Happy Australia Day 2016

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day to all my readers. It’s a public holiday here and we’ll be spending the day getting the kids ready for school (the new school year starts on Thursday), and having my family over for dinner tonight.

I’m also hoping to get some editing done today, but that will depend on other tasks for the day… My book about cubing is getting closer to being finished, which is pretty exciting. This is a project close to my heart as it’s something that my kids have inspired.

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Gratitude post – 2015

Things to be grateful for in my writing life 2015

Things to be grateful for in my writing life 2015

One of the challenges for Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers is to write a list of things we are grateful for in our writing life during 2015. It’s so easy to focus on the negative’s, but this exercise made me focus on something positive, and not just the successes.

I thought I’d put some of those things here on my blog.

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Happy New Year – 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe it’s 2016 already? I can’t. Last year went by so quickly, though if you ask my nearly 14 year old, it went too slowly!

Last year, I got quite a bit of writing done, even if I didn’t get much published other than an ebook for authors. I did get a lot of editing done and aim to publish two more Green Oaks Primary School books this year.

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Merry Christmas 2015


I would like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas. This snow globe is one that my younger son gave me a few years ago as a Christmas present and it sits on my shelf all year around, it’s too nice to put away!

I hope you all have a lovely day full of family, fun, laughter, and lots of books!

Carry Me Home – Book Launch

Carry Me Home

Carry Me Home

Last night, I had wonderful time at the book launch for the launch of Dorothy Adamek’s first book, Carry Me Home.

I met Dorothy online through a Facebook writer’s group, and met her face to face for the first time in 2012. She’s such a lovely person and I was so excited to be able to attend her launch (it was an added bonus that I had a child free night and was able to attend without having to rush home for the babysitter!).

At the appointed time, I headed off to Dorothy’s home for her launch. I had some wonderful conversations with some fellow authors as well as Dorothy’s friends and family before the speeches started.

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ABC – Day 30 – Movie of my book

When Hollywood calls...

When Hollywood calls…

If a Hollywood agent were to come knocking on your door with an offer to turn your book into a movie and told you that you could call all the shots, who would you have direct and star in it? Write the first paragraph of a glowing Rotten Tomatoes review of your film.

To be honest, if a Hollywood agent came knocking I would be completely surprised…. I would prefer someone from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation come knocking and offer to turn my Green Oaks Primary School books into a TV series.

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ABC – Day 23 – Meeting a character or reader

Nepalese food entree - eating with a character

Nepalese food entree – eating with a character

If you could meet one of your main characters or ideal reader anywhere in the world for coffee, drinks, dinner, or a caramel (tipping my hat to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting), who would it be, where would you meet them, and why?

This one was pretty easy. I would love to share a Dahl Baht (Nepalese food) with Sam from Swallow Me, NOW!. The ideal place would be back in Nepal, but I would be happy to go to my favourite Nepalese restaurant. In fact, I wouldn’t mind having Nepalese food with anyone, any time!

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ABC – Day 18 – Music

Music in your book

Music in your book

If there were one song that captured the meaning, spirit, message, energy, and or substance of your book, what would it be? How can you use that song or piece of music to market your book or enhance your readers’ experience with your book?

I can’t think of a specific song that captures the essence of Swallow Me, NOW!. However, there are a few songs that have strong messages about bullying that makes me think of this story whenever I hear them. If you have the time, listen to the songs, especially the lyrics (the music is good too). [Read more…]

ABC – Day 7 – Writers Block

Overcoming Writer's Block

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Do you ever experience writer’s block? What do you recommend to help overcome writer’s block? Any foolproof tricks that always work for you?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that I do experience writer’s block. I have blogged about it here, and here.

Over the last few years, I’ve learned that writer’s block seems to happen most when I’m exhausted and overwhelmed. Where possible, I try to take a break from writing completely, and then find a challenge or a story to get my teeth into when things settle down. [Read more…]

ABC – Day 4 – Writing Role Models

Writing role models

Writing role models

Who are your writing role models? Whose writing has most influenced you? Who are your writing mentors?

I have always been encouraged to write, though not always overtly. My English teachers always encouraged me and helped my writing improve. My parents also encouraged me, especially when I was in high school, taking me to writing workshops and helping me enter awards. [Read more…]

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