Kirsten Alexander on Riptides

After the atmospheric Half Moon Lake, Kirsten Alexander is back with Riptides, a novel that explores actions and consequences, and how personal deeds can have ramifications at a far greater level. Although this is her second published book, she actually wrote it first. In this interview, she shares the steps that led to its publication as well, insights to her writing process and thoughts about learning from the past.

The Publishing Success Flowchart

Wouldn't it be great if we had a surefire formula for publishing success? Should you conform to genre conventions and write about topical issues, or remain true to your instincts? Well look no further – to answer this question, I've developed the Publishing Success Flowchart. 

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.

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.

Gbenga Yusuf and The Perfect Dance

A week to write, cast and rehearse a show was a big ask, but was it impossible? Not for a director who's been pitching for three years to secure the opportunity to produce a show. And not for a writer with a script in the wings that she was longing to push onto stage.

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.

Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 3

Today, I post the final 10 of my entries in Writers Victoria flash fiction competition, which they ran to celebrate their 30th anniversary. For 30 days they posted a prompt at 8:00 am and we had until midnight to write a 30 words response. I was lucky enough to win April 7 for the prompt Saltwater. … Continue reading Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 3

Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 2

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Writers Victoria ran a flash fiction competition in April, 2019. For 30 days they posted a prompt at 8:00 am and we had until midnight to write a 30 words response. I was lucky enough to win April 7 for the prompt Saltwater. I posted my first 10 stories here. … Continue reading Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 2

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.