filed under Book Reviews.

It’s time to talk about books! Book Chat, my reading round up, is back with some must-reads and some other books I wasn’t so keen on. As usual, you can get my reading recommendations on the video below, or scroll further down for a quick summary. I’m reviewing Lauren Sams’ Crazy, Busy, Guilty, Joy Callaway’s The Fifth Avenue Artist’s Society, Liane Moriarty’s The Hypnotist’s Love Story and a title that isn’t out yet, Sophie Green’s The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, which is my pick of the month.   Crazy, Busy, Guilty by Lauren Sams This book made me realise just…

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filed under Author Interviews.

Welcome back to Where Stories Are Made, my monthly feature where I interview another author and ask them to take us behind the scenes into their writing space. I’m very excited that bestselling author Rachael Johns is my guest this month. I hope you enjoy this peek at her writing cabin, plus there’s a chance to win a copy of her latest book! Over to you, Rachael. 1. My stories are made … My stories are (mostly) made in my brand new writer’s cabin (although you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s new if you saw how much clutter I’ve…

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filed under How To Write A Book.

The best things about being a writer are obviously the fame, the fortune, and the glamour, right? Well, I haven’t been lucky enough to find any of those things but here I am, still writing. And despite not having those things, I still think I’m lucky anyway. Teaching a couple of courses to aspiring writers over the weekend reminded me of this so I thought it might be good to share with you what exactly it is that I love about writing. We so often hear stories of how hard writing a book is; maybe it is hard sometimes but there…

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filed under Her Mother's Secret.

You might have seen that I’ve recently been away in Melbourne and Sydney promoting Her Mother’s Secret and that I’ve been doing a few events here in Perth too. So I thought I’d share with you what I got up to, as well as the ins and outs of what an author does on a book tour. Meeting Readers This is the number reason why I like to go over east and do events there and also here in Perth. Meeting readers really is the best. I spend so much of my life stuck in front of my computer, lost…

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Welcome to my brand new blog series: Where Stories Are Made! If you’re anything like me, you might be fascinated with the spaces that allow writers to find their words, the locations where magic happens. That’s what my new series is all about: taking a peek at the writing spaces where stories are made. My very first guest is the lovely Pamela Cook, who’s here to tell us about and show us her writing space. 1. My stories are made … At home. I have a fabulous study with a beautiful old desk and walls lined with purple bookshelves. We moved…

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filed under Her Mother's Secret, How To Write A Book.

I have a fascination for the clothes the characters in my books wear. Fashion and character is something I spend a substantial amount of time researching. Why do I bother? I could easily use that time to do some other more “serious” research; after all, clothes are thought to be fairly trivial items. But they’re not. For me, they’re an essential part of getting the character onto the page. How Clothes Get Character Onto the Page? As a writer, I have four main methods of getting the character to come to life in the reader’s mind: dialogue, action, thought and description. If you’ve…

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I’ve decided to reinstate Book Chat as a regular feature about every six weeks. I had dropped it because I was going to do quick Facebook Live videos each time I finished a book so I could review the book fresh, but I never remembered to do it! I’ve read lots of books over the last three months and I’ve picked the best five of them here, for this month’s Book Chat. It’s a bit of an Australian women writers bonanza, with one international author thrown in too. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you’re glad I’ve brought Book…

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filed under Her Mother's Secret, How To Write A Book.

Last week, in Part 3 of my blog series about Her Mother’s Secret , I talked about the process of actually writing the book. I finished at the point at which I was about to send it to my editor, thinking it was amazing and wouldn’t need much work in the way of structural editing. Ha! I was very deluded. 19 Pages of Notes I received back from my publisher 19 pages of single-spaced notes for the structural edit. 19 pages! Can I tell you how daunting it is, when you think your book is fabulous, to receive an email…

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filed under Her Mother's Secret, How To Write A Book.

Welcome to Part 3 of my blog series taking you behind the covers of Her Mother’s Secret. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Today’s post is all about the writing process, what I actually did when I sat down to write the book and how easy (or hard!) it really was. Her Mother’s Secret was my fourth book and my second historical novel. I knew what I was doing right? Wrong! In the Beginning … The book covers twenty years, two seperate timeframes and has two different female protagonists. One of those is Leo, who’s trying…

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filed under Her Mother's Secret, Writing Historical Fiction.

I’ve said it before, but I love the research. I think, to write historical fiction, you have to. And the research I did for Her Mother’s Secret was fun and fascinating so I thought I’d share with you what I did to make the book come to life, as well as give you an insight into how an author goes about researching historical fiction. This is Part 2 in my series taking you behind the covers of Her Mother’s Secret. You can find Part 1 here. The Cosmetics Industry As the book is about the birth of the cosmetics industry…

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