Update on Esme’s Wish!

The last few months have been a whirl of preparing Esme’s Wish for the publisher’s final edits. This last stage has been an exhausting one, but at the same time, Esme’s Wish has been on the boil for so many years, and edited so many times, that letting go... read more

Bookish bites from 2016

As the end of the year draws near, I thought I would share some of my favourite passages I’ve read this year – particularly, ones which have struck me for their intelligence and efficiency. Wuthering Heights A perfect misanthropist’s heaven: and Mr.... read more

Thinking Outside the Triangle

Writers are often advised to avoid love triangles. The YA market is saturated with them: they have become a cliché, an easy way of introducing and sustaining conflict for the protagonist. But there is something to be said for the power of three, and it is worth... read more

Steampunk Spotlight: Heart of Brass

This was such a fun read! Heart of Brass, by Australian author Felicity Banks, is a compulsively readable steampunk-infused fantasy. Upperclass Emmeline Muchamore is a keen inventor with a talent for metalwork, who possesses a remarkable brass heart. When she is... read more

Author Spotlight: Carolyn Denman

Carolyn Denman has just released her debut novel, one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Songlines is a fresh and unusual YA urban fantasy, with a unique supernatural twist: situating Paradise in a remote corner of the Victorian countryside. Songlines begins with Lainie... read more

How multi-sensory description can engage your reader

As a fantasy writer, setting often inspires me the most when I compose a story. However, no matter how clear the imagined world is in my own head, I still sometimes struggle to fully communicate my vision to the reader. It’s easy to fall back on old standbys,... read more

Esme’s Wish – Being published in 2017!

I’m delighted to announce that my debut novel, Esme’s Wish, will be published by Odyssey Books in 2017! Odyssey Books, a small Australian press with an interest in fantasy and adventure stories, will publish Esme’s Wish in both print and eBook format. I am very... read more

Six Ways to Stay on Track with Your Story

Stories don’t grow themselves – or do they? Are we partners in the process, co-conspirators, or something else entirely? And how do we stay on track when our writing wants to veer off in all sorts of directions?

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Making Masterful Hooks

Hooking your reader is an art form all of its own. From the first line, the reader is circling warily, deciding if it is safe to entrust his or her precious reading hours to your story. Compelling hooks turn ‘I might read this’ into ‘I must read this.’

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Your First Date With Your Reader

A novel is a commitment – and a first chapter is rather like a first date. During that first chapter, your reader’s radar is up: they are checking you out, trying you on for size, before going in for the long haul. They want to believe your promises… but they’ve been... read more

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