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Dawn Langley grabs the Last Word

Dawn Reno Langley – writer, traveller, blogger, teacher – provides today’s fascinating Last Word of the Week. Dawn has a PhD and loves gardening, and is a natural-born writer. Immediate connections! I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to speak with Dawn and find…

Book review: The Stars in the Night by Clare Rhoden — Isobel Blackthorn

About The Stars in the Night Harry Fletcher is a confident young man. Harry’s sure that he will marry Nora MacTiernan, no matter what their families say. He’s certain that he will always be there to protect Eddie, the boy his father saved from…

Entries for the 2019 Norma K Hemming Award are now open

A great initiative with interesting guidelines

Remembrance Day

On December 1, my WWI novel will be released. The Stars in the Night is the product of my many years of research into Australian WWI literature, and of course my love of narrative. History is a story, when all is said and done….

Diverse Books

Really valuable list of diverse picture books (as in, picture books featuring diverse characters). Thanks to Picture Books Blogger!

16 Query Tips From Agents

Some of this we’ve seen before, but goodness there are some excellent reminders…


The fact that my book now sits on a library shelf seems very surreal. I must visit and take a photo before someone borrows it – NO, wait, I really want someone to borrow it! There is this thing where authors get paid micro-microcents…

What am I doing? Moral agency and the writer

Sometimes I look up from the imaginary world I’m writing and take note of what’s around me. Sometimes I ask, What am I doing? Is this worthwhile? Can stories have value? Is this how I want to spend 2018? A dear friend recently sent…

Sci-fi rules … or might soon

I have just read Fascinating article about genre boundaries in this month’s Writers Victoria magazine, The Victorian Writer (as in, writers who live in Victoria, not those who write like Dickens necessarily!). In ‘Crossing the Streams’, author Claire Corbett writes that ‘the genres all…

Launch day!

This evening is the launch of my sci-fi, dystopian novel, The Pale. I’m very excited and just a little bit nervous. All I have to decide is what to wear, what to say, and what to read. Problems every author should have 😉