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Terese Eglington

I am mother of four, wife and Primary School teacher who enjoys creating, whether it is art, poetry or dance costumes. I love sharing my creativity with others and especially enjoy encouraging children to create using their wonderful imaginations.  I was born in Gosford and lived near Henry Kendell Cottage. We moved to Valentine, Lake Macquarie, and spent a lot of my childhood exploring the nearby bush and lake foreshores. I distinctly remember exploring the bush trails and appreciating the sounds, sensations and sights along the way. I am constantly drawn to nature and enjoy focussing on this in my stories, poetry and art. I completed my education and tertiary studies in Newcastle, NSW, before venturing to Melbourne, Wagga and Townsville. I finally settled in Toowoomba with my husband, David and our four children (who are now in their teens and older).

I have always been involved in the Arts in some form having had a musical father and talented mother. I taught dance as a hobby for 15 years, while pursuing a career in teaching. My passion, however, was to become an artist. Now, encouraged by my husband, family and friends, I have been able to combine both writing and art in my new venture and share that with the children I so dearly love to teach.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing ever since I was a child when I was given a diary as a birthday gift. Since then, I have always enjoyed jotting down any memorable moments, ideas or emotional upheavals. Now, I love to include poetry, inspirations, sketches and art ideas.

What has inspired your writing? 

Life itself is the key to my inspirations; the highs, the lows, the pleasures and pains, children’s antics and my observation of people and life around me.

Tell us about your writing process:

For me, writing is often a fleeting moment or a spark that ignites into a poetic frenzy. I scribe, leaving gaps where the meter or rhyme don’t quite work and review the gaps later. I love spontaneous writing and sometimes find my best ideas flow in the quiet hours of the morning. There’s something amazing about sitting be candle light at three in the morning, soul searching when all is peaceful and calm.

My first book began as a poem followed by a few rough sketches. After leaving the idea to fester while I absorbed the sunsets, scenery and environment where we live, I re-wrote the poem and then dropped the rhyme altogether to free up the story and let thoughts flow without restrictions. Satisfied with the story I then redeveloped the artwork, adding vibrancy and progression through colour and movement.

It’s so important not to rush but to step back from an artwork or piece of writing and view it from different perspectives.

What are your books about?

‘Wot-si-u and the Whispering Wattles’ is my first published work. Inspired by a magnificent Iron Bark on my property and the beautiful scenery of the Darling Downs, I was keen to create a tale that focused on appreciation for what we have, the friends we make, the knowledge we share and the connections we often disregard.

Overcoming isolation, loneliness and the quest for knowledge are the main issues faced by the lead character, Wot-si-u. Eventually Wot-si-u sees plenty and not just what is around him but through the experiences of others. The paintings, based on the landscapes and wildlife of our local area came to life on the canvas almost instinctively, and the sense of flowing from one scene to another was aided with a variety of music played in the background to create mood and tone. The greatest challenge was capturing the tree’s perspective. This I achieved by climbing several trees and photographing the view from high up. The original paintings are currently on exhibition in the foyer and coffee shop of Cobb and Co Museum.

I researched publishing companies and options for months before deciding to take full control of my project, that way I could achieve a quality product – something to be proud of. By self-publishing I was also able to use and promote local businesses.

My next book, currently underway, is also based on a tree but from a totally different perspective. My third book, also in progress, is about a grandma, her wonderful ways and the dilemma of dementia.

What are you reading?

Apart from the children’s books I read to my students at school and the occasional poetry collection, I mainly read for knowledge, skills and research.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

I enjoyed studying the poems of William Wordsworth and Robert Frost as a student, the quirky poems of Pam Ayres as a new mum and the picture books of Rob Scotton, Jeannie Baker,  Mem Fox, Graeme Base and Jackie French (just to name a few). I enjoy books that make you search for visual clues, hidden meanings and interesting philosophies.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

The perfect book is one that is dog-eared, well-worn and obviously revisited, a bit like your favourite cookbook. No matter how many times you read it, there is always something new you’ve discovered or previously overlooked.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Most of my time is spent teaching or researching for teaching. I endeavour to paint, draw or garden in my ‘spare time’ and love to go to bed with a sketchbook in hand so I can write down a last-minute thought, a word of appreciation or an idea I’m developing into a poem or artwork. I love spending time with my family, especially eating the evening meal by the fire and watching the sunset with my husband, David, cuppa in hand and camera at the ready.

 

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Robin Storey

I had been a part-time freelance writer for many years while bringing up my children, dabbling in the occasional short story, when I decided in 2002, much to my own surprise, to write a novel. Perfect Sex, a romantic comedy, became a bottom drawer manuscript, which I resurrected, rewrote, and published in 2013, four months after I published my first novel, comedy crime How Not To Commit Murder.

I still enjoy short story writing as a break from the marathon of novel writing and have won a  couple of awards, including  Highly Commended in the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards in 2011 for my short story Sleuthing For Beginners. I’m entering again this year, 2014, and after I’ve written my short story I intend to extend it, flesh it out and transform it into my third novel, another comedy crime. (working title A Girl’s Best Friend).

How long have you been writing?

All my life, but writing fiction seriously since 2002.  I also still do some freelance writing, but I find creative writing the most challenging and consequently the most rewarding.

What has inspired your writing?  

My own experiences, which I can then embellish and overlay with my imagination.  And a desire to live vicariously, ie make my characters do what I wouldn’t dare do myself. Perfect Sex was drawn from my own brief foray into internet dating and How Not To Commit Murder was drawn from my part-time job as a probation and parole officer – the perfect occupation for crime novel material!

Tell us about your writing process:

I’m a cross between a plotter and a ‘pantser.’ I like to have a basic outline of the plot and I need to know the ending, but then I’m happy to fill in the blanks along the way. I think no matter how detailed your plan is, it’s bound to change as you write. I also need to know my main characters pretty well before I start writing, otherwise the dialogue just doesn’t work. So that means making some notes about their main qualities and quirks and doing a basic character profile.

When I’ve finished my manuscript to the best of my ability (and I have a critique partner who is invaluable in providing feedback), I then send it to a professional manuscript appraiser. I do numerous edits, until I’m thoroughly sick of it,  and I also get my manuscript professionally copy-edited. Self-publishing has been a huge learning curve for me, but I’ve found it really worthwhile, especially when people tell me how much they’ve enjoyed my books.

