Chat with Monica McInerney

Writing Do you start with an idea and develop it from there or do you start with the characters? I start with a combination of idea and characters. I love to take a character and her family out of their normal lives and plunge her (and them) into an unexpected situation, and the plot follows…

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Guest blog: ABC presenter, Kate Wood

I have always been fascinated by radio, especially the voices that have kept me company on the long hours of driving tractors at night or lengthy car trips between the farm and the ‘civilised’ world! I don’t get to hear Kate on the radio, very often – she used be down in my ‘neck of…

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Guest blog: Monica McInerney

Next Friday, the 25th of Feb, at 3pm Western Australian time, will be a very special time for me! I’ll be welcoming Monica McInerney to our book club. What makes this so very special, it that I’ve loved and admired Monica’s work from the moment I opened The Alphabet Sisters. Since then I’ve read every…

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Book club with Monica McInerney

Just confirming that the book club, with Monica McInerney will be held next FRIDAY 25TH of Feb. We’re discussing At home with the Templeton’s. Just working out a time since Dublin is 8 hours behind WA! Can I have expressions of interest, please? If you have and questions for her, now is the time to…

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Guest Blog: Wendy Orr

As my daughter gets older, she seems to have an insatiable appetite for novels.  To be very honest, I had heard of Nim’s Island, knew that Rochelle had adored, not only the book, but the Audio Book as well, but didn’t know who the author was. It takes quite a bit, for an active ten…

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Guest blog: Pippa Masson

Meet Pippa Masson; she works for Curtis Brown literary agents. Here she tells us what goes on behind the scenes in the attempt to get a book published. It’s not an easy job, filled with exciting highs and desperate lows. Thanks for joining us Pippa! Pippa: What is the life of an agent like? Well,…

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More book recommendations!

Here are ten reasons that books make the best Christmas presents: 10. Books don’t need to be assembled. 9. Books don’t need batteries. 8. Books don’t come in the wrong color or size. 7. Books are easy to gift wrap. 6. Books don’t go out of style. 5. Books aren’t noisy. 4. Books can be…

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Guest blog: Kim Wilkins/Kimberley Freeman

I haven’t been captivated by a book for a long time, but as soon as I picked up Wildflower Hill, by Kimberley Freeman, I was completely lost amongst its pages. Kimberley Freeman, is actually, Kim Wilkins, who writes fantasy/speculative fiction. These books, as well as her lecturing, are legendary in the writing world. She has…

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Guest Blog: Katie Fforde

I’m so excited to have Katie Fforde blogging with me today. I fell in love with Katie’s writing, when I first read The Rose Revived back in 1995. That year, she published two books; The Rose Revived and Living Dangerously. Since then, I’ve read every single on of her books. She’s an inspiration – if…

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Guest Blog: Kerry McGinnis

Kerry McGinnis writes like poetry – you’ll understand that after reading this post. The way she recalls places, feelings and is able to write about them with such authority, is why her writing stands out among Australian authors. Kerry has led an extraordinary life  – although if you said so, I bet she would shrug…

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Guest Post: Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is another one of the awesome Aussie authors who are gracing our book shelves at the moment. But Kate is a slightly different author, to who I would usually read. She writes YA – Young Adult fiction. Kate has always been creative – although sometimes, as with most of us, during the times we…

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Guest Blog: Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain is the author of no less than nineteen books! I came across her books last year, when I read ‘Before the Storm’ . I immediately went look for more books – I was drawn into the book from the first page and didn’t put it down until I had finished it. Having been…

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Guest Blog: Belinda Alexandra

You would not believe how star struck I feel in having Belinda Alexandra blog with us today! I fell in love with her writing the minute I opened Wild Lavender. I went in search of all of her books and you can’t imagine how excited I was to open her new book Tuscan Rose earlier this year. It…

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Guest Blog: Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons is an amazing person. It seems he has always had a pen in his hand! If he hasn’t been writing bestselling novels, such and Call of the High Country and Return to the High Country, he has been penning articles for Agricultural magazines or books on how to train the most magnificent breed…

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Book Club Update!

Hi All, I know this is short notice, but I wanted to take advantage of having Phillipa (and she’s heading away for a month, so it really needed to be now or never!) discuss The Book of Love. I think that the best time for the first meeting will be at 10:30am this Saturday (28th…

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Guest Blog: Nick Parnell

I’ve know Nick all of my life – he’s my brother. I am not biased when it comes to his musical ability. He is seriously good and I’m not the only one who thinks so! “Parnell wields the mallets with the nonchalance of mastery … virtuosity worthy of the highest praise.” – The West Australian…

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Guest: Lisa Heidke

Discarded Characters! I often wonder what happens to those brilliant characters writers create that don’t quite fit into the novel they are writing. When I was working on Lucy Springer Gets Even, I had an amazing time because so many of the characters could be drawn from real life – mothers in the school pick-up…

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Guest Blog: Fiona Palmer

Fiona and I met about two years ago. Rachael Treasure actually put us in contact! I think Fee and I were slightly over-awed that one of our favourite authors knew enough about both of us to think that we could be a good support network to each other. And I think we have been. Being…

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Guest Blog: Louise Thurtell

Meet Louise Thurtell! She’s the publisher for the Arena imprint at Allen and Unwin… and that makes her my publisher! I’m really excited that she’s here today, talking about her initiative Friday Pitch and also a few things that make her… her! Food, wine and so on! I can remember my first phone with Louise, so…

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Guest blog: Nyssa Pascoe

Marketing your book is such a difficult thing. We’re told that our publishing house will do it for us, but after an in-depth discussion with my publicist, a few other authors and watching ‘The Tuesday Book Club’s’ episode with Lee Child, Matthew Reilly, Bryce Courtney and Di Morrissey, I think we’ve all decided that authors have to…

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