“What’s the worst thing about being a writer?” “What’s the best thing about being a writer?” “Are we going to find out what happened to Kancil’s brother in the next book?” “What’s the deal with Kitchen Boy and the tiger?” “Have you started writing the next book yet?” These are just some of the questions I’ve been asked in the past week on visits to Ringwood North Primary School and Serpell Primary School. Both schools have Grade 6 reading groups that have read Tiger Stone so it…Continue Reading “Book Talks”

Sisters in Crime Australia Logo

Yes it has been a long time. Let’s not talk about it. The news is that Tiger Stone has been long-listed for a Sisters in Crime Davitt award. I found out a couple of weeks ago and at first I thought it was a hoax but once I’d read the whole email it looked legit (no spelling mistakes, no sob story about money tied up in a distant dead relative’s bank account). It was all pretty exciting, especially because the press release mentioned Trixie Belden,…Continue Reading “Sisters in crime”

Dry Soil by Petr Kratochvil

Just in case you were wondering, this blog has not been abandoned. I’ve been busy building a kitchen. I have permission to say that from the person who has really built the kitchen. My role has been to hold pieces of plywood in place and complain about the heat (while the real builder wields a circular saw and makes cheerful noises about how satisfying it’s going to be to have built our own kitchen). I have also recently learned how to tile a laundry and glue Laminex…Continue Reading “The post drought”

I’m not sure how I should take this. The typeset manuscript of my first novel arrived in my inbox. It looked like a proper novel and I allowed myself to feel a little bit excited. I printed it out and left it on the kitchen table. When I came back to proofread it I discovered that my novel had received its first bad review. The ragged corner and puncture marks you see on the front page are from the teeth and claws of a feline critic. Harsh….Continue Reading “Critical cat”

In 2010 I started writing a novel. It took me a while to realise that I was writing a novel; at first I thought I was doing an assignment for a Professional Writing and Editing subject at TAFE. Now it is finished – the novel, not TAFE (TAFE is a different story) – and being typeset for publication. Yikes. It feels like emerging from the sea after four years of swimming with my eyes shut and now it’s time to learn to walk on dry…Continue Reading “Writing in public”