NSW book tour

What a journey Blue Skies is leading me on! I’m going to NSW to meet my whole Allen and Unwin team, who are instrumental in making my books as good as they can be. These women have become friends, through the writing process and I can tell you that A&U are the best team to have behind…

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Glorious mornings

There are some days that it’s a pleasure to get out of bed at 5am. Today was one of those days! We were carting lambs in between the farms, so we were up early with a very busy day in front of us. Once we’d loaded the lambs and Anthony had trundled off in the…

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Dalgety Women’s Day 2010

I’m really privileged to be asked to speak at the Dalgety Women’s Day in NSW on the 28th of April. I’m really excited about this, as I know these days for women are so important in building the friendships and camaraderie, that is needed to deal with life of the land. As farmers we need…

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Back to the real world!

Well, there has been so much going on in my book world, it’s been a relief to get back out into the paddocks again! We’re still waiting on the break of the season and have got a few sheep on the next door neighbours property, on agistment, as our water supplies are low. The past few…

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Guest Blog: Jeff Toghill

When I met Jeff through my writing cours, straight after I left school, I never realised what an impact he was going to have on my life. I know the first few assignments for The Writing School I hadn’t put my best into and Jeff’s comments reflected that. Suddenly I became too busy to do something…

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Treasure Hunt

Over the past few months, I and three other writers of novels set in the Australian outback have got together (in a cyber-sense) to do some promotion; while we each have different writing styles, our books probably appeal to a similar audience, as they’re set in various parts of regional Australia that we each know…

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The Brains

Meet Cal. She’s the brains behind Blue Skies. When we first started talking about what the next book would hold, we came up with a few ideas. 1. Cal’s house is very old (it was actually the first double-brick home built on farming land in Esperance) and is steeped in history. I can’t remember the year, but…

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Hungry Cows!

Our cows are pretty clued in and knows what happens on our farm, almost before we do! They are an indication of what’s happening with the weather. If they are camped up, sitting as far away from the south as they can with their backs in that direction, you can guess there is going to…

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The blood-red sun

Summer has taken its toll of a lot of the people and animals this year. I’m sure ours hasn’t been has hot as the top half of Australia, but it’s been a stinker compared to what we are used to. Our hottest day was 48 degrees. We had about six catastrophic fire dangers issued and the…

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Guest Post: Sharyn Munro

When Red Dust was on its way to being published, my nerves ran riot, I was unsure of the editing process and some days, things just got too much for me. I also had the deadline of Blue Skies hanging over my head and I was fairly sure that I wasn’t going to make it.…

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Oh, how dusty!

As part of our farming operation we run a prime lamb feedlot. It’s a management tool that gets the lambs off the paddocks during summer, which in turn helps keeps our soil structure strong and (hopefully) stops paddocks from blowing, when the strong sea breezes come in every afternoon. We become quite friendly with the lambs over…

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Blue Skies

Here is the final packaging for Blue Skies! I just love it – and I love the blurb on the back. So, meet Amanda and journey with her two best friends, Hannah and Jonno and her distant father, Brian. Feel the passion she holds for Kyleena, the sun on her skin, the dirt between her…

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Stolen moments and working spaces

Being a farmer and a mum, often my writing time is snatched in between feeding kids, husband or animals and every other job you can imagine. Because of this, I’ve been known to write in a variety of places. Today I’m being very naughty and using the shade of a tree for my workspace. I’m scratching out some plans…

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Down to the Duke!

Every year huge amounts of people make the pilgrimage from Kalgoorlie, Esperance, the surrounding farms and other places, to be near these beautiful beaches. And every year at Wharton Beach, they hold swimming lessons. This year, in amongst the hum-drum of farming (of which so much is still happening), our two are doing the lessons…

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Perfect!

We are so lucky to live where we live! Sometimes I have people saying to me: ‘Oh, you live so far away from town, how do you cope?’ Well, I wouldn’t live any where else! Why do you want to live in a town, where your neighbours can hear all your arguments and then the making…

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Water anyone?

Yesterday was probably the worst day we’ve had this summer. We hit 44 degrees – the same as Marble Bar. Now there is something strange about that! Marble Bar is renown for being the hottest place in WA and it’s in the far north. Esperance is on the south coast and right near the sea!…

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Hearts in our mouths

Thunderstorms are not only impressive but their power is truly breathtaking. They are a reminder to humans: how we can’t control everything, (even though we try) and how much we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. As farmers during summer, we tend to be a bit wary of storms – especially if they don’t bring any rain.…

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Season finishes

Our season has come to an abrupt end. There wasn’t any gradual change in the grass as there can be some years. It went from green to golden in the space of about three days! Now is the time that my love/hate relationship starts with summer. I am not a fan of hot weather –…

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The old and the new

Today was a very exciting day! Our brand new toy, a John Deere tractor, was delivered. Tractors are such a huge part of our farming life – I think, either Anthony, I or our workman, are in one every day! If we’re not feeding hay with it, we’re spraying, seeding, pulling the chaser bin, carting gravel,…

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A New-Look Library

This doesn’t really look like the standard library does it? Not with all the utes parked and strange looking things, including a cement mixer, at the front. Where are the books? Well, this is my new library! I have a friend who I swap books with fairly regularly, but we don’t ever seem to be…

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