What are your books about?

Perfect Sex is about a forty- something divorcee who joins an internet dating agency to date as many men as she possibly can and write a book about her experiences, but it doesn’t quite turn out as planned.

How Not To Commit Murder is about a convicted conman who’s trying to go straight, but finds himself blackmailed into being an accomplice in a plot to murder his parole officer. 

What are you reading?

I’m just about to start Ann Patchett’s This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays about her life. I’ve never read any of her novels, but this might inspire me to do so. I love reading and always have a book on the go.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

I love Nick Earls as he has such a great comedy style and does ‘male angst’ really well, Christopher Brookmyre and Colin Bateman write great comedy crime novels in which the plots are not sacrificed for the humour and characters who can be horrible and engaging at the same time. For serious crime I enjoy Garry Disher and Ian Rankin – they both have such an authentic sense of place in their novels that I’m right there.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

I do like other novels besides crime! I try to read a wide range of novels – to me, the perfect book is one into which I can totally escape, with an absorbing narrative and well-rounded characters – and after I finish it, it stays with me.  And it’s always a bonus if I learn new things by reading it- eg if it’s set in a different country or era.  The most recent book I read that fulfilled all those criteria was Anna Funder’s All That I Am.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Read, go to the gym, chill out at the beach, go bushwalking, cook. I’m also on the committee of the Sunshine Coast Literary Association.

 

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Patricia Ford

Patricia Ford, OAM, a former University of Queensland Chemistry lecturer and Miles High School Mathematics and Science teacher, originally compiled notes (which became Sketchy English Grammar) to set out the fundamentals of correct English usage in speech and writing.

‘Having been told politely but firmly by some of my children that I should stop teaching things to my grandchildren, and just enjoy playing with them, I decided a more subtle approach might be appropriate.  To impart some basic rules about pronouns, I wrote a poem, We Met a Hippopotamus.  It went down quite well and indeed, several friends (mostly grandparents) asked for copies.’

We Met a Hippopotamus.

We met a Hippopotamus, MY Sister Sue and I,                                                                              

HE gave some crunchy chocolate to Sister Sue and ME;                                                                

As SHE and I went strolling on an elephant came by                                                              

WHO said HE was having a party, and invited HER and ME. 

It seemed a proper and light-hearted overture to this book.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember, starting with letters to our children at boarding school, then Christmas newsletters and monthly newsletters to all the family.  I also wrote illustrated accounts of our journeys overseas for them as well.  Three years ago, I decided to compile all the stages of in the development of grammar and then drew the sketches for thisbook.

I was inspired to write this because of the necessity of creating a definitive grammar book for trainee teachers was the main motivation.

My writing process is very simple.  I write the text using the Word program, leaving spaces for the drawings.  Then I print the page, do the drawings in the spaces, and then copy it!

My book is about the fundamentals of Grammar.  The rules are more important than ever.  English has changed remarkably since the time of Shakespeare, because it is a living, evolving language.  But it is also the most expressive and precise language, and it retains rules to enable us to express ourselves clearly and to be understood accurately in business, law, diplomacy, and the simple sharing of thoughts, emotions and ideas.

At the moment, I am reading my favourite book, All Passions Spent by Vita Sackville-West and The History of Herodotus and Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn.

My favourite authors are Jane Austin, John Golesworthy and Denderfield – because I find their characters fascinating and can often identify with the situations.  Each book they produce is a great read.

An example of what I believe is a perfect book is All Passions Spent because its personifications are excellent and its composition balanced.  Its language is expressive but spare.

When I am not writing, I play the piano.  My favourite music is J S Bach’s Preludes and Feuds.

 

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Robert Boyle

I am a retired Australian Government public servant with a keen interest in history and military strategy. Over the years, I have lived in Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin and Paris, France (where I did a lot of European history research).

Urgus the Scribe is my first published novel, although I have a longish (75 minute) play and another Urgus story in my top drawer. I live in Salisbury, Brisbane, with my wife and daughter, who are also published authors. They write appalling horror and mystery stories which make people wonder about their home lives, while I stick to historical fantasy.

Aside from writing, my main interest is in music. I play trumpet in the Brisbane Concert Orchestra, the Indooroopilly Chamber Orchestra, the Kate Street Mob Jazz Band and various musical theatre productions.

How long have you been writing?

About thirty years, with big gaps.  

What has inspired your writing?

A need to do something else, aside from the day to day round.

Tell us about your writing process:

It’s a pretty well-structured affair, once I get going. I try to set aside the same time for writing each day and would rarely work for more than two hours at a stretch.

The bare bones of the story are sketched out in point form which are massaged into the main scenes and chapter headings. Then, in scene sequence, usually, or though sometimes I jump ahead, I handwrite the first draft. When ahead by two or three chapters the earlier ones are typed into MS Word, incorporating many changes as I go. This inevitably includes re-ordering the sequence of events as the thing unfolds and produces a second draft of the previous chapters.

The typed chapters are printed out and changes made by hand when in that sort of editing frame of mind. The changes are typed in and another written edition produced for another rereading. This process is repeated until the final draft. I enjoy this part of the job, seeing the thing slowly improve. It’s that first draft that strains the old brain.

What are your books about?

I’m a big reader of history. I got the idea for ‘Urgus the Scribe’ from the 1970s TV series and book ‘Civilisation’ by Kenneth Clarke. One of his main themes is the essential fragility of civilisation. He describes how western civilisation survived ‘by the skin of our teeth’ after the collapse of Rome, literally clinging on in such unlikely places as the islands off the Irish coast. This really appealed to me. Then I thought about the related idea of who recognises and decides what is worth saving. In my book, I have civilisation saved by such unlikely characters as the despised tax gatherers of ‘the City’.  

What are you reading?

“Count Belisarius” by Robert Graves; “The Great Ships” by Peter C. Smith; “The Old Devils” by Kingsley Amis.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

My favourite novelists include Leo Tolstoy, W. Somerset Maugham and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I also love the wonderfully imaginative world of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast Trilogy. For humour I’m a devotee of P.G. Wodehouse. I read a lot of history about Europe and the Middle East. I’m also big on biographies, mainly political and military figures, but the odd musician and actor sneak in.

