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As soon as I thought of the idea for this blog series, I knew I’d have to have Kirsty Manning as my guest. Her writing outlook is spectacular, and definitely worth sharing. She’s also offered a signed copy of her new book, The Midsummer Garden, to one lucky person who comments on this blog post. So sit back and enjoy this tour of Kirsty Manning’s writing spaces! 1. My stories are made … At home, mostly. I have a home office that has French doors on a deck high among my chestnut trees. It feels a little like writing in…

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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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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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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 another of my interviews with emerging writers. This one is a little bit special; I’ve “known” Kali Napier for a couple of years via Twitter and recently met her in real life for the first time when I was at the Brisbane Writers Festival. But she recently received the best piece of news any writer could ever wish for—her book is going to be published and when I say published, I mean my amazing publisher at Hachette, Rebecca Saunders, is publishing it, so it must be a fabulous book! Here’s Kali to tell you about her journey…

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One of the best things about going to writers’ festivals is meeting other writers. I was lucky enough to be invited to Brisbane Writers Festival in September and I met so many lovely writers, one of whom, Sarah Ridout, has just had her first book, Le Chateau, published. If you love the idea of a suspenseful tale set in a gorgeous French chateau, then I can thoroughly recommend her book One of the things Sarah and I talked about at the festival was her journey to publication. It’s a really interesting story of never giving up, even when things seem…

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There are so many talented people in Australia working on books; they’re persevering, keeping the faith, hoping that one day they might walk into a bookshop and see their book for sale. I’m very lucky in that I get to meet many of these people through teaching or blogging or events. Every few months, I like to invite one of them to be a guest here to showcase their hard work as part of my hopefully-soon-to-be-published writer series. This month, I’d like to welcome Jodi Gibson. I hope you enjoy finding out more about her and reading her tips and…

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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 feel like I’ve blogged a lot about me lately so it’s nice to take the focus off me and talk about some other amazing writers instead! I realise the year is one-third over and I haven’t done any interviews with emerging writers as I was doing last year. So I’ve rectified that and have spoken to two wonderful women whose books I hope to see in a bookstore near me one day soon. Please welcome A. Suiter Clarke and Kim Foster to the blog today as they share their thoughts and feelings, tips and advice about being an emerging writer…

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