite by accident about a year ago – I was at the local library looking for some books for my Mother-in-law to read, when I came across a battered, dog eared copy of Stillwater Creek.…

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How do you harvest your sunshine?

Introducing Ainsley McArthur, her husband Rob and their six children from the Central Queensland Coast. Their story is number 30 in my quest to feature 52 Farming stories in 52 weeks my way of celebrating the Australian Year of the Farmer.   Summary of our life on the land: Rob and I, along with our six children,…

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Helene Young; Burning Lies and her garden!

Today I’m really excited to have Helene Young here chatting with us. Burning Lies is Helene’s third book; her previous two have won and been nominated, respectively, for the Romance Writers R*BY award – romantic elements. Being a bit of  a crime fan, I loved Helene’s first two book and have just cracked open the…

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I have a dream….by Catherine Marriott

I have a dream……where producers and consumers have an equal passion, respect and understanding for food production in our country. Following my participation in the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award this year and the resultant formation of the company Influential Women, I now have a conduit to spread the amazing stories we have in agriculture. My…

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