 

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Fascinating characters in a taut, lyrically written story set in an era that became identified with the author.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m a trumpet player.  There’s lots of things I should be doing and I’m sure the neighbours would prefer I was doing, but…I’m a trumpet player.

 

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Graham Paterson

Tell us about you, the writer

I am a retired Mine Manager who has been involved in Constitutional issues when living in Indonesia from 1969 to 72. During my career I have worked in PNG, Malaya, Indonesia, Fiji and in every State of Australia. I took up teaching English as a foreign language after my retirement and have since completed assignments in China, Fiji, Indonesia and PNG. My biography is included in the 1980-81, 6th Edition of the International Register of Profiles and the 1982 edition of Who’s Who in the Commonwealth.

How long have you been writing? My first book was published in 2006 by Foreign Languages Press in Beijing, China. I have since had 4 other books published by them all related to English as a foreign language.

What has inspired your writing? From my introduction to the Indonesian Constitution, which was used in negotiations, taught in schools and sold as a booklet all over Indonesia, I became curious about our Australian Constitution. When I did obtain a copy in 1973, I was appalled at the document and clearly understood why our Constitution is never taught in Australian Schools. It doesn’t describe how we are governed and doesn’t even include a Prime Minister anywhere in the document.

Tell us about your writing process: As I started to research the history of the document I became more involved to the extent of giving speeches on the subject and writing various submissions to the point of being publically interviewed by the Queensland Constitutional Review Committee. As a result, I have been developing this book over the last 28 years until it has now coalesced into a printed version. Hopefully, it might generate a positive dialogue on the need to make Australia a sovereign and independent nation with their own truly Australian “people’s” Constitution.

What are your books about? The book deals with the Australian Constitution from a citizen’s point of view on the basis that the Constitution is the most important document in everyone’s life. It is the vehicle which allows the Government to make all the laws that control our society. As such, it needs to be understood by ordinary people. The Australian Constitution is still one part of a nine part Act of the British Parliament and that makes a mockery of anyone trying to claim that Australia is a sovereign independent nation.
My book looks at the history of the Constitution and the ongoing farcical legal and political attempts to make Australia look independent while still retaining this Act of the British Parliament as our Constitution.

What are you reading? Currently, I am re-reading the 5 volume autobiography and history of China by Han Suyin.

Who are your favourite authors and why? My favourite author is Alan Eckart who condensed thousands of pages of research by Hugh A. Brown into a magnificent novel entitled, “The HAB Theory”.  My other favourite author is Richard Bach for his books, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and “Illusions”.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why? I think Han Suyin’s first book of her autobiography, “The Crippled Tree” would rank as near perfect in my opinion. She uses some of the most exquisite English I have ever read and she has woven China’s history of the past 150 years around the story of her life and her immediate ancestors. Apart from that she was intimately involved with the Chinese revolution in a totally unique way, which no other writer would have ever experienced.

What do you do when you are not writing? Play golf and maintain ongoing communication with current and ex-students, plus teachers, in China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, NZ, Canada, the USA and Mongolia. I am also involved with groups in the UK, Australia and the USA dealing with banking reform and financial issues related to monetary sovereign nations, such as Australia.

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Terry Spring

Tell us about you, the writer

Started writing in music newspapers in London in the 60s, then migrated to Australia. Carried on writing as a Sydney corporate trainer – training scenes and films. Since retirement I have written three books and ghost-written three. My passion is history and I love the research needed to write about times past.

How long have you been writing? Too many years to tell. I attended a creative course at Oxford University in England but it was so long ago, I can’t remember the date!

What has inspired your writing?  Other people’s books where the reader is taken away to another plateau.

Tell us about your writing process: I come up with an idea, write characters around it and formulate a plot but if I’m writing about a real person I research the time in which they lived to find what they ate, they wore, their gossip, what was impacting on their times – like war or pandemics.

What are your books about? Mostly about people who have lived in the past…knowing what happened to them it’s not difficult to write how they would have felt.

What are you reading? Phillip Adams -Bedside Stories

Who are your favourite authors and why?Phillipa Gregory because she writes about my favourite, Tudor history, so well and Jeffrey Archer because he’s such a rogue and a good story-teller. I also like Biographies too – especially tell-alls so that I find the REAL story (oh yeah?) 

What is your idea of the perfect book and why? Any book that tells a good story and keeps me enthralled.

What do you do when you are not writing? Trying to avoid anything that causes me to have a Doctor’s appointment.

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Maureen Jefferies

I have been writing since a young schoolgirl and continued through creative writing; journalism – local paper; advertising screed and publicity.    When my family was grown I joined Creative Writing groups and other writing organisations and am a member of the QWC.

The need to write.  I love words and short stories were my forte but having finished two novels now, I find them more of a challenge.

Not very logical.   I have an idea, pursue it but in a bit of a higgledy-piggledy fashion until I bring it all together.    I find research takes a great deal of the time but it is one of the most enjoyable parts of writing.

They are fiction.   I try to write about people coping with the obstacles in their lives.   I suppose you could say they are sagas.   I do have a focus on females but this is because I need to get inside my characters and, well, not easy with males if you are a female!!

I am reading four books at the moment.   I belong to a Book Club and we have a new book every month.   I have quite catholic tastes and am often surprised at the books I really enjoy.   At this precise moment I am reading: Digging to America; The Kitchen House; Roddy Parr and Eugenia.

I don’t have a favourite author but I do enjoy: Alexander McCall Smith; Roddy Doyle; Alex Miller; Barbara Kingsolver come to mind.    They each have their own style; their themes are interesting and they write so well.

I don’t think I have an idea of the perfect book.   Good story; thought provoking or entertaining; well written and when finished you feel a sense of pleasure.   There are so many excellent authors whose writings are diverse it is hard to say what the ‘perfect book’ should be.   I think you should feel the book is written from the heart and not to order for a publisher.

I live on acreage which is mostly ‘Land for Wildlife’.  When I am not writing I tend to my over large garden; I make jewellery; paint; leadlight (but not so much now) – as you can see I’m a dabbler! Of course, I attend my Writing and Book Club classes.

I spend as little time on the internet as possible but I do have a Twitter and Facebook address (I think!)

