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24 September 2019

Midnight Echo will be published in digital format on Amazon at the end of the year. I’m thrilled to be included in the line-up of authors that includes some big names of the Australian and New Zealand horror writers scene. Here’s a sneak peek of the table of contents for Issue 14

29 August 2019

I’ve had a few successes this week. In the last three to four months, I had submitted five pieces to various publications Two have been accepted and one is gracing a shortlist.
1. My short story, A tale of the Ainu, has been accepted for inclusion in the Australasian Horror Writers Association’s magazine, Midnight Echo, issue #14. The theme for this issue is Things Are Not As They Seem.
2. My drabble (100-word story), The devil incarnate, has been accepted by The Aussie small press, Things in the Well, for inclusion in the anthology Guilty Pleasures to be released later this year.
3. I made the shortlist of Baggage Productions’ Madwomen Monologues with my piece, Dad’s final masterpiece. Fingers crossed that come November someone will be strutting my stuff across a stage at The Butterfly Club.
In case you’re wondering about the body horror story, it’s still out there seeking the magazine that wants it…

9 June 2019

I’m workshopping my new story on Tuesday morning. It’s a ‘body horror’ story based on a recent medical experience I had. I’m writing it in third person because it was so traumatising, I need to distance myself from it.

On Friday afternoon, I decided I could best spend the time finishing the book I was reading. After all, I had a whole long weekend to finish the short story. And the book was niggling at me; I had to find out how it ended.

On Saturday, I decided to finish the quilt I was making. It had to be done. I’d been putting it off for at least a month and that hand sewing wasn’t going to do itself!

Today, I had to spring clean the Scriptorium. How could I possibly write when I knew the windowsills needed to be dusted and the decor items rearranged and the floor vacuumed and the antique cabinet polished and the doilies washed and the bookcases alphabetised and… my writing room looks great. It smells of lavender furniture polish. But it’s four o’clock now and… I’m exhausted.

I’ll finish the story on Monday. I know it’s a public holiday but I’ll just have to work. I have a deadline. I’m workshopping my new story on Tuesday morning.

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23 April 2019
Earlier this year, my husband Grant was asked to write a blog, about coping with MS, for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the UK. Our daughter Mel, who lives in London, has a friend at MS UK. Grant was keen to tell his story, but he wasn’t confident about doing the writing. We talked about his journey with MS, and then I wrote the blog for him. We’re so pleased to see it up on the MS Society UK website.

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25 September 2018
I recently returned from six weeks in London to find a copy of the September issue of Quadrant magazine in my mail. It was such
a delight to see my story, ‘Painting with my father’, in print, not to mention my name on the front cover as the writer of the Fiction contribution for this edition!
Copies available at large newsagents, bookstores such as Readings, or by email: contact@quadrant.org.au

“I cried at the end of your story! It was very moving and beautifully understated. So lean and well paced…”
Jen Storer
children’s author and creative writing guru

25 June 2018
Progress on the book slowed a little while I was in Far North Queensland, because there were just too many fabulous places to visit and sights to see.

So pleased to report that the story I submitted to Quadrant magazine in April has been accepted for publication!

31 May 2018
Last day of autumn. Hello winter! But I’m in Cairns and it’s a glorious 28˚C. All day long. I’m sitting on the balcony of my sister-in-law’s home, writing. When I look up to ponder, this is what I see…

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So far, I’ve had no trouble putting my fingers on the keys every day. I wish I could stay here ’till Christmas, I’d definitely get this book finished. Then again, I probably wouldn’t be able to write because I’d be too damn hot!

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Anyway, my news is that four books I wrote for a Chinese ESL publisher arrived in the mail last week. They were illustrated and produced in China. I think the illustrations are lovely, except maybe for some of the noses…

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I’ve spent the greater part of this month planning my new novel. It’s a fictional memoir that, until a couple of months ago, concentrated on a woman’s relationship with her father. As happens with fiction, the story has twisted and turned and grown arms like an octopus. Now, the protagonist is dealing with both her father and her husband. So, I’m currently working on ways to weave the two stories together. It’s challenging, but oh so satisfying when the ideas and threads and links begin to gel.

In the last couple of days, I’ve submitted two short stories to a couple of magazines for publication. Fingers crossed…

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