How to make the most of the Top End

Why has it taken me so long to get to the Top End? I’d imagined beer-drinking blokes and barra fishing. Well, OK, there’s a lot of that going on. But there’s so much more to the top of the Northern Territory. The scenery, the bird life, the stories – are out of this world. AfterContinue reading “How to make the most of the Top End”

How to drive from Townsville to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track

Who needs the Amalfi Coast when you’ve got North Queensland? The turquoise Coral Sea,  the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest,  waterfalls, pristine beaches, islands, historic towns as well as the occasional crocodile make exploring this part of the state an unforgettable experience. We spent two weeks driving from Townsville to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track, returning along theContinue reading “How to drive from Townsville to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track”

‘As the Crow Flies’ takes off

UPDATE: As the Crow Flies is now available from Australian Plays. I am excited to reveal that my first play – As the Crow Flies, is soon to be published by Australian Plays. The play for secondary school students is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and explores the themes of ambition, consequences and identity. ItContinue reading “‘As the Crow Flies’ takes off”

Into the wild – rediscovering Borneo

Twenty five years ago I made my first trip to Borneo – a rugged island in South East Asia, famous for its rainforests and wildlife. My last visit started my fascination with orangutans and inspired The Call of the Wild (Choose Your Own Ever After) about a school girl who has to make a choiceContinue reading “Into the wild – rediscovering Borneo”

10 ways to improve your writing when you’re not actually writing

There are lots of things you can do to improve your writing when you’re not sitting at your desk.

Books, mountains and Archie

We don’t bother too much with winter in Queensland, but this year it feels like we’ve overlooked it entirely. A couple of chilly mornings and that was it, which might explain why my photo gallery is looking so much more impressive than my word count. It’s been too glorious to be indoors at my desk.Continue reading “Books, mountains and Archie”

What’s your story?

I hope you’ve had a great Easter break. I’ve been in Noosa – paddling, swimming, catching up with friends and doing some writing (I promise). I’ve had some questions about my books over the holidays, so I thought it was a good chance to wrap up the story so far … A QUICK SUMMARY I have written eleven books forContinue reading “What’s your story?”

WA visit: May 15-19

Hello WA! I will be winging my way to your side of the country soon – visiting schools in the Perth area from May 15-19, 2017. If you would like me to spend the day at your school – talking about story ideas, characters, the Choose Your Own Ever After series, Hazard River, orang-utans andContinue reading “WA visit: May 15-19”

How are your New Year resolutions going?

At the beginning of the year I made a commitment to take a break from the routine as much as possible, and do more. I know it’s only February, and it may be too early to be crowing about my success on the resolutions front, but so far, so good.