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Gabrielle Monego

I am a (cattle) grazier, living in Outback Australia with my husband and children. Between teaching school, working on the land and taking care of my family I write fantasy fiction. I have published my first novel Australian Magic, with a sequel soon to be released and a third book already in the works.  Born in The Netherlands I’m widely travelled and I’ve enjoyed adventures in many countries as well as my journey through the beautiful and diverse Australia, which is now my home.

How long have you been writing? 

I’ve been writing and telling stories all my life but Australian Magic is my first book shared with the ‘general public’

What has inspired your writing? 

Everything and anything. My imagination is rather vivid

Tell us about your writing process:

I don’t really have a process, I sit down when I have a free moment and just let my writing happen.

What are your books about?

This series is about the Australian Mediator. It’s fantasy fiction

What are you reading?

The Perfect Catch

Who are your favourite authors and why?

Matthew Reilly, Kelly Armstrong, Douglas Adams and loads more

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

There are loads of reasons why a book is perfect. A book that you can’t put down even if your eyes hurt, it’s way past your bedtime and you know you should really sleep before another busy day starts. A book that you can’t stop thinking about even after you finish it. A book that makes you laugh, cry or entices any other strong emotions. A book that makes you think, ‘just one more page’. 

What do you do when you are not writing?

Play with my kids and things that need to be done.

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Dion Warren

How long have you been writing? I have been writing for 2 years.

What has inspired your writing? I loved being able to make characters and have fun by using my imagination to make readers happy, emotional and shocked.  

Tell us about your writing process: First I write the first page of a new book, which is the introductory/blurb,  I write down the main characters, characterise them, and then I start writing.

What are your books about? They vary about a lot of things, mainly fantasy, action and as well as short stories of games/fandoms.

What are you reading? I am currently reading walking dead graphic novels. I lately read Divergent and The Book Thief.

Who are your favourite authors and why? Derek Landy, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins and Pittacus Lore, author of ‘I am number four’ and more of the Lorien Legacies. They are the authors I love and read regularly. They inspired me to write my own stories, they are what I want to be when I am older. They use humour, action and twists to make the perfect novels for young adults.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why? My idea of a perfect book is a book with a twist, or something original. You don’t want readers reading your books and thinking this is similar to something they have read before, every book must have a good original story and a cliff hanging ending. Killing of characters creates a great effect. (Evil laugh)

What do you do when you are not writing? Game. I love gaming, whenever I am not gaming or writing I am either fangirling over other books and movies. I started gaming when I was 3. I love it.

My blog: shapeshiftingandmysticalmagic101.  My google + is Dion Warren it is connected to my blog.

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Jerry Richert

My first bleary-eyed glimpse of the world took place in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. It must have been a reasonably pleasant experience, for since then my view of the world has changed little. I still tend to see it as a place where reality and fantasy mingle and blur together in a rosy hue.
The family moved to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, when I was two. It was the best place on earth for a boy to grow up. Most of my early years were spent on a farm, and most every boy that grew up on a farm in Africa had as his first friends the sons of the farm labourers. I was no exception. Together we roamed free, hunting with catapults bows and arrows and terrorising everything that moved. We were seldom home before dark. I had a horse and shared my bed with my two large dogs. I was given my first .22 rifle on my tenth birthday. Then came the shock of boarding school in Bulawayo, a name that means place of slaughter.
The view I had of boarding school was anything but rose-coloured. My rifle was confiscated on the first day and I was caned on the second. Hunting was not on the curriculum. Prefects were allowed to cane, which they did with abandon, using lengths of bunsen-burner tubing. At school I was a dismal failure. My talents leaned more towards dreaming than academia, and the books I learned the most from were written by Zane Grey and Capt.W.E. Johns. These were usually read in one of the toilets by the light of a candle. Read more…
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EJ Gore

Tell us about you, the writer

I was born and raised in Brisbane where I still live with my husband and our two dogs. I grew up with a love of reading thanks to my mother who introduced me to that wonderful place – the library. That’s where my vivid imagination flourished and my delight in storytelling was born.

During my thirty years as a primary school teacher, I used storytelling and drama as the base for my classroom practice creating stories and plays through which my students were encouraged to develop deeper understanding and knowledge of curriculum concepts.

Now retired from fulltime teaching, I have the time for two of my greatest pleasures – writing and travelling.

How long have you been writing?

I have always written stories but, in terms of a serious focus on writing a complete novel – albeit a short one – I have been writing since 2012.

What has inspired your writing?

I wanted to write short novels for those young readers who are just getting into chapter books or those who are reluctant readers. I had become used to seeing children frustrated by the length of the non-picture books that they were expected to read when they reached the middle primary years. I wanted to write books that featured real kids dealing with situations that could actually happen, no fantastic super powers or magic, just quick wits and good problem solving skills. I wanted the young readers to be able to imagine themselves in the story. Children are wise little beings who delight in solving mysteries. Adults often underestimate their wisdom.

Tell us about your writing process:

I usually start with a scene or just the germ of an idea e.g. one of my friends sent me a picture the other day of a carpet snake that had slithered down out of the roof of her house. That was enough to set my thought processes racing. So the next Taya Bayliss story will feature a snake.

From the initial idea, I am a planner. I write a rough, and I do mean rough, outline. After that the story unfolds itself as I type it up.

What are your books about?

My books are about an ordinary little girl, Taya. She is an only child and her family travels around quite a bit because her father is a research scientist. Taya has sharp observation skills and a great eye for detail. She is inquisitive and she likes to sort out situations and things that she considers to be out of the ordinary. When her natural curiosity pushes her into adventures, she has only her own quick wits to help her solve the problems that crop up.

What are you reading?

I have just finished the latest Phryne Fisher book from Kerry Greenwood and have now pulled ‘The Mysterious Affair at Stiles’ by Agatha Christie from my bookshelf for another reading.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

I like a good murder from Agatha Christie, a thriller from Mary Higgins Clark, the tantalising heroines of Kerry Greenwood, and the historical romances of Victoria Holt.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

A perfect book is one that doesn’t let you put it down, no matter how late it is or how early you have to get up the next day. It is one in which you can easily see yourself as one of the characters and it is one that you want to read again – and again.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Does blogging count as writing? I spend quite a lot of time on the computer promoting my books. I tutor children. I walk with my dogs and I go on fabulous trips with my lovely husband.

