I’ve Been Snapshot! #scifi #fantasy #books @AustSFSnapshot

The Australian speculative fiction snapshot series celebrates the breadth and depth of Australia’s speculative fiction scene by interviewing prominent writers, editors and booksellers in the industry. I was first interviewed for the series in 2012 (by David McDonald), then in 2014 (by Stephanie Gunn) and it’s an honour to be included …

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What is a Writing Retreat? Culture Shock!

Morning Tea!

A lot of writers struggle to find the time to actually write. Among other things, we have family commitments, paid work, sleep and shiny things on the internet to juggle before any writing gets done. So I couldn’t wait for this weekend – an entire weekend of writing on a …

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How to Get Kids Writing

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Earlier this week my 10-yr-old son Brandan and 9-yr-old daughter Ophelia were featured in our local newspaper, The Manly Daily, in an article encouraging more kids to get writing. This is Brandan and Ophelia’s third year entering our local council’s writing competition and their stories have received praise in the …

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Two Worlds Collide for The Kids’ Cancer Project

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to participate in the 2016 write-a-book-in-a-day challenge. I emphasize ‘lucky’ because if I were the parent of a child with cancer, I wouldn’t be able to spend a day writing… I probably wouldn’t be able to write at all. There’s nothing more heartbreaking for …

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Would You Live Off-Grid?

As a writer of speculative fiction, I often think about the future. I love disaster and apocalyptic stories, and sometimes wonder if I should do more to prepare for possible calamity. On a basic level, I should probably keep some bottled water and tins of beans in the garage. We …

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Why Isn’t Your Family Watching Doctor Who?! Five Reasons They Should…

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I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was eight years old. I used to be terrified by its monsters. Each adventure swept me away so convincingly I often felt something was coming to get me. Still, I looked forward to every – single – episode. Now that I’m a mum, …

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Raising Money to Cure Kids’ Cancer with @KidsCancerProj @BelindaMurrell

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On Saturday afternoon a bunch of lovely young readers, friends, family and writers, including the bestselling children’s author Belinda Murrell, came to Manly Library to support my continued fundraising for The Kids’ Cancer Project, this time through the launch of my co-authored children’s book Rider & the Hummingbird. Rider & …

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