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Choose Your Own Ever After - The Call of the WildHere you’ll find all you need to know about my new books, as well as reviews, writing tips and more.

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Counterfeit Love

Ambition, intrigue and romance in Counterfeit Love. Out now!

Lucy Yang is loving her first television job in Hong Kong. She works hard and plays hard, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship if she wants to become a TV news anchor by the time she’s twenty-one.

Then she meets Byron, and her world is turned upside-down. But as Lucy desperately tries to get to the bottom of a potentially huge news story, Byron keeps popping up in the most unlikely places. Is it just a coincidence? Or is Lucy’s perfect man not so perfect after all?

‘Counterfeit Love kept me intrigued and left me smiling. I absolutely adored every second of reading it. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who likes a good romantic mystery. I’d give Counterfeit Love by Julie Fison a score of 9 out of 10.’  Written Word Worlds.

‘Lucy is strong, independent and determined but also sweet and very likeable. Byron is swoon worthy, hilarious, sexy with a hint of mystery. Together they make one of my favorite smitten romance couples. Also diversity … Its refreshing to read a casts of Asian characters as main characters. Love smitten romance books as they always leave me with a big smile when I am done.’ Rowreads.

 

The Call of the Wild and How to get to Rio (Choose Your Own Ever After) by Julie FisonCYOEA

How to get to Rio front coverYou decide how the story goes in  Choose Your Own Ever After – a pick-a-path series for girls who like choice!

Choose How to get to Rio or The Call of the Wild. OUT NOW!

The Call of the Wild Choose Your Own Ever After‘Tween girls will simply love this choose your own adventure style new series. Dealing with real world issues, How to Get to Rio gives the reader a delicious amount of power over the story they read – what will your Ever After be?’ The Little Bookroom

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Lust and Found

Adventure, love, and exotic destinations in the Smitten series.

Adventure, romance and exotic destinations in Smitten.

Tall, Dark and Distant

When Georgia meets Nik on her family summer holiday, she’s sure he’s too good to be true. He’s gorgeous, with god-like abs and an adorable English accent. Then Georgia 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 and expensive jewellery. Having a billionaire for a boyfriend certainly comes with benefits, but it also comes with a price. How long will it take before life in the fast lane spins out of control? Buy it now!

Lust and Found

Cambodia is the last place in the world Sienna wants to visit. She likes five-star hotels and exercising her credit card in air-conditioned malls not flea-ridden hostels and trekking through the jungle. But when her brother Eddie starts sending strange messages from Cambodia, Sienna’s mum convinces her to go check on him. Thankfully, her boyfriend agrees to go along. When they arrive, they discover that Eddie has disappeared. Sienna just wants to find him and get the hell out of there. Everything in Cambodia is getting to her – the language barrier, the unrelenting humidity, the mosquitos. But mostly it’s Eddie’s maddeningly hot French friend, Guillaume, who couldn’t be more unhelpful if he tried. Buy it now!

Angkor Wat at sunset‘I really loved this book. I read it one sitting. So much going on in this book. A great love story, a mysterious subplot, and you can literally feel the humidity of Cambodia. This is one of fave books I have read this year. So, so good.’ Kate Forster

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Meanwhile at Hazard River ...

tiger terror front coverHolidays are normally fun – right? But when Jack Wilde, his brother Ben and their friends Lachlan and Mimi visit Hazard River nothing is normal.

The gang comes up against rogue fishermen, smugglers and dodgy developers as they explore the River.

How will they survive the summer?

The Hazard River series is page-turning fun tories for kids aged 8+ by J.E. Fison (that’s me!).

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Collect all six books:

Shark Frenzy

Snake Surprise

Tiger Terror

Bat Attack

Blood Money

Toads’ Revenge.

 

“I love the characters, they are fun and believable, the adventure is perfect for this age group and the story keeps you interested all the way until the end. A good choice for tweens, and even the reluctant readers could be turned with this one. It flows well and with plenty of humour and action it is sure to impress. I would definitely recommend this book, and indeed this series.” Bug in a Book

Choose Your Own Ever After

TIPS FOR YOUNG WRITERS

  1. Keep a journal for snippets of conversation, story ideas, newspaper clippings, bus tickets – anything that might be useful in a story.
  2. Brainstorm your ideas. Get everything out of your head and onto paper so you can use it later. You don’t have to use it all, but get it all out, no matter how crazy your ideas seem at first.
  3. Map out a plan for your story – starting with a problem and adding obstacles and building to a climax and a final resolution.
  4. Get to know your characters. Give them strengths and weaknesses that you can use in your story. Flesh out your characters so they feel real to the reader. Your reader doesn’t need to know everything about your characters, but you do.
  5. Give your audience an exciting start to your story. But remember it has to build to a climax, so don’t throw everything at them in the first paragraph.
  6. Fill in some of the background to the story as you go along, rather than burdening the reader in the first paragraph.
  7. Use detail to engage your reader by using all of your senses when you write. What do your characters see, hear, smell, touch, taste and how do they feel about what is going on. But don’t name the feelings: He was sad. Show the reader what’s happening: A tear ran down his cheek.
  8. Write like events are occurring in slow motion when you get to the exciting parts. Don’t rush the best bits of your story. Explore them with all of your senses.
  9. Use dialogue to reveal your characters personality, background and emotions.
  10. Edit your story. Read over the story, asking yourself if you have answered the questions – how, when, where, why, who?
  11. Remove anything that doesn’t add to your story or doesn’t quite fit. When in doubt, leave it out. Write to engage not to impress.
  12. Rewrite any parts of your story that need to be improved. You can add dialogue and detail to make it more engaging. You may need to do several rewrites to get it right. I do!

Choose Your Own Ever After

Julie Fison in Cambodia

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I didn’t see that coming

A fishy tale about an author, a garfish and a beach in North Queensland.  

