Write on Fertile Ground

What are my sources of inspiration? I have endless sources of inspiration with three young children, a beautiful garden to nurture and enjoy, a great community of friends, and living in Albany – a coastal town with striking landscapes, abundant space and beauty. I keep the initial threads for my stories together in an ideas file. Anything from a turn of phrase, a person I pass in the street to a daydream in the

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A Time to Reflect

I don’t want to waste your time but I have a riddle for you… What is something you cannot see, something you cannot hold, but one of the most precious gifts you can give? Your time. Another year is almost over. Days seem to have flown by. Others have finished excruciatingly slowly. Each day has consisted of the same number of hours, but our

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Characters enrich our lives

Reading gives us wisdom and grows our empathy and compassion for others. I find writing magnifies this growth. As I attempt to move my hand from writing picture book stories to longer works of fiction, I am learning so much more than the art of storytelling. I’m also learning how to be a better human. My current work in progress is particularly challenging. I’ve

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A joke a day from the 7th of May!

I love to make up corny ‘Dad’ jokes and the more daggy they are, the more my kids groan. I’ve taken on the challenge of replacing the list of ‘Beautiful Sentences,’ which we have blue-tacked to our toilet wall, with a month of my own play-on-words and jokes. If you are interested in following these, I’ll be popping them up daily on my Instagram

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An update

The momentum has picked up with a middle grade novel I have been working on over the last eight months. I’m hoping I’ll have this finished and ready for submission later this year so my apologies for the lack of activity on my blog. Despite not posting much on my web page, the second half of 2017 and the start of this year have

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The beauty of unconditional love

Creative constipation. It’s terrible. We can all get bogged down and clogged up with personal struggles. Sometimes it’s hard to breathe, take that step away, view a situation from another perspective and get one’s mojo back on track. Writers generally speaking tend to be a sensitive bunch, so circumstances affect us deeply. Such sensitivity is a trait I am inflicted with, for better or

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Join us for a book launch!

Hi everyone, ‘Can I Come Too, Eliza-Lou?’ is here. Please join us for the book launch this coming Sunday in Perth. Wild Eyed Press are celebrating the release of four picture books in their 2017 catalogue at Paperbird Book Shop in Fremantle.  We hope to see you there!


Can I Come Too, Eliza-Lou?

Excitement is mounting! For the final copy edits of my next picture book ‘Can I Come Too, Eliza-Lou?,’ illustrated by Rebecca Cool, I was emailed this story in an electronic format which Wild Eyed Press sends on to their graphic designer. The graphic designer makes alterations to the position and shape of the text on each page, and works with the illustrations, to create

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Grateful for Feedback

Critiques are fantastic! The other day, someone asked me, ‘how do you respond to a critique? Surely having someone tell you what is wrong with your manuscript makes you feel miserable?‘ Quite the opposite….Receiving a critique on your picture book manuscript or the first ten pages of your novel at a conference, is a most valuable learning experience for any new writer. And I

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Community

I recently returned from an inspiring few days on Rottnest Island for the annual Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators retreat. I caught up with old friends, made new friends, received some great education and inside tips from guest publishers and W.A.’s published authors and illustrators, I was encouraged in my own writing and had a huge amount of fun. I’ve returned home buzzing with fresh ideas

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Identity

Who am I? This is one of those universal questions that is explored in many books for middle-grade readers. It is a question that has popped up in the junior fiction/ middle-grade manuscripts I’ve been working on over the last couple of years. In two stories I’ve recently finished (unpublished) my main protagonists seek to find answers to questions around identity in very different ways. I’ve been writing a

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