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July 26th, 2020

With everything else that’s been going on, I’ve only just realised that it’s a week and a day until A Clue for Clara is released. Eeek, I need to do Continue reading

June 7th, 2020

I’ve been thinking these last couple of weeks about how a book needs a great antagonist. And how sometimes it takes a while to find the right one. For the Continue reading

May 3rd, 2020

Back on April 5 I mentioned that I wasn’t getting much work done because the daily news was so overwhelming. Over the course of the month, that situation grew even Continue reading

April 26th, 2020

Have you ever had a secret that you absolutely couldn’t tell anybody until a certain date? And you couldn’t wait to tell people about it, but at the same time Continue reading

April 12th, 2020

The nicest thing that has happened recently is that Ella and the Ocean has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s literary awards – specifically, the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Continue reading

April 5th, 2020

When you write to an author, do you know how much we treasure your letters and emails? An email from someone who has read my books and loved them always Continue reading

March 1st, 2020

Writing books is, on the whole, a solitary thing. For me, that’s one of the pleasures of it, the days with no company except Harry, my cat, and the various Continue reading

January 27th, 2020

When I was a kid, we lived in Launceston and my grandmother and aunts lived in Hobart. So every school holidays we hopped in the car and drove south. It Continue reading

January 19th, 2020

When my country is on fire, is writing children’s books still a useful thing to do? This is a question that has been puzzling me over the last couple of Continue reading

January 5th, 2020

Writing a story set in a particular historical period is tricky. You have to get the details right, which means a lot of research. And while some writers love research, Continue reading

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