Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Autumn Leaves

Autumn (that's Fall to some of you) is my favourite time of year. It's Goldilocks weather, not too hot, not too cold.

We had some stinking hot days this summer down under, and the change of season with a bit of rain and the drop back to civilised temperatures has been a welcome relief.

I've added some lovely fallen leaves and autumn tones to my page to reflect the time of year. It just makes me want to go out and find some trees so I can roll around and play in all that crunchy crackling leaf-fall.

For now I'll settle for a nice cup of English Breakfast tea as I get back to writing :-) Leaves later!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour


I was tagged in this Writing Process Blog Tour by Alyssa J Montgomery – Thanks Alyssa!

I was supposed to post yesterday Monday 3 March but I’ve only just surfaced today after a nasty bout of illness – my apologies for the late post!!

You can find all about Alyssa and her writing process here and here.

My Writing Process

1) What am I working on?
I’m working on a related book to my current release, This is Now. It’s also a New Adult urban contemporary story set in Sydney with one of the characters that featured (there's a hint!) in This is Now stepping up to take the lead, and some new characters introduced as well.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think the main point of difference is that my books are set in Australia and they are quite Australian with regard to language and sense of place.

3) Why do I write what I do?
I grew up in the Sydney outer suburbs and also spent a lot of time in country NSW. I write what I know best, I guess.

4) How does my writing process work?
It’s a constantly evolving process. Currently I do a lot of thinking and scribbling in notebooks. Then I write a scene outline and a synopsis that has the connections between events and reactions. Then I write the actual story.

I’ve tagged Amanda Canhan and Georgie Tyler for next week, to share their writing process, with their posts expected on Monday 10 March. You can find out about these awesome writers below:


Amanda Canham
Always the straightest arrow in a creative family, I left my imagination in the hands of the very skilled authors I grew up reading. After completing a degree in psychology, I moved to beautiful Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia, where I focused on a career as a Sleep Scientist. Two children later, I turned my hand to writing my first romance and was more surprised than anyone to discover I had a very active imagination! Now I split my time between writing, working as a scientist & mothering my two young children.
http://amandacanham.com/

Georgie Tyler
Georgie Tyler lives on Sydney’s leafy North Shore with her husband and three children. After years of being a stay-at-home mum she decided to branch out and return to university to study teaching and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not teaching or writing she likes to watch movies, catch up with family and friends, and has been known to dally with social media.
http://www.georgietyler.com/









Saturday, January 18, 2014

This Is Now gets a new look

Hey, look - new cover:

This Is Now

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Regardless of which cover version is on display, it's so exciting to see it online, waiting in the wings! Not long now...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

This Is Now

I've been at it again - I have a new book coming out! This Is Now, from Escape Publishing, out 1 February 2014.

The awesome Cover Fairies at Escape have been at it again too:




About This Is Now:

A gritty, urban New Adult Cinderella story where the princess can do her own rescuing — she just needs someone to believe in her.

Sister to car thieves, ex-girlfriend to a drug dealer, high school dropout, no-hoper and loser — Jess is on the sidelines, watching her life become one epic fail. Her dreams of university are fading fast, as the people in her life fight to confine her to their own expectations.

Then she meets Sebastien, a gifted cellist from a very different walk of life. Sebastien is clean and strong and talented. He likes and respects her, but he too has expectations. Sebastien seems to think she can do anything, and Jess, despite her fears and the secrets she hides, is starting to believe him.

But just as Jess dares to hope, the secrets in her past and the lies in her present catch up with her. All seems lost and she has to make a choice. Between past and future. Between home and hope. Between now and never. And this is now.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Junkies Choice Awards


If you're a writer or a reader you may know that book junkies Sara and Rachel with help from Sasha have launched their Book Junkie's Choice Awards! It's not only a real thrill to see my book nominated (thank you!) but it's also great fun to see how many of my favourite books have already been listed. And of course, it's like a one-stop shop for finding exciting new books to add to my ever-expanding reading pile.

So why not head over there and browse the nominees? I will be :-)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Author 10Q: Whitney K-E

Today I am delighted to share an Author 10Q interview with exciting new Aussie author Whitney K-E. Her debut novel What Happens in Ireland is out now from Secret Cravings Publishing.

MG: What made you want to be a writer?
 
WK-E: I don’t think I ever just decided to be a writer. I just became one. I was going through a pretty rough patch in my life and I needed an outlet. I didn’t exactly put my emotions into the novel, but rather the strength of my emotions fuelled my desire to write this story. I needed an escape. And what better place to escape to than into your imagination?