Palm Cove
Palm Cove

I love holidays. But I find the planning stage extremely time-consuming and stressful. Will the accommodation be as good as it looks on the web? Have I got the best deal available? Will there be enough to do for the kids when we get there?

The permutations for a perfect holiday are so complicated, the possibility of a disaster so great. And even when I think I have struck on a winning formula my children get older, their tastes change and it’s back to the drawing board (otherwise known as the internet). Holidays are so precious that I want to make them as close to perfect as possible.

But sometimes the elusive X factor can be found in the most unexpected places.

Cairns marina
Cairns marina

Last September, after months of planning, I set off with my husband and two sons, aged 11 and 14, along with three other families for a North Queensland driving adventure. The trip had lost its ideal status even before we left.

My older son had been chosen to compete in the Queensland rugby championships in Toowoomba, which meant he and my husband would only be spending three nights in North Queensland. Not great, but not a catastrophe. I could still explore the Far North with my friends and younger son.

However, the holiday didn’t quite work out that way.

While I was swimming with a friend at Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, a garfish, not much bigger than my index finger, shot out of the water and speared me in the ear. The small intruder left a 2.5 cm spike in my eardrum as a souvenir of its visit, before wriggling free and disappearing into sea

Palm Cove sign
Palm Cove sign

North Queensland is famous for its lethal marine life. Crocodiles, sharks, Irukandji jellyfish are the ones you normally have to watch out for in this part of the world. But garfish?

As it turns out, they are a lot more dangerous than they look. In the Torres Strait bigger garfish periodically spear fishermen, causing all sorts of injuries and in at least one case – death. As far as I can tell, I’m the first to be speared in ear – a very dubious accolade.

Because of my freakishly unlikely and extremely painful encounter, I spent three hours in surgery at Cairns Base Hospital having the spike removed, and the next five days convalescing in Cairns and Palm Cove, instead of exploring the Daintree and Cooktown.

Meanwhile, my son, who had gone further north, fell out of a tree at Cape Tribulation and broke his wrist. My wonderful friends took him to Cooktown Hospital to have his arm manipulated and set in a temporary cast. An eventful holiday to say the least.

To cap things off, I was forced to cancel my return flight and take the train home because I had a perforated eardrum. My son and I boarded the Sunlander for the 30-hour journey from Cairns to Brisbane with a couple of magazines, a novel each, and two packets of jubes. I hadn’t even packed any electronic devices.

My son had his arm in a sling and I was sporting a facial palsy and was almost completely deaf in one ear. (Yes, quite a pair.) A fitting end to the holiday from hell – right?

Well, not really.

I will certainly concede that my son would have had more fun without a broken wrist and I would have had a better holiday if I hadn’t been speared by a garfish. But at least I had good care in Cairns and had great friends to look after me.

I was sorry I missed out on the Daintree, yet I did have a few lovely memories to take home. We’d all had a great day snorkelling on the reef before the garfish incident and I also managed to enjoy some good meals in Palm Cove and Port Douglas with my friends. And as for the train trip home, I found it quite rewarding.

Normally, I would say that a 30-hour train ride with any number of children (even in a sleeper) is tantamount to torture, but because my son was injured, he was content to read and sleep.

Cardwell from the Sunlander
Cardwell from the Sunlander

I found just gazing out of the window as the cane farms drifted by and flicking through magazines quite therapeutic (for the first 10 hours anyway). I also had my medication to keep me busy – antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and anti-viral pills to take at various times of the day, along with ear drops and eye drops.

When we needed a break from sleeper-life, we stumbled up to the dining car for a serving of lasagna and over-cooked vegetables, then staggered back for another nap. It wasn’t quite the Orient Express, but it was scenic, relaxing and the kind of experience that doesn’t come along too often.

I wonder how many times I’ll get the chance to hang out with one of my sons for a day and a half without any other distractions – to talk, read and play cards. Probably not too often, is my guess. And if nothing else, that made the holiday very special.

So ten weeks later, my hearing still isn’t great, but my face is almost back to normal. My son has his cast off and it’s holiday time again.

Will it be perfect? Who knows.

Something unexpected always crops up. I know it won’t be a rogue garfish, but there’s bound to be a hitch at some stage. I won’t mind if it’s not perfect, though. I know that just spending time together as a family will make it special and a little bit of adversity can provide unforeseen rewards – that’s what memories are made of.

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  1. Hi Julie, I keep revisiting your article on boys from time to time and have posted it on our facebook page a few times. I made a brief comment some time ago as the subject matter of boys and teenage boys is close to my heart as a father of 6 and also as someone who runs family programs for teenage boys.

    Last year I sent an email to the mother of boys address regarding the family programs we run and how a big part of our teenage boys rite of passage program ‘Journey to Manhood’ has a strong component for mothers and how to ‘let go’ at this important life stage for not just the son but the whole family. Unfortunately I haven’t heard anything back so am hoping you may have a contact I could speak to directly.

    This is a subject that is very much at the forefront of our work and we take time to explore this with parents at our ‘Raising Teenage Boys’ Parent Evenings and in our book by the same name. The roles for mothers and fathers at this stage are really important and we go as far as to say that where most families get it wrong today is where the father doesn’t step up and the mother won’t let go.

    And we explore what that looks like for each gender as it does require a change in the approach especially for dads’ and older men..

    I’d love the opportunity to discuss any involvement with this group so would appreciate hearing from you if you have anything to offer. We present our parent evenings throughout Brisbane both publicly and at schools. We are currently running programs with or are in discussing with all major boys schools in Brisbane. We have an evening at BBC on Wednesday night if you were interested in getting to know our approach.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration and hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards

    Andy

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Author of children's and YA fiction