What a year 2015 has been! I am so full of thanks on this New Year's Eve. "Self"-publishing As Long As She Lives was a huge achievement which belongs to so many people as well as me: Ann Bolch, my editor; Lu Sexton, my proofer (and also an accredited editor); Lin Wee and her assistant Patrick, … Continue reading Thank you and Happy 2016!
Warning: Geekiness follows for my fountain pen loving friends (esp Kim M. Koning who was asking about good red inks a while ago) I'm well and truly into development of my next novel, now (well, next novels actually as I'm letting two projects fight it out to see which gets my full attention) and it's … Continue reading Summer fountain pen & ink rotation!
A huge thank you to Dymocks Melbourne and all who came to celebrate the launch of As Long As She Lives, it was a truly wonderful night! My editor Ann Bolch launched the book, then my dear friend Jenny Seedsman introduced me for my speech full of thanks. Emma Jaques was the photographer for the … Continue reading What a night! As Long As She Lives book launch.
I was delighted to be invited by Stephen Campbell to be on his podcast, Crimefiction.fm and, despite feeling decidedly odd being 'on mic' instead of being the audio engineer, it was great fun! As a crime fiction reader as well as writer I've been listening to the podcast since it began in April as a spin-off of his … Continue reading As Long As She Lives on Crimefiction.fm!
As of yesterday evening, I have in my Dropbox folder a shiny new file which is the fully edited and proofed manuscript of As Long As She Lives. It's done! The prose is tighter, the structure is pacier than the draft on Wattpad and it's the best I can make it at this point in … Continue reading As Long As She Lives is in production!
While hunting for a new desktop photo from my 2009 writing retreat in New Zealand, just now, I found this shot of my work table and had a realization. See that yellow legal pad? That's the beginning of As Long As She Lives! It's on the legal pad because I was working on another novel entirely … Continue reading From little things…
If you follow me on social media you'll know that I've been up and around again for a couple of months and making up for all that time lost to illness since living in Thailand. I have, of course, returned to editing As Long As She Lives, I've joined my local branch of The Australian … Continue reading Getting deeper with Subtext, the #StoryCraft Podcast.
Thank you. A thousand times, thank you! The continued support for As Long As She Lives on Wattpad has been such an inspiration as I continue to edit and polish the draft, before I try to publish it. It has meant even more these past six weeks or so as I have struggled to recover … Continue reading As Long As She Lives approaches 600,000 reads. Thank you!
It's been almost a month since I completed the serialized re-write of As Long As She Lives and in an attempt to stop myself picking up the manuscript and fiddling, before I receive my editor's first notes, I've given some thought to the experience, which I hope may be useful to current or potential Wattpad users. … Continue reading 5 things I’ve learned from Wattpad (so far)