Sale Time!

I’m just dropping a quick note to let everyone know that both e-books in the Esme series – Esme’s Wish and Esme’s Gift – are on sale for a few weeks, so if you are looking for new reading material it’s a great time to grab a copy. The Esme series is the perfect escape...

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Esme’s Gift is here!

Hi, everyone! I’m super excited to announce that the second book in the Esme trilogy is finally out! Esme’s Gift was published in December and is available worldwide through Amazon, Book Depository, or in Australia through Booktopia. The sequel continues the...

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Interview with Laurie Bell

Laurie Bell, a Melbourne-based author, recently asked me some questions about my writing and decided to hold the interview in a café in Esperance! I loved her creative approach and thought I'd reproduce the interview here. We might end up doing something similar for...

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Esme’s Wish Turns One Year Old!

As of today, Esme’s Wish is one year old! Twelve months ago my debut novel was launched and my dream of becoming an author came true. I'm still not used to having a book lying around the house with my name on it, and I am still pinching myself that it has been so well...

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Interview with Mawson Bear

It's easy to feel lost and alone in this fast-moving world, and comfort can come from unexpected places. In Mawson Bear's picture book for adults we meet a wise old bear who offers simple advice that goes straight to the heart. The following interview is with Mawson...

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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 the...

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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...

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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. Here's a...

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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 of it has...

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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. Heathcliff and I...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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