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I love interviewing other writers, and I especially love taking to them about how they make the best use of their time to fit in writing, plus work, plus family, plus everything else that they do to live a full and fun life. Every writer I’ve ever spoken to for this interview series has slightly different tips to share, but I always learn something. This week, I’m talking to the lovely Vanessa Carnevale. Vanessa Carnevale is the author of The Florentine Bridge, a book I was very privileged to read in manuscript form, and which is like the best holiday…

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Confession: I may have had a mini-meltdown just before Christmas over what the hell I was doing with my life. Writing and motherhood no longer seemed to mix. For a couple of days, I remembered all too clearly just how much more money I could be making if I was still working in marketing, rather than writing books. Not to mention how much nicer my clothes would be! From high heels every day to almost not remembering the last time I’d worn shoes because my current place of work is on the kitchen bench with three delightful children running around.…

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Happy New Year everyone! I’m very excited to be back blogging after a little break and what better way to kick of 2017 than with some advice about managing the juggle that is life, writing, kids, working etc and some great tips on how to make time to write. I’m here with the lovely Lauren Sams, whose new book, Crazy, Busy, Guilty has just come out. Lauren is also the author of She’s Having a Baby, and works as a freelance writer for magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. She has a 4 year old daughter and another beautiful baby on…

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Welcome back to my series of interviews where I interview writers who are also mothers about the juggle that is their life. This time, I’m speaking to the lovely Tess Woods and, because she’s in my home town of Perth, I actually got to sit right next to her for the interview which was lovely! The full video interview is below, and you can also read an abridged version of our conversation underneath.   Introducing Tess Woods Tess Woods is a physiotherapist who lives in Perth with one husband, two children, one dog and one cat who rules over all of…

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Sally Hepworth is one amazing woman! Her novel, The Secrets of Midwives was the highest selling debut novel in Australia in 2015, and she followed that up with the hugely successful The Things We Keep. She currently has 2 children, with a third on the way. And her publisher has just signed her up for 3 more books! So I was very excited when she agreed to be interviewed for my blog. I spoke to her about her writing week and her writing life: how she manages her time and her writing process, her tips for writers, what she gets…

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I love a good author interview and I especially love it when that author is also a friend of mine. I’m so delighted to introduce Sara Foster to you, who has recently released her fourth book, All That is Lost Between Us. Today, as a writer who is also a mother, a PhD candidate, and a someone who homeschools her child, she has some great tips to share about how to fit writing into a busy schedule. You can either watch the video below, or I’ve taken some brief quotes out of our conversation and summarised it for you. Enjoy!…

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I had the most fun interviewing the amazing Rachael Johns. I learned a lot, and took away several great tips that I’m going to try out to help manage the juggle of writing, mothering, living, working and everything else. The interview is the latest in my series with writers who are also mothers, and the series is designed to show how different writers use different strategies to manage the daily juggle of writing and motherhood. I hope you enjoy this one, which can you watch in the following video, or read a shortened version of in the text below.  …

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Not so long ago, it felt like all I did was write books and have babies. There was almost no time for anything else. This year, for the first time, all three kids are at school and I occasionally feel as if I have time to do other things, but I’m still in a place where everything I do is outcome focussed—I go to yoga to stay relaxed, I swim to keep fit—and I can’t think of anything I do besides take the very rare bubble bath that is simply just wasting time on me (and just to note that…

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Thanks so much to everyone who commented on, read and shared the first post in my series about balancing writing and motherhood, which was an interview with the fabulous Kate Forsyth. I was thrilled with the love everyone gave that post. My next writing mum is Allison Tait, a freelance writer, blogger and author with more than 20 years’ experience. You might remember her hugely successful blog, Life in a Pink Fibro. Allison now blogs here, she’s still a prolific freelance writer and she’s just released the first book in her children’s trilogy, The Mapmaker Chronicles. Welcome Allison! As I did last time,…

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I’m so excited to be talking to Kate Forsyth today about how to make time to write a book. Most of you probably know that Kate has been a successful writer for years. She’s published books for children, books for adults, works of fantasy, historical fiction; she’s truly a diverse and well loved writer. I first saw Kate speak at the Australian Society of Authors National Congress last year and I was so inspired by her speech that I went straight out and bought her book, The Wild Girl, which I reviewed glowingly on Book Chat earlier this year. So,…

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