Purple Roads events in SA

Just a quick update on where I’m going to be for my SA tour. Times and some venues are still being arranged and as soon as we know, I’ll let you know! These are all talks and signings and you will need to RSVP This much I can tell you: Monday evening 23rd April, 7pm, Mount…

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Purple Roads and truck fires

Now that Purple Roads is out and about, I wanted to show you some of the places I imagined events to take place. If you read my previous blog, you would have seen the maps that I drew to show where the depots were in relation to Matt and Anna’s house, Spalding and Kate and…

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Maps of locations in Purple Roads

Sometimes when I’m writing about a place I know fairly well, I forget other people haven’t been there. Usually I can paint a fairly good picture and country towns in SA are similar in set out, buildings made with similar material and so on. Note, I did say usually. The Purple Roads edit raised a…

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Launch of Purple Roads

Saturday was the launch of Purple Roads. Wow! What a day. Mum and Dad came over for the big day and as soon as they got here, I put them to work, putting stickers on bags and filling them with goodies, such as shopping lists, bookmarks and stubby holders. This seems to take time and…

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Purple Roads – The 1st Chapter

Tomorrow is the big day. The official launch of Purple Roads at the Condingup Fair! As most of my readers don’t live within coo-ee of Condy, I thought I would publish the first chapter right here for you to read. Hopefully that will whett your appetite enough until you can purchase Purple Roads in stores.…

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Purple Roads in my hand

  Monday was an exciting day. After much hard work, a few little hiccups and the wonderful input from all at Allen and Unwin (namely Siobhan Cantrill, Louise Thurtell) Purple Roads arrived in my mailbox. You know, it’s funny. I thought I’d rip off the mailbag, tear open the packages and stare at it. I…

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Purple Roads

  I’ve been hanging out to show you the cover for Purple Roads and here it is! Isn’t it beautiful? Lisa White, one of the amazing Allen and Unwin designers, has excelled herself, once again. There is also a book trailer to whet your which you can take a look at here: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5R0uAYwmkk[/youtube] April 2 is…

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And the sun sets on Purple Roads

  I feel sick. I’ve got butterflies and the shakes. And on top of all that, I’m nervous (and a worrier!). Purple Roads is heading to the printers on Monday. That’s it. Done. Finished. There’s nothing more I, nor my editor, can do. The sun has set on this journey. I get like this any…

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A week of wonders!

  Yesterday we woke to our hill being shrouded in heavy, low cloud and gentle showers pushing up from the coast. It was a beautiful way to start the day, especially after the pounding we had on Thursday evening. It was the most incredible thunderstorm I have ever seen and we netted a whopping 46mm…

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Purple Roads

Blurb for Purple Roads (cover to follow soon!) Purple Roads will be available in April 2012. When Anna and Matt finally buy their dream farm, their struggles aren’t quite over. First it’s patchy rain and poor crops, then Matt has an accident … and even when the heavens finally open all might yet be lost.…

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The end is nigh…

There is a lady in Esperance who, every time she sees me, asks me if I’m writing my next book. When I say yes, she’s always surprised, but even more so when I say I have a deadline. ‘Oh, you have to write to a deadline?’ ‘Yes, yes I do,’ I nod. ‘Really? I thought…

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Editing and Harvest don’t mix

As the time for the unedited proof copies of Purple Roads to go to the printers, nears, my editing time seems to be shrinking – gasp! Late last week I got the third round of edits back and although there’s still a reasonable amount to do, there is a backlog of farm and housework that…

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The scent of hay

The Esperance Show is next Friday and Saturday and without fail we are usually making hay. Many years ago, we would be showing lambs or involved with the carcass competition (both cattle and sheep), but good quality hay is now more important that anything else. Especially when the season cuts in early like it has…

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