Deadline looms for my next book

If you see me on social media after today, tell me to get back to work. I have a deadline looming! The manuscript for my second book with Affirm Press is due in six weeks, and I still have a few chapters to sort out before then! I’m working on another gripping family drama. This time the protagonist is a mother of three young children, so I’ve had to dig into the dusty recesses of my brain for memories of parenting little kids. Some experiences are still vivid, but much of it feels like a separate life entirely. To help with the process, I’ve been trawling through old photos and done a deep dive into the world of mummy bloggers. I’m taking more notice of young kids around me, and eavesdropping on parents at the supermarket with demanding little ones in tow. So glad I’m past that stage!

That’s me in the bonnet, with my father – David Mapleston. Magnetic Island. 1966

Writing a second book has been very different from working on One Punch. I know what’s ahead, so that’s good, and I have a contract – that’s really good, but I don’t have the luxury of time. No chance to mull over the story for a few years. I can’t give myself a few weeks off when I hit a snag in the storyline. I’ve had to get better at compartmentalising tasks. I’m still marketing One Punch, and it’s easy to dither about on social media all morning, instead of getting on with my new story.

My little cherubs – Max and Oliver. England 2004

I did manage to escape to Fiji with the family between drafts. It was an incredible break, and really boosted my creative energy – leaving me ready to tackle the final section.

Fison family enjoying the sunset

Meanwhile, I’m loving seeing your pics of One Punch and reading your feedback on social media. I’ve also enjoyed visiting book clubs – sharing my writing journey and finding out what clubbers think of the moral dilemma faced by Yasmin and Evie – the two mothers at the centre of the tragedy. It’s so interesting to get everyone’s take on how far parents would go to protect their children!

Since launching One Punch, I’ve also done several podcasts and interviews about my writing process. As an aspiring author I always looked for nuggets in writer’s interviews – so here’s a few tips if you’re working on your manuscript.

Interview with Curtis Brown Creative

Read the full interview here

If you enjoyed One Punch, please share a picture and a few words on your socials, or post a review – it really helps!

I look forward to sharing more news about my next book, plus some tales from the Top End in my next newsletter. Sign up so you don’t miss a thing!

Happy reading!



Published by Julie Fison

Julie Fison is a Brisbane writer and travel lover. Her debut novel for adults ONE PUNCH is a compelling and thought-provoking family drama that follows two mothers forced to make impossible decisions after one life-changing night. Inspired by real events, the story is a sharp study of the complexities of family life and the consequences of being blind to the faults of our loved ones. Julie’s other work includes books for children and young adults – the Hazard River adventure series for young adventure lovers, stories in the Choose Your Own Ever After series that let the reader decide how the story goes, and a play for secondary school students As the Crow Flies. Julie is also a committed traveller and loves sharing tips for midlife adventurers.

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