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May 19th, 2019

My dad was a storyteller. It’s not a hard thing to be in Tasmania, which is packed to the brim with strangeness, beauty and tragedy. So when my brothers and Continue reading

May 5th, 2019

Many years ago, I sent the first three chapters of Museum of Thieves to Peter Bishop from Varuna Writers House in the Blue Mountains. By then, I’d been working on Continue reading

April 21st, 2019

My #2 tip for up and coming writers is practise patience. This is a hard one to take on board, particularly when you’re young. In your teens and twenties, it Continue reading

April 14th, 2019

A young woman doing a creative writing degree at University recently messaged me with a number of questions about my career. Her last question was, ‘Can you give me three Continue reading

April 7th, 2019

I am wildly excited about this book. It’s my eleventh book, but it feels like my first – probably because it’s so different from anything else I’ve written. And because Continue reading

March 24th, 2019

Some time ago, a twelve-year-old girl wrote to me for advice. Her mother, she said, thought she was too young to be a writer, and wanted her to go outside Continue reading

March 17th, 2019

I’m setting out to read the shortlist for this year’s Aurealis award for Best Children’s Fiction. First on the list is Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Continue reading

March 9th, 2019

One of the Year Six classes at Dodges Ferry primary school is currently reading Museum of Thieves, and I’ve been invited to talk to them – which has sent me Continue reading

March 3rd, 2019

The very first of my books to appear on a shortlist was Museum of Thieves, in the 2010 Aurealis awards for Australian fantasy/science fiction. It was wildly exciting seeing it Continue reading

March 1st, 2019

A couple of months ago, the bloke who designed and built my new website sent me a message with a link showing me how to use Mailchimp to send emails Continue reading

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