July 2, 2017 in Events, Storytelling, Workshops

Heroic Storytelling

When I was ten, my class spent a year learning about the Vikings. I nominated myself to be the village Bard and wrote my first novel, ‘The Greatest Honour of All’, about a young Viking girl who is killed in heroic battle and given a chieftain’s burial in a ship set on fire and pushed out to sea. It started strongly, but became stuck in the middle– now I realise I was having the usual problems with the notoriously difficult second act – and then jumped abruptly to my big ending where the burning ship holding the corpse of my heroine was…

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May 14, 2017 in Life

Thumbs up to Mary – and Lilith

Mothers Day is complicated for me, because my son is non verbal, and has severe autism, and so a special occasion without presents for him, or cake, or a party, would have no meaning in his world. I’m very happy to make these things happen on days like Christmas, or his birthday, but not for myself. That would heighten the sense of the absurd that already hangs about ‘mothers day’ for me like the faint whiff of a chemical air freshener that I can’t quite separate from the perfume of fresh flowers. It’s manufactured to a certain extent, and then, on the other…

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May 10, 2017 in Life

This is my Reward

I think about The Hero’s Journey and Structure a lot. Like, a lot a lot. I love working with and thinking about rhythm, patterns and structure in all aspects of life, especially music, daily and yearly rituals and routines (a glass of wine, and planned holidays are essential) – and most of all, storytelling, which is where theory becomes practise for me, as I work to become the best novelist I can be. At present, I’m particularly thinking about The Hero’s Journey in relation to my writing career and the publishing industry, because on June 3rd at Vivid Festival in Sydney I’m going to be presenting…

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My Books

In The Mood

It’s February 1946, and Robert Booker is just home from the war. Home is a pretty weatherboard house in Sydney, where his wife, Catherine, is waiting. They haven’t seen each for three years, yet they are separated by so much more than time.
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Shipping to over 40 countries in early September.

The Cleanskin

An intelligent thriller filled with human drama, reminiscent of William Boyd’s Restless. From the dark heart of The Troubles, The Cleanskin is a story of intense human relationships with a cast of flawed and entirely believable characters.
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Shipping to over 40 countries in early September.