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Finding My Voice: The Art of Losing Lewis

Voice. It’s a term I didn’t hear bandied around a lot when I first sat down and started writing, trying to to pull together the strands of story I had into some form of narrative. A unique voice is something that authors strive for, publishers long to discover, and readers cling to. This is a brief story of my search to find my literary voice. […]

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The Beast of Balkham: Updates & a Cover Sneak Peek!

The Beast of Balkham: Updates & a Cover Sneak Peek!

The Beast of Balkham is rolling along – a story that’s gripped me for the past months is finally coming home to roost. And it’s freaky – like, ‘why am I writing at midnight with most of the lights off’ freaky. Despite freaking myself out a bit, I’ve been hard at work getting my draft finished up, which has been more challenging than I first […]

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The Beast of Balkham: a new Inspector Ambrose Story.

The Beast of Balkham: a new Inspector Ambrose Story.

Some exciting news for you: I’m working on a new Inspector Ambrose story! The Beast of Balkham is the working title, and the story will see Inspector Ambrose returning to his old university town to investigate the deaths of three former classmates. This story is dear to my heart, because I’ve been planning to send Ambrose to Balkham for some time, but have never succeeded […]

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Melbourne Writers Festival 2017: The Review

Melbourne Writers Festival 2017: The Review

It feels like the Melbourne Writers Festival rolls around quicker each year. As has become tradition, this is my review of yet another year swanning around at #MWF17. (For reference, here are my 2015 & 2016 reviews. Each year, a strong group of authors come to Melbourne for the Melbourne Writers Festival, and 2017 was no exception. Highlights of course included Angie Thomas (of The Hate U Give fame) […]

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My Experience Working with an Editor as an Emerging Author

My Experience Working with an Editor as an Emerging Author

If you’re an emerging author who’s thinking of working with an editor on your manuscript, this post is for you. This is my experience working with a professional editor on my first full-length manuscript. A year ago I set myself the goal of getting my manuscript traditionally published, despite my background in self-publishing. After a series of submissions to Australian publishers that received positive feedback but […]

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