Rich and Rare launch night

How many writers and illustrators can you pack into the offices of an independent Melbourne Publishing house? Ford Street was going for the record on Friday night with the launch of Rich & Rare – the latest anthology for teens, edited by Paul Collins. Ford Street was packed with hugely talented and wonderfully witty AustralianContinue reading “Rich and Rare launch night”

Straddie’s whale highway

They call the waters off North Stradbroke Island the ‘Humpback Highway’, which sounds a lot like a marketing gimmick until you go there. I’m spending a week at Point Lookout over the September school holidays, keeping an eye on teens (it’s also pre-schoolies’ season) as well as doing a bit of writing, and I quicklyContinue reading “Straddie’s whale highway”

Sugar is sweet

There’s nothing like a break from the daily grind to get the creative juices flowing (or dripping at the very least), and a holiday never lets me down. A week in the Whitsundays was going to be my chance to do lots of reading – always useful before the start of a new project. Unfortunately sailing,Continue reading “Sugar is sweet”

Without words

It’s not often the internet can be accused of underselling anything, but no amount of online browsing prepared me for my recent visit to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the finalists of the Archibald Prize. The winner – Fiona Lowry’s portrait of architect Penelope Seidler, blew me away. You have to stand inContinue reading “Without words”

Falling for Byron

As the old saying goes – If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, go together. And if you want to eat well along the way, head for Byron Bay. I’ve just arrived in the beautiful coastal town with a bunch of friends and I’m already feeling the Byron vibe atContinue reading “Falling for Byron”

Author alert: Blog tours can be dangerous

Call me accident-prone if you like (you wouldn’t be alone), but I may be the first author to sprain an ankle on a virtual book tour. As you know, over the past month, I’ve been visiting writing buddies across the country talking about my first book in the Choose Your Own Ever After series –Continue reading “Author alert: Blog tours can be dangerous”

A visit to Hazard River

It’s hard not to be inspired by this place – a little corner of bushland between the Noosa River and the North Shore beach. There are no chic shops or must-do restaurants on this side of the river. It’s all about dirt tracks, deserted beaches, boats, bikes and  unexpected encounters – kangaroos boxing on theContinue reading “A visit to Hazard River”

Get Smitten

Fall in love with the Smitten series. Tall, Dark and Distant: He’s gorgeous, with god-like abs and an adorable English accent. Then she discovers that he’s actually a member of an obscenely wealthy Russian family, and he wants to get to know her better. Nik catapults Georgia into a world of private yachts, fast cars andContinue reading “Get Smitten”

Selfie for cancer awareness

A bare-faced selfie – yeah, that’s going to happen. I knew it was just a matter of time before I was tagged in the post a no make-up selfie to raise awareness for breast cancer FB campaign. And thank you dear friends for nominating me. But as I don’t think anyone will benefit from seeing aContinue reading “Selfie for cancer awareness”

Social media etiquette for parents

‘Mum, that was really awkward when you liked that photo.’ So began another lesson on social media etiquette from my teenage son. My infringement on this occasion – ‘liking’ a photo he was tagged in, that had been posted by one of his friends. Apparently that is – not cool.  Liking my son’s photos is fine, but likingContinue reading “Social media etiquette for parents”