Interview with Nadia L. King, Author of Jenna’s Truth

This post is devoted an author who has tackled a difficult subject and succeeded admirably. Nadia King, an author originally from Dublin but now living in Australia, has taken an intense and painful subject and shone light on it through her powerful novella... read more

Esme’s Wish: Book launch highlights

Happy holidays everyone! I’m pleased to let you all know that the book launch period for Esme’s Wish is finally complete! Two launches were held in Sydney and Brisbane, the latter in the wonderful Mad Hatters’ bookshop, pictured above. So far, the reception to... read more

Happy Book Birthday to Esme’s Wish!

Today’s the day! Happy book birthday to Esme’s Wish! My dream is finally being realised and I am buzzing with enthusiasm, giddy with joy and more than ready for a glass or two of champagne. If you are keen to buy a copy or two, check out the home page of this website... read more

Esme’s Wish cover reveal and first reviews!

Exciting news: Esme’s Wish has a cover! Illustrated by Furea, the cover is a wraparound design with the ocean featuring on both front and back. For me, Furea’s illustration perfectly captures the direction and feel of the story, and a sense of its whimsy.... read more

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

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