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 for […]

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Getting creative on the Scenic Rim

I’ve read the research: hanging out in nature reduces stress levels, enhances creativity,  improves intelligence and even makes you a nicer person. So after three days of stomping through muddy gullies, tramping up mountain tracks and following black cockatoos on Queensland’s spectacular Scenic Rim, my latest story should basically write itself. As for the impact of all of that delicious […]

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Halcyon Daze

Sumptuously decorated walls have never been on my list of must-haves for a beach holiday hotel, but after a night at Halcyon House on the Tweed Coast, I’m thinking I might need to rewrite my list. The 21-room boutique hotel is a white and indigo gem nestled among the pandanus palms, midway between the Gold […]

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Happy 2016!

You know you’re on holidays when you relish the chance to get out of bed at daybreak. With the Noosa River calling, and a paddleboard with my name on it, who has got time to sleep. Sting rays are flitting across the river bed, pelicans are sailing past, early-rising fishermen head for the bar, and […]

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Happy New Year!

I hope you’ve had a great start to the year. I’ve been flat out working all summer. My friends and family would probably say otherwise, that I’ve been lazing around on holidays, that I’ve barely had my laptop open. But that’s just the point. I’ve been travelling, gazing out of plane windows, eavesdropping at restaurants, […]

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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 in […]

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My Writing Process

Thank you to the wonderfully talented, and all-round gorgeous, children’s author Krista Bell, for inviting me to be part of My Writing Process Blog Tour. I first met Krista on a visit to Central Queensland. I shared an apartment and many laughs with Krista and another inspirational author, Susanne Gervay. We were part of a […]

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The temples of Angkor

It’s seventeen years since I last visited Cambodia’s sprawling temple complex of Angkor. So, it’s no surprise that the UNESCO World Heritage site is a bit busier than it was last time I was here. Bus loads of tourists pour into Angkor Wat and the other famous temples of Bayon and Ta Prohm. Yet, there […]

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Starting a story with a problem

When I started out writing, my stories were just a series of quite interesting events. A lack of experience and planning meant that I didn’t have enough structure in my story, so the characters meandered through the pages without a clear purpose. A problem, at the beginning of the story, changes all of that. It is […]

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The Voice

I am loving the blind auditions of The Voice – not just because the talent is so outstanding, but because the whole message is so positive and inspiring. Even the singers who don’t turn any chairs are sent away with great professional advice and an explanation for why they didn’t move the coaches. Standing out from the […]

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