 

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Ivy D’Souza

Ivy D’Souza is a member of the Clayton Clarinda Writers Circle as well as Caulfield Writers, and ‘The Expats’ is her first novel. Ivy has received a grant from City of Monash in 2012 to write and publish this book.

She has also written a number of short stories, some of which have been published in anthologies. Her interest in writing came about because of her love of reading from a very early age. She is passionate about the written word in all its forms, although she mainly writes fiction. She hopes to write many more novels in the future.

Tell us about you, the writer

I have been a voracious reader since the age of 5, and from this stemmed my desire to write a book. In school and college I wrote essays and short stories, and through the years sent letters to family and friends living overseas.

Because I had to work to earn a living, it was only in 2007 that I had a chance to seriously pursue writing as the main interest in my life.

How long have you been writing?

All my life since I could write, I suppose. Initially essays in school, but in 2007 I had the opportunity to attend writers’ workshops in a community centre and that gave me the platform from where I published some short stories. Then in 2009 I started writing my novel, which I published at the end of 2012 in between looking after my elderly parents; sadly my Dad passed away in 2013.

What has inspired your writing process:

When I started attending writing workshops at the Godfrey Street community house, our facilitator motivated and inspired us to write and not to be put off by rejection slips, which almost every writer has dealt with. That year the writers launched their book ‘Godfrey Street – Memories and Dreams’ and although I was too new to contribute, it was the first time I was involved with something like this. I attended the book launch and it created a great impression in my mind. I felt that I too could be part of the writing process like the others. Perhaps I too could launch my own book in time to come (and I did).

What is your book about:

I lived in Bahrain for more than a decade, and my book is about a young Indian woman who lives and works there, adapting to a different culture, an arranged marriage, and a job where the power of the employer is supreme and she can be dismissed on a whim. But she needs to work and earn money, so she can eventually settle in a western country and have a better future.

What are you reading?

At the moment I am reading ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck. I meant to read it a long long time ago, but I am doing so now.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Jane Austen are some of my favourite authors. Their novels inspire me and make me want to be a better writer all the time.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

I don’t think there is such a thing as the perfect book, we all strive for perfection, but that is an elusive thing. But we can always make our next book better than the one which went before, and learn from mistakes.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Socialise with family and friends, do painting, and make greeting cards.

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John Cosgrove

Tell us about you, the writer:

When young, I lived on a grain farm on Queensland’s Darling Downs. One hundred kilometres from my home was a district with dairy farms as its main industry. Many relations lived there.  That was where many of my stories were based.  Land was opened for grain farming on Queensland’s Central Highlands. My father drew a block of country.  The new settlers pioneered grain growing in that area.  Playing in an orchestra – more ideas came for stories.

Moving to Toowoomba I searched for land to develop meeting many characters who lived on the city’s outskirts.  More food for stories came.  I play saxophone and do vocals in Toowoomba.  My son is in Real Estate and I have a licence helping him on a casual basis.  I am developing a five acre block on the city’s outskirts.

Life goes on and I still like observing life and remembering back to happenings and ways of the old days.

How long have you been writing:      About 15 years

What has inspired your writing process:       My father wrote poetry and told stories.  When he died I started writing and I like to write of life the way I see it.

Tell us about your writing process:    I wrote poetry first then started on short stories later.  I hope my stories cover incidents in the reader’s lives.

What are your books about?   Everyday life – funny and sad events that have happened – some are fiction – some are very true.

What are you reading?    I have not done a great amount of reading in the last few years but enjoy many authors.

Who are your favourite authors and why?   John Steinbeck – for his descriptive writing and many others.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?  I like short stories and books that don not have endless detail.

What do you do when you are not writing?  I was a farmer and cattleman.  Developing a town block at the moment. I have a Real Estate Licence and help my son in Ray White.

 

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Pauline Saull

How long have you been writing? Six years

What has inspired your writing?  Put simply, a love of words.

Tell us about your writing process: I write every day for a few hours.

What are your books about? The short stories are varied, the novellas are light romance, the two U S A  e-books are Erotic Romance.

What are you reading? Joy Fielding, Phillip Roth.

Who are your favourite authors and why? Deborah Moggach, Marge Piercy, Anita Shreve. All different styles.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why? Good characters and dialogue are a must to keep me interested. Too much ‘filling in’ and I start flicking pages.

 What do you do when you are not writing? Walk, and read.

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Vince Morrison

Tell us about you, the writer I am Irish born but have lived in New South Wales since the nineteen sixties. I am now retired and living with my wife, Ivy, also Belfast born, in a small village in the Southern Highlands about 90km from Sydney.

My main hobbies and interests have been breeding Samoyeds dogs, training them for obedience trials and the show ring. Photography became a serious hobby then later collecting early film cameras.

Always an avid reader, on retirement I became a member of a local branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW). Writing short stories and memoirs became my passion. Twenty of my short stories and memoirs (mostly Irish memoirs) have been short listed in writing competitions within Australia. A number have been published in local newspapers and writing magazines.

‘The North Man’ is my first completed novel of 59,000 words. It is set in Ireland during the Second World War.

At present, I am working on an updated book of my short stories and memoirs and hope to place them on writer’s web.

How long have you been writing? 17/18 years

What has inspired your writing?  It began when I wrote a number of memoir stories, mainly for my family and friends to read.

Tell us about your writing process: I keep a notebook and pen in my bedroom and often wake up with an idea for a story. I also find inspiration when I go walking each day on our quiet country roads near my home.

What are your books about? My novel is set in Ireland during the Second World War.

The North Man is fiction, but based on a man I met when I was about seven years old. The book tells of Joe, a travelling salesman who sells his wares from door-to-door and at markets squares and fairgrounds throughout Ireland. He lives a nomadic, easy going life style, enjoying boisterous drinking and sharing the beds of his many lady friends.

The Second World War creates problems. Goods to sell are in short supply so he joins the risky, but money making business of smuggling over the border between Eire and Northern Ireland. He meets a landlady who takes his fancy but she shows an instant dislike for him.  His attempts to bed her, lead to humorous situations. Danger shows when gunrunners, police and the outlawed IRA enter the cross border smuggling. For Joe, his easygoing life is gone forever.

What are you reading? I am researching historical books in the local libraries for my next novel set in the 1840’s.

