The thing about a break is it gives you a new perspective. I’ve been thinking about where I was when I started when paper met pen in August 2015, and how much I’ve learned since then about writing, about the process of pitching and dealing with publishers, and about the book community more broadly. Learning … More The Blog is Back
Hello! I thought I’d do something different today and post an unedited excerpt of my current WIP, a YA novel with the working title The A to Z of how to survive absolutely everything. I wrote this chunk today, on the first day of NaNoWriMo. My aim is to finish the first draft of A … More Work in progress: The A – Z of how to survive absolutely everything
I was lying in bed this morning trying to remember the last young adult novel I read in which the main character didn’t have at least one dead or dramatically absent parent. I couldn’t think of one. Here’s my list of recent YA reading (mostly by Australian authors): Talk under water (which I just started) … More Why are there so many dead parents in young adult fiction?
I’m sharing the most recent feedback I’ve received on my yet-to-be-published contemporary YA novel The Space Between. The Space Between is the story of a girl whose life unravels after her best friend goes missing in mysterious circumstances. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how I’m finding the process of pitching my … More Positive feedback for The Space Between – huzzah!
This book is great! I loved it! This review will be really short due to the fact that while I’m writing I’m also simultaneously cooking dinner and looking after a small person, but here goes: I loved the fabulous cover art. I loved the ballsy main character. I loved her circle of wonderful friends. I … More Book review: The incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl
In the opening scene of Claire Zorn’s award-winning YA contemporary novel, the main character Sam is in a hospital feeding coins into a payphone that’s eating them just as fast. He’s trying to contact his aunty Lorraine who he hasn’t seen in years, but who he hopes will let him come and stay. His mum … More Book review: One would think the deep by Claire Zorn
This update is a few months coming, so I’ll keep it brief but comprehensive. Crossing the finish line! I’ve declared my young adult novel, working title The Space Between, done. I went through three rounds of feedback from 2 – 3 readers each time, and subsequent revisions. I made some really big changes – … More Sunday progress update
Pieces of Sky is a debut YA novel by Australian author Trinity Doyle. From the moment I saw the beautiful cover design and read the hook of the opening sentence, I loved this book. Lucy’s older brother Cam drowned eight weeks ago. Her parents are shattered and her life has been hollowed out – she … More Book review: Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle
So this is it! The first update on progress of Smoke born (working title), which is the first part in a young adult fantasy series I’m working on. This feels like a book that has to get written. I started a version of it a few years ago and tailed off before I reached the … More Progress report #1 – The story that won’t go away