MG: Who were your early influences?
 
WK-E: I have so many. I don’t read as much as I used to but my major influences were Rachael Treasure,
Eloisa James and Kresley Cole. Such different genres and authors, but they have allowed me to explore a few genres.

MG: What influences you now?
 
WK-E: Every book I read and every moment of experience I have, influence my writing. My writing is a part of me and anything that affects me, affects it.

MG: What is your favourite movie and why?
 
WK-E: I always struggle with these questions. Movies, music, actors ect… I can never just pick one haha. But, I can tell you today, I’m in the mood to watch Leap Year. I love the characters in this film. And Declan is a heartthrob. I love a cheeky Irishman.

MG: If you could have a coffee chat with anyone, who would it be?
 
WK-E: Gosh… To choose. Can’t I have a tea party haha?

MG: What are you working on now?
 
WK-E: Edits for the second novel in my series, Deceive Me in Ireland.

MG: Who is your hero in real life?
 
WK-E: My friends and family. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
 
MG: Tell us about What Happens in Ireland in 50 words.
 
WK-E: Australian, Kate Barrow meets a handsome Irishman in a Dublin bar who later reveals himself to be her future manager-in-co on a thoroughbred stud in Killarney. Jack’s unlike any man Kate has ever encountered and despite her reservations, Kate soon finds out that the Irish charm is hard to resist.

MG: What sparked the idea for this story?
 
WK-E: A two year long wait for me to make my trip to Ireland. I was so excited and my muse was awakened. After going there, she’s been busier than ever!
 
MG: I know you love horses – what brought this about?
 
WK-E: Haha, apparently I was born horse-mad. I used to ask for the barbies dolls with the horses and used to ditch the barbies and just play with the horses. I begged my parents for 15 years for a horse and I guess, my horse has become a part of my life. I just love ‘em haha.

MG: Thanks Whitney for taking the time for Author 10Q. Be sure to go check out Whitney's book! You can buy it here.
 

Ever wondered what happens in Ireland?

When Australian, Kate Barrow, meets a handsome Irishman in a Dublin bar, she has no idea that he’s about to turn her world upside-down and inside-out.

In Ireland to take on a position on a thoroughbred stud, Kate is shocked when her manager-in-co reveals himself to be the same man she’d met in Dublin.

Jack is drawn to Kate. The problem is, she won't have him. But Jack has always loved a challenge and the intriguing woman from Oz is one he cannot resist.

Harbouring the sting of another man’s betrayal, Kate is certain she wants nothing to do with love and nothing to do with Jack O’Reilly. But when naked torsos, Mother Nature and dysfunctional umbrellas start plotting against her resolve, she realizes the charms of an Irishman are going to be hard to resist.

The Author:

Whitney K-E is an Australian author writing for Secret Cravings Publishing. Always a lover of the Romance genre, it was no surprise that she one day began to type her first story of love. Now, three years on, she’s contracted her first novel What Happens in Ireland and bringing reader’s tales from the Emerald Ireland to the Sunburnt Country.

What Happens in Ireland released on May 7th, so prepare yourself to be charmed by her story and her characters.


If you’d like to find out more about Whitney or her novel, you can connect with her here:

 
Twitter: @whitney_ke – https://twitter.com/Whitney_KE
 
 
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Afraid if you do, afraid if you don't

Writers can spend a lot of time 'not writing', even though they have story ideas they are busting to work on. It seems outrageous to be raring to get writing and then, not. So why not?

A lot of the time it's because of fear.

Fear is sneaky. It skulks. It's also really good at pretending to be something else: I need more time. I have to do more research. I need to finish my outline first. All seemingly legitimate reasons for not writing; all just a cover story for a hidden fear.

What are your doubts? I'm not good enough. My ideas are crap. Nobody would want to read this anyway. I don't know how. This idea is too good to mess up. My characters are boring. My story is boring. I'm boring, waaaaah! It all comes down this: I'm not good enough, I'm not good enough, I'm not good enough.

I get on and write by reminding myself of two things:

1. All fear and every fear is really the fear that you aren't good enough. 

2. It doesn't matter how good you are because nobody will write your story but you.

It doesn't matter because there isn't anbody better, there isn't anybody else who can do it, there is only you.

Actually writing your story doesn't depend on how good you are, it depends on how determined you are. And later, after it is written, then you can decide how good it is and what work needs to be done to improve it.

Write the story. You're the only one who can.