Who are your favourite authors and why? Jennifer Johnston. Her short novels are elegantly crafted and a joy to read. Edward Rutherfurd writes wonderful sweeping historical novels that educate and delight his readers.   Michael Connelly sets the bar high with his well written crime novels. Henning Mankill, the Swedish author, became a favorite with his Kurt Wallander series. The Wallander novels ended last year and I’m still looking for another series to take their place.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why? One which demands you drop everything you are doing to read into the wee small hours of the morning.

What do you do when you are not writing? I read two or three books per week. I enjoy converting my old pictures, negatives and slides to digital, then use a Photoshop program to enhance and repair when necessary. I listen to a variety of music, from classical to country.

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QRRRWN Celebrating 20 years…

The Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network Inc (QRRRWN) was formed in 1993 to meet the needs of women in rural communities throughout the state. It was originally known as the QRWN but we altered our name to QRRRWN in 2012.  Since then it’s grown to be a progressive organisation running a series of programs in regional centres as well as being involved at a national and international level.

The membership of QRRRWN includes women and men who are:

  • located in a rural or regional area
  • involved in a rural business (town based or primary production)
  • involved in a rural community
  • located in urban or coastal areas, and who have an interest in rural issues
  • interested in promoting strong links between the rural and urban sectors.

Our focus is on all rural women and their families, communities and enterprises.

To celebrate it’s 20th birthday, writers’ web co-ordinated a short story competition.  Those writers included in the collection are….

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Margaret Gregory

Margaret began writing at high school, and wrote on and off while working to attain a Master of Science degree. After working as an analytical chemist for ten years, participating in activities with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and raising a family, she moved on to study writing and editing, and achieve a Diploma in Library and Information services.

She entered her first novel “The Wild One” in the Fellowship of Australian Writer’s Jim Hamilton Award (2011) and received a highly commended. This award being for an unpublished novel of sustained quality.

Now with her boys grown up, she has begun to rewrite her early novels and is now also Science Editor for The Australia Times.

She lives with her three men in Melbourne, Australia, in a house with a metal roof that is used as a runway by possums

How long have you been writing?

Since I was in high school – off and on. Usually stealing time from study, housework and other activities when the ideas insist on being written down.

What has inspired your writing?  

Liking to look at things in different ways to normal and exploring the possibilities. Sometimes a new word sparks a story idea. The first long story was sparked by the concept of a “triumvirate”.

Tell us about your writing process:

Since this has covered several decades, this has changed with time. When I have a fascinating idea, I try to jot it down before distractions happen. Then, if I am working on a story, I try to work on the idea while doing household tasks until I am happy and then add it to the manuscript. For my first draft, I usually hand write it. I can keep up with the flow of ideas that way – typing takes more thought and distracts me. However, when I type up the manuscript – that is also my first revision, as I am reading through more slowly and can spot problems.

What are your books about?

I like writing fantasy, mostly my main character is female, but not exclusively. In several storylines, the character has a talent or skill that most people don’t have and therefore have a task to do.

What are you reading?

The Collegium Chronicles series by Mercedes Lackey.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, as well as Clive Cussler, John Creasey, Arthur Upfield, Raymond Feist.  I like these authors because in their different ways, they stimulate my mind and give me ideas.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

My idea of a perfect book is one that when I reach the end, I want to go back and read it again. That way, when I am looking at my book library – audio, ebook or print, I have a choice of friends to visit with.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Apart from the normal work of running a household, I write science articles for The Australia Times, help coordinate a writers group (Rowville Aspiring Writers), and help the local basketball club.

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Matthew Burgess

Tell us about you, the writer

In early 2006 I gave away the family television (effectively replicating for my children the TV free upbringing I had). In my newfound spare time, I started drafting a series of business books and a collection of illustrated children’s stories.  These books are in addition to my published books of  law related blog posts since 2010.

How long have you been writing? Since 2010

What has inspired your writing?  To share learning

What are your books about?

Law  – As a sought after presenter for many leading tax, accounting and legal associations, I also regularly present for financial institutions, investment houses and insurance companies both in purely technical areas for advisers as well as more practically focused sessions for clients directly.

Children’s – Psydenom Lily Burgess

Under my pseudonym of Lily Burgess, I have commenced a series of children’s books.  These books evolved from a conversation I had with my daughter Lily one evening, when she was about four years old, she said to me, “Daddy, please tell me another story from your mouth”.

There was always a strong undertone in my stories to deliver life lessons, while keeping the children engaged with humour and expression.  From that day on, my stories became known as “Words from Daddy’s mouth”.

I had so many stories that I had to create a list to remember them all (at last count the list was over 400). So over time a game developed where the children would choose a number from this list. Whatever story related to the number chosen would be the story I would tell.  Stories were usually told as the last part of the wind down of an evening, sitting together in a bedroom or on a lounge chair.

What are you reading? Personally, Malcolm Gladwell.  To the kids, Pamela Allen, Dr Suess, AA Milne, CS Lewis, JK Rowling

 Who are your favourite authors and why? Gladwell, Pink, Christensen and Heller – they inspire thinking

What do you do when you are not writing? Read

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James Holden

Tell us about you, the writer

Originally from the UK, I moved to Australia in 1990 and now live in Toowoomba, Queensland. My children are from Ethiopia and this stunning country and its beautiful people hold a special place in my heart. In 1996 I started an adventure travel company with a friend and for six years we took groups of Australians along the arduous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, to the breathless top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and up onto the roof of Africa, the spectacular Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. I love to create, whether it’s writing, cooking for friends and family, or home renovations. And one day I want to live in France because that country brings together many of the things that are important to me.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing non-fiction articles since 1999 and fictional short stories since 2003.

What has inspired your writing?  

My love of writing has developed over many years, starting with a love of reading, largely thanks to my mother who reads widely (and very quickly!) I started writing fiction as part of a Masters degree in professional communications, which I completed in 2006. People seemed to enjoy my work and I loved the process of starting with an idea and finishing with a complete story, so I continued until I had a collection, which is my first book, Questions and Answers.

Tell us about your writing process:

My stories generally come from a conversation or something I have read or seen that sparks my interest. Sometimes I just make a few notes and sometimes I write the first couple of paragraphs of a story that may or may not be continued!

What are your books about?

