writing

Monday, 2nd February, 2015
I had the very great privilege to attend the closing Chiron Centre Conference a couple of weekends ago. Chiron Centre? What the? Trust me. It’s special. This is why.
Wednesday, 24th December, 2014
If you're stressed and tired and too wound to sleep, count your blessings. You have many of them.
Wednesday, 11th June, 2014
Part 5 of my Journey to Jade series is all about light bulb moments - the 'Eureka' of solving a gnarly problem in the plot and the 'You want me to do WHAT?' of the editing process.
Wednesday, 4th June, 2014
In the fourth of my Journey to Jade series I talk about courage, the power of writers groups and the power of story. Last week I explained how I jumped a big mental hurdle thanks to a bit of art therapy. While this got me writing again, I was still up against a complex plot with some gnarly character problems that needed sorting out. And I was still being dogged by those nasty spooks, Doubt and Fear.
Wednesday, 28th May, 2014
With 'Saint' contracted and a deadline looming, I now had no choice but to keep writing. But... Banjo was dead. Jade was comatose. And I had no idea who Lissy was. Or why I’d chosen to write this particular story. The bar I'd set for myself seemed insurmountable. I felt like I was on a one way path to literary oblivion. Then art therapy arrived...
Wednesday, 21st May, 2014
To celebrate the upcoming release of Being Jade, I'm talking each week about how the novel came together and the challenges I faced in writing it. This week, my first of many crises: character names and the original title of the novel, Saint.
Wednesday, 7th May, 2014
It’s come to my attention there is a myth floating around about writers. Actually, it’s not so much floating as super-glued or nail gunned into people’s minds. But with a little honesty and algebra, I think we might have sorted. So you think I'm rich and famous? Here's the truth...
Monday, 17th February, 2014
Like a stage show, much goes on behind the scenes when writing a book. (Panic. Then there's doubt, fear and more panic.) Jennifer Scoullar, my good friend and fellow Little Lonsdale Writers Group member, has tagged me in this fascinating blog chain where writers reveal their behind the scenes processes. Is it all smoke and mirrors?
Wednesday, 3rd July, 2013
Unless you've been hiding under a rock you probably heard the story about the US couple who saved their home by self publishing erotic stories on internet? Or about how Natasha Walker, author of The Secret Lives of Emma, is a guy not a gal?
Thursday, 27th June, 2013
I was recently very fortunate to be invited by Simon & Schuster to travel to Sydney for a couple of awesome reasons. The first was to meet with a group of readers and do a live book club discussion of The Yearning, which was just wonderful.
Wednesday, 19th June, 2013
A lot of people poo-poo erotic romance, and romance in general, as fluffy rubbish, and in some cases they’d be right. However, as a generalisation it’s deeply wrong to make the assumption that all romance and erotic fiction is just about sexy titillation that involves little intelligence to read and less talent to write.
Wednesday, 12th June, 2013
About a month ago I ‘came out’ as a debut author at my very first spoken word event. The Wheeler Centre (God bless their enthusiasm for the written word) invited me to be part of their monthly ‘Debut Monday’ for May.
Wednesday, 10th April, 2013
Please allow me to step aside from the sexy stuff for a moment . . . I'm lucky. For a lot of reasons. Today I'm lucky because I'm holding a real, 3 dimensional copy of my soon-to-be-released book, The Yearning, in my hand. (Ebooks are all very well, but there is nothing to compare with the physical artifact). A book I was able to write because I'm literate, compliments of the Australian government school system.
Monday, 1st April, 2013
What's a girl's blog without a little blatant self promotion? And what better reason to shout to the rooftops than the release of my first novel in ebook form. The Yearning hit iPad's, Kindles, and Kobos in odd little spots here and there around the country today and I'm DAMNED EXCITED, I can tell you. For those who prefer the physical artefact (I'm with you there, I still like my print books more), the print version will be released around Aust/NZ on 1 May - and I can't wait!!!
Thursday, 21st March, 2013
I recently raised a question to erotic fiction authors on a panel at the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Brisbane. Do you choose to be ‘out’ as an erotic fiction writer and if not, why? The responses were varied and fascinating.
Thursday, 14th March, 2013
Whenever someone asks my beloved 'So, what does she write?', he invariably responds, 'Smut. Filth.' Then giggles like a stoopid school boy. Sigh. One of the things an out erotic fiction writer (and there are plenty of them still in the closet, believe me) must face are the inevitable 'Wink, wink, nudge, nudge's' ...
Friday, 8th February, 2013
Sorry, I'm not being literal. I have a reason for being so salacious. My very sexy (verging on pornographic) story titled 'Banquet' will be published alongside four other sexy, savvy authors in Secret Cravings 'Edible Delights Anthology Vol 2'.
Thursday, 15th November, 2012
I have a secret addiction. I love reading sex. I love it graphic and juicy and I want it to take a long time. None of this closed bedroom door, wind blowing through the curtains, mild suggestion of carnal knowledge off screen for me. Bodice ripping, hot breathing, dirty talk, salacious, lascivious, no-holds-barred sex – that’s how I write it, that’s how I want to read it. And I’m not alone. (Thank goodness – I’d be worried there might be something wrong otherwise!)
Thursday, 1st November, 2012
If 50 Shades of Grey did nothing else (other than make a handful of people a LOT of money) it introduced stacks of women who, a) didn’t read much if at all; b) read only blockbusters, books recommended by friends or straight romance or c) both, to the pleasures of erotic fiction.