Back in the early 2000’s, I made a New Year’s resolution to write a book. Like many people, I woke up on January 1 with a headache.
However, determined not to lose face and be laughed at mercilessly by family and friends, who’d intelligently NOT publicly blurted their resolutions, I took two Nurofen and started writing.
The result was Lucy Springer Gets Even (A & U, 2009), followed by What Kate did Next
(A & U, 2010), Claudia’s Big Break (A & U, 2011), and Stella Makes Good (A & U, 2012). My fifth novel, It Started with a Kiss was released in 2015.
In addition to writing fiction, I also teach Creative Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre.
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After growing up in Brisbane, I ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the inner west, I was surprised one morning to wake up and find myself with three primary aged children and living on the North Shore.
Nowadays, my children are grown-up (I use the term grown-up loosely) and I’m back living in the inner west and loving the diversity and vibrancy of city life. However, when that gets a bit overwhelming, I escape the coast a couple hours south of Sydney.
I’m not one of those people who’ve always wanted to write a novel…okay, I am one of those people. But it wasn’t until I seriously challenged myself to do something about it that I started taking writing seriously. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel.
‘I could write that,’ I blurted to anyone who’d listen. I’ve long forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing my own novel, quickly became my New Year’s resolution. The next morning after taking two Nurofen, I stared at the computer and then sat down to write.
I thought it would be easy. Why not? I had some ideas, so set myself up with several ‘how to’ books, a corner of an overcrowded spare room I could call my own – and was filled with great enthusiasm—confident that at the following New Year’s Eve do, I’d be one of the very few who’d managed to keep their resolution. I’d have written my first novel and would be well on my way to publication.
In my dreams! That was too many years ago to count. Okay, it was eighteen.Along the way, This Wife’s Life was short listed for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Awards in 2005, and then in 2006, Lucy Springer’s Story was short listed.
With a hell of a lot more writing, rewriting, editing, and several buckets of tears, Lucy Springer’s Story morphed into what is now Lucy Springer Gets Even, which was published in 2009.
In 2009, I continued re-writing This Wife’s Life which was re-named What Kate did Next. What Kate did Next hit the bookshops in January 2010.
In 2011, my third novel, Claudia’s Big Break was released throughout Australia and New Zealand in – and online at several sites including www.booktopia.com.au.
In January 2012 Stella Makes Good was released. You can view the book trailer on my website or click here.
It Started With A Kiss was released in 2015.
Contributing author: ‘What is Mother Love?’ Penguin, 2008
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