Questions and Answers is about relationships, love stories in fact, but written in the main from the male perspective.

What are you reading?

I’m reading Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

Helen Garner because she makes words come to life.  Paulo Coelho because he writes to inspire.  Alex Miller because he shows what it’s like to be in love.  Nick Hornby because he makes the commonplace a place I want to be.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

My perfect book is one that I can immerse myself in, that won’t let me go until I’ve read the last page.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m the Australian marketing manager for a global seed company. I also work with an adventure trekking company called Adventure Professionals on marketing and leading trips.

 

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Victoria Wharfe McIntyre

Victoria has a Bachelor of Professional Writing with a double major in Drama and Cinema Studies. She attended London’s Blake College studying film and video production and trained at the Guildhall in voice and performance. She has a Bachelor of Social Science Award in Psychophonetics and an AdDip in Psychotherapy. She has written several short films including The Telegram Man staring Jack Thompson Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton which was awarded the BAFTA LA for best foreign short, nominated for Best Short in the 2012 AACTAs and has won numerous international and Australian awards. Her feature film script Clara on the life of pianist Clara Schumann reached Top Semi-Finalist in the American Producers Association 2012 competition, and she has just written / directed / produced a television pilot Eldest Of None. She has written for Four Stars International LA and is a development executive with OSSCCA screen services. Follow Your Nose is her first novel. 

How long have you been writing? 

Been writing all my life, but have focused in a professional sense over the last 5 or 6 years.

What has inspired your writing?

Nature is my greatest inspiration and if I can help reconnect people with the precious, beautiful, healing, wild natural world that surrounds us then I’d be very happy. Follow Your Nose is all about inspiring kids to get out and communicate with a world beyond humanity.

Tell us about your writing process:

I’m not into control – I like to sit down and see what comes out – if I’m surprised and interested in developments hopefully the reader will be too.

What are your books about?

Acceptance and love of others and self, finding ways to communicate effectively and heal the individual and in so doing the world.

What are you reading?

Researching for a couple of film projects. Reading about Vietnam war and factory farming of animals…..quite depressing actually….so to compensate I just read Dean Koontz Little Big Life, which left me a blubbering mess of joy.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

Can’t go past Jane Austen, still the most clever books I read.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

The perfect book has me reading at 1 am promising myself I’ll turn off the light at the end of the chapter and knowing I’ll just start reading the next one. 

What do you do when you are not writing?

Play with my schnoodle puppies who provide no end of delight and spend time in my rain forest watching the creatures go about their business.

 

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Jack Davis

How long have I been writing?

I’ve been writing for about 30 years.

What inspired your writing?

My interest in people and how they react to other people, time and place.

Your writing process…

I first create my characters and then drop them into a particular time and place (eg, the northern suburbs of Melbourne in the mid 1950s) I then juggle these 3 elements into a workable plot.

What are your books about?

 The people of their time. 

What am you reading?

Alistair Maclean, Goodbye California.  A bit disappointing actually – not his best.

Who are your favourite authors?

Dick Francis, Tim Winton, Thomas Keneally.  Jeffrey Archer. No particular reason for this choice.  I read fiction for pleasure and relaxation, non-fiction for information. I don’t like deep and meaningful stuff; I leave that for the academic elite.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

Mine, because I wrote it!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I do all the things husbands, fathers and grandfathers are expected to do. When I’m not writing I like to do something with my hands – make models of buildings and cars etc. 

   paint a bit.

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Terrie Anderson

Terrie Anderson has worked as a business leader both locally and internationally for many years, meeting new challenges with success, and new people with delight. Embracing the human spirit as the flame that ignites great organizations she now writes on the productivity of charismatic communication.

She is very committed to the belief that The Human Connection could change human destiny and help bring peace to our world. Terrie approaches the world with warmth, happiness and an open honesty which is reflected in her books.  She lives in Australia with her heart, her partner and Easydog their treasured best friend, but says her soul lives in Limpopo South Africa, a land she feels connected to spiritually. Terrie is a founding member of the Fellowship of Southern Lights.

How long have you been writing?

Terrie first wrote The Little Red Success Book in 1992 and sold over 3000 copies, but did not write anything more until 2009. Since then she has written and published 3 more books including One Minute More which has become her passion.

Tell us about your writing process…

Terrie gets the concept, forms a draft on paper and then writes the entire book conceptually in her head before starting on the script. Once started, the writing flows easily followed by the editing process which she describes as painful.

What are your books about?

The books are written to encourage people to embrace their potential for a full and happy life in simple and easy ways. The latest book explores the significant personal benefits of being able to connect with others in a memorable and positive way.

What are you reading?

The Perfect Present by Karen Swan and rereading Message of a Master by John McDonald,

Who are your favourite authors and why?

I no longer have favourite authors, I love exploring new authors and new concepts and genres now.

What is your idea of a perfect book?

If its fiction then it must allow me to lose myself within the pages, enter another world and create wonderful visual images as I read.  If its non fiction then the perfect book is one where I can learn something without feeling strain of concentration.  A perfect book is one I cannot put down, and find myself stirring Easydogs dinner with the book still in my hand. One that I miss at the end, and think of often.

What do you do when not writing?

Enjoying conversation and company of friends, music, travel to remote places, riding big, bad motorbikes, following a piece of history, sailing, animals and nature, and watching sunsets.

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Angeline Beikoff

Angeline Beikoff lives in Mackay, Queensland with her husband. She has two children. Where her earlier profession as a draftsperson involved her in the local Sugar Milling and Coal Mining Industries she now devotes her time to writing novels that inspire a reader’s imagination.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for two years.

What has inspired your writing?

I love reading, I love losing myself in the well told story. I love living the imaginary tale that the written word invokes, and if a piece is written so well that I can see the colour, hear the voices, and breathe the same air as the characters, I read with a smile on my face. This is where I hope to take my readers.

Tell us about your writing process:

When I wrote ‘The Perfect Catch’ my idea for the story was born during a fishing trip in a quiet little creek. Out of nowhere my husband said ‘this would be the perfect place to hide a body’. With this strange comment, my imagination took over. Once I seriously set myself this task, I allowed the story to lead the way.

What are your books about?

My books touch on crime. My crime has a certain justice that will leave some readers comfortable and others offended.

What are you reading?

