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.

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.

Claire Hoffman on Dealing With Death

Death isn’t easy to talk about, yet Claire tackles the topic with candour, insight and sensitivity. Her journey from property law to organic farming, through running a grocery store, has brought her to a turning point. With business partner Rose Gilder, she has launched Undertaking Grace, a not-for-profit organisation offering death literacy, funerals and bereavement care.

Theresa Commadeur on Dealing With Change

As a natural health practitioner, or ‘emotional health coach’, Theresa taps into this personal experience to help others going through change. She understands that transitions involve a grieving process and has seen how important it is to be adaptable and to step outside your comfort zone when assimilating to a new environment.

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.

Sandra Lording, Mansfield Photographer

Sandra Lording, police officer turned photographer, moved to Mansfield two years ago. For the first eighteen months, she was ready to return to Melbourne, but thanks to connections made through work and helpful locals, she settled. She now works for the Mansfield Courier and is growing her photography business. She’s been kind enough to share … Continue reading Sandra Lording, Mansfield Photographer