Christmas Book List

Are you in a mad scramble to finish your Christmas shopping? Let me take some of the sting out of it for you. For your book-lover friends, here are ten book ideas from interviews I've done with female authors I've met through various writing activities. The books vary in style, length and genre, so there should be something for everyone: contemporary or historical, memoir or fiction, romantic or gritty.

Fire it Up!

In my last blog about Houston, I wrote about the first school production I did with The Woodlands Preparatory School. Being a mad sucker for punishment, and figuring that the first time you do something is always the hardest, I agreed to produce the next year's show. We brought the whole team back together, including Jacquie Fox in her lead role.

Kate Murdoch on Managing Multiple Manuscripts

Award-winning author Kate Murdoch is about to release her second novel, The Orange Grove, which delves into the murky relationships between the five mistresses of a nobleman in early 18th century France.

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Think of your book proposal as a business plan for your book. It explains your book's content, the need it fills and where it fits in the market. Further, it positions you, the author, as the most qualified person to write and promote the book.

My Top Three Editing Disasters

I had a math teacher at school who used to say, "I'm a mathematician, not an arithmetician." She loved the logic of maths, but made errors in addition or multiplication. This is a bit like my style of editing. I love structural and line edits, but I can overlook details.

Natalie Muller, Publisher at Black Cockie Press

Ever wondered what it takes to become a publisher? Natalie Muller has done just that. An experienced teacher, she became increasingly drawn to the world of books. After completing a Master of Arts in writing, she published her own novel, Poisoning the Nest. Today, she runs Black Cockie Press and The Wild Goose literary e-magazine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Formatting a Manuscript

If you want to submit a manuscript to an agent, but don't understand the basics of formatting on Word, this post is for you. To avoid the telltale signs of an amateur – tabs or spaces to indent paragraphs, or returns in place of page breaks – read on for a step by step guide.

Kelli Virtanen, Mansfield Mother, Wellness Coach, Author

New Zealander Kelli Virtanen, or Kelli Vee as she is known professionally, moved to Mansfield 20 years ago and has been here ever since. In that time, besides riding the highs and lows of parenting, she has studied extensively in the wellness field and established an international business. If you have ever wondered what a healer does and how she spends her days, read on …

Eleni Hale – Novelist

Eleni Hale isn’t one to shy away from a difficult topic. Her first novel, Stone Girl, tells the story of what can happen when adolescents are abandoned by protection services, ostracised by society and have to fend for themselves.

Kate Murdoch on Writing Historical Fiction

Update: Stone Circle is a First Place Category winner in the Chaucer Awards for 2018! Kate Murdoch, an accomplished painter, exhibited for fourteen years, was a finalist in prize shows and was represented by a gallery. She changed paths after a character appeared to her in a dream and compelled her to tell his story. … Continue reading Kate Murdoch on Writing Historical Fiction