Jessica by Bryce Courtney

Who are your favourite authors and why?

Stephen King – his story telling is detailed and alive.  John Grisham – his plots are unique and bear heavily on the law.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

It is the book that allows reality to rule no matter what the subject, and leaves no questionable detail in the telling. The perfect book is the one that at the smallest hint of spare time, I rush to read. It is the book that no matter what time has passed since I put it down, I don’t have to re-read yesterday’s page, today’s page is a continuation of a familiar journey.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I read as much as I can. Books of all genre except for sci-fi. I do road trips down the Australian East Coast.

 

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Luciana Cavallaro

Luciana Cavallaro grew up in a small country town in Western Australia. She moved to Perth to study teaching at university. Luciana is the first in her family to attain a university degree. She began writing as a cathartic exercise after a traumatic car accident. Since then she has attended writers’ workshops and is a member of various writer’s associations.

Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, her inspiration to write Historical Fantasy was borne.

She has written 2 novels with a third in progress and is writing a short story series Accursed Women.

How long have you been writing?

I dabbled for a few years before becoming serious about writing about 13 years ago. Working full-time makes it difficult and more so when you’re teacher. A lot of energy goes into creating exciting lessons and pretty much drained by the end of the day. I’d write during the school holidays and on weekends. Not always ideal but you take what you can.

What has inspired your writing? 

Travelling through Italy and Greece; seeing the ancient sites has always been a dream of mine. It was magical and the ole creative juices started bubbling. Plus I read Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey which sparked a thirst to learn and read more about ancient civilisations.

Tell us about your writing process:

An idea sometimes comes out of something I’ve read or seen and I run to write it down in my ‘ideas notepad’ before I forget.

Once the concept is written, I then brainstorm. Try to put down as much information about it as I can and once that’s done, I develop it into scenes. I try not to be too prescriptive. Then the research begins.

I try to follow the schema I have created but as the story progresses it doesn’t always happen. The characters tend to take over and control the process!

What are your books about?

My books are Historical Fiction/Fantasy based on Greek Mythology, although I do have ideas for stories not premised on Ancient Greece.

What are you reading?

At present I’m reading Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth and a fellow indie writer Rosary McQuestion’s book Once Upon Another Time.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

I have too many favourite authors but there are a few who stand out: David Gemmell, Sarah Douglass, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Robert Harris, Michael Connelly… I’ll stop now.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?

A story that teleports me from reality and into the narrative. Books I can’t put down. I do read a lot of non-fiction books, they help with making my stories more authentic and I like to learn new things. Plus finding gems of information I hadn’t known before like Pandora who didn’t open a ‘box’, it was an urn. Great, isn’t it?

What do you do when you are not writing?

I read books from other authors, like to potter around in the garden, exercise, go out to dinner and the movies.

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Dianne Ellis

Tell us about you, the writer

I truly appreciate the written word, both when reading and writing stories.  Poetry has played a large part in my life, composing many verses over the years which I’ve enjoyed sharing with family and friends on special occasions.

In the past 10 years, my love of writing has steered me towards children’s stories and I have completed three children’s novels and six picture books and have many lovable characters popping into my head for when I write future books.

More recently, I have written my first adult novel and once again treasured this writing experience.

How long have you been writing? 

I’ve been writing poetry all my life and drafted my first children’s novel around 2001.

What has inspired your writing?  

My experiences in life, living where I live, the fact that I have more time to write.  I’ve always had funny characters and stories pop into my head – it’s great now to have the motivation and confidence to turn them into written stories.  Also, the fact that I have joined two writing groups, one for fiction writers and the other group based on children’s stories.

Tell us about your writing process: 

It actually started quite unusually ie I was working full-time in a corporate office and as part of my duties, I attended a writing course for my speech writing.  A component of that course was based on creative writing, in which I scored a very high mark for a children’s book chapter and advised by my mentor that I should complete this book because children need to read it.  So, I started writing picture books, children’s novels, continued with poetry and have now completed my first adult fiction novel.   In other words, I haven’t stopped.

When submitting one of my first picture books to a publisher, I was advised to re-write it without rhyme.  I tried and tried but it didn’t work.  So, I decided to self-publish.

4.     What are your books about?

Rusty Rumble and his Smelly Socks tells the story of the Rumble family giving Rusty a home.  They find him in the pound and take him home and look after him.  Rusty loves his new family so much that when he’s left at home and feeling very alone, he devises a plan to sneak a smelly sock from each member of his family and tuck them in his bed.  This way, he can smell them (his loved ones) all through the day.  This story also shows children what is involved with giving a dog a good home.

Rusty Rumble’s Day at the Beach was written because the first book was so popular.  Rusty shares a day at the beach with his family and experiences many funny things, along with mini disasters.  The highlight is when Rusty, who hates to get wet, gallantly protects his family by biting a shark on its fin and sending it on its way out to sea.  He is the hero of the day – in Rusty’s mind, he just wants to keep his loved ones safe.

What are you reading?  

‘Jack of Diamonds’ by Bryce Courtenay – his last book.

Who are your favourite authors and why?   

I have to say Bryce Courtenay because of his great diversity in writing.  Mitch Albom , Cathy Kelly (for characterisation), Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, Jodi Piccoult.

What is your idea of the perfect book and why?   

For me, a good book must grab me from the first chapter.  I don’t like too many characters introduced too fast as I like to visualise each character and let their personalities develop through the author’s words.  I like detail throughout a book, but not diversion as it’s too hard to get back to the original thread of the story.  I like to experience new/different authors.

What do you do when you are not writing? 

Work part-time (2 days/week) in a corporate office, pilates, gym classes, walking, gardening. 

 

 

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Anne Rouen

Anne Rouen is the alter ego of Lynn Newberry: a country woman from the New South Wales New England region, who breeds Brangus cattle by day and is a dedicated, passionate horsewoman.

The lady behind Anne Rouen has completed a specialist teaching degree in the Rural Sciences department of the University of New England, and has spent most of her life involved in the agricultural industry—twenty of them as an educator.

Throughout her career, Lynn has escaped the everyday demands of work through the hand of Anne Rouen. Although Master of Illusion is her first published novel, she has seen success with her short story writing and recently achieved a Highly Commended in the Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards (2011) for ‘The Scent of a Criminal’.

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