Exciting times ahead

A while ago, we bought a house. It was very exciting. We had plans, you see. Ones that involved me coming to town four days a week, so we could transition our Number One Son into high school. There is a boarding house in town but, with his autism, we thought settling him into school…

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The funny places I write!

The one thing about cropping, is as hard as you try, there is always likely to be something that isn’t quite perfect about the grain. It might rain, and it get stained or worse, begin to sprout. This decreases the quality. Sometimes you might find that the boomspray has had a blocked jet and there’s…

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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

It can be daunting sitting down at a blank computer screen wondering if I know enough words to fill it enough to tell a story. I need somewhere between 90 and 100,000 of the bloody things! And, obviously, they all have to make sense and have a story line in there as well.

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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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The start of Silver Gums

This normal-looking purple book holds they key to my imagination. It’s where I write down every thought and detail I have for my next book, Silver Gums.   I can’t tell you much about it at the moment, as I’m still working through the plot, ideas and characters.   This time I have done things…

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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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Dusting up a storm

‘Fleur dusts up a storm’ – according to RRR Network News!   A while ago I was asked to write a piece, for the RRR Network News,  about how Red Dust came into being.   RRR stands for Rural, Remote and Regional Women. It’s a wonderful magazine that connects rural women together, finds women who…

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The hardest part is done!

I’m feeling wonderfully relieved! The Blue Skies manuscript is winging its way to Sydney, via the internet! And earlier than my deadline – which I’m really happy about! I finished the final touches and now its a waiting game to see if Louise, my publisher, likes it (that’s always really nerve wracking!), then its onto…

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The Winner!

Well, after trawling through all the entries for the Farm name comp, we finally have a winner! But before I tell you who it is, I’ve got to thank everyone who entered. The response was enormous, with entries coming from as far away as New Zealand. The decision was actually really hard – now I…

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Blue Skies … nearly there

Blue Skies is nearly complete. I have the editing to go and I’m positive that I’ll make the September 1 deadline – which is fantastic for me and Allen and Unwin, as they’ve already got the freelance editor, Ali Lavau, booked to start work on the manuscript, basically as soon as it arrives. I’ve really…

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Here’s the Competition!

Together with That’s Life magazine, we’ve thought of a way that you can be included in helping write Blue Skies! If you head to this link you can enter the competition that we’ve got going for a farm name. You’ll have your name mentioned in the acknowledgements if I chose the name you’ve entered, plus…

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Blue Skies — the next book!

I’ve had lots of questions about whether there’s a new book in the making. Well, there is! Its been on the go for a while, but got shoved onto the back burner when Red Dust was released. However, today’s the day! With a cold northerly blowing and tomorrow being taken up with lamb marking, I’m…

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Mountain Friends and Rubber Boots!

I’ve just spent a wonderful, cool weekend wallowing between the pages of Mountain Tails by Sharyn Munro. Sharyn is an extraordinary woman, who lives alone on the side of a mountain. She has turned the land she owns into a recognised Wildlife Refuge and her concern for the Australian environment and all its native creatures…

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Thickening ‘the Plot’

Occasionally I draw a blank when it comes to ‘the plot’ thickening. That’s where friends come into it! We get together, have a couple of glasses of wine and let those crazy idea’s flow! Sometimes it’s the most crazy ones that actually take off. We were missing an important person last time we had a…

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The good, the bad and the ugly!

Some days I have great days with my writing. Everything flows easily, the story unfolds perfectly… and then there are the days when nothing works and my sentences look like they’ve been constructed by a six-year-old, not someone who loves to write. Today is one of those days. See the red scrawls? They indicates that…

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