filed under Author Interviews.

Welcome back to Where Stories Are Made. Fiona Palmer is my special guest this month and I hope you enjoy this tour of her writing space. Plus, if you read all the way through to the end, you have the chance to win a signed copy of her new book, Secrets Between Friends. Over to Fiona! 1. My stories are made … I always write at home in my office. I find its just too hard when I’m away as I usually have so much on. Besides I have that much research bits and stuff jotted down on paper that…

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filed under How To Write A Book.

I’ve published 4 books, but I’ve just handed in the structural edit on my 5th, and am up to the final draft on my 6th. This is not a position I ever really imagined I’d be in, back when I was writing book number one. If I had been able to glimpse the future, there are a few things I would have liked to have known—saving the good names being chief amongst them! Here are a few of the lessons learned from writing those books. Save the Good Names There is a finite supply of good names, especially male names!…

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

On Facebook last week, I saw someone asking the question: how do you define success as a writer? It came on the back of a Twitter update, from someone attending a writing seminar, where UWA Press publisher Terri-Ann White said that the average sales of a book in Australia were just 800 copies per year. Does that then mean if you sell 800 copies in one year you’re a success? 800 copies might earn an author just over $2,000—for something that’s taken about 5 years of their life to write. Maybe for some that is success. For others, perhaps not.…

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filed under How To Write A Book, The French Photographer, The Paris Seamstress.

Incubation is a greatly underrated but hugely important part of the writing process, of how an idea becomes a book. Everyone talks about the actual writing and the redrafting and the editing but few people talk about the thinking time. I guess that’s because it’s hard to talk about: blogging about time spent doing nothing other than thinking could quickly turn into a very dull post! But I’m going to give it a go because it’s been on my mind a lot lately as I incubate an idea that will hopefully become a book for 2020 (crazy far away I…

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filed under Her Mother's Secret.

I can’t believe it but it’s only 2 weeks until Her Mother’s Secret will be in stores! So I thought it might be a good time to start sharing something more about the book. Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be running a series of posts which take you behind the book covers, and tell you a little about where the idea for Her Mother’s Secret came from, the research process, the writing process and much more. This week is all about the inspiration behind the book. For me, it’s never one thing that inspires a book. It’s always a few things,…

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filed under How To Write A Book.

It’s much nicer to do things we’ve done before, things we know, things we’re certain about. But, as writers, I think this is one of the worst things we can do. Today I wanted to talk about why it’s a good thing to think that the book you’re writing is too ambitious, to wonder if you have the skills to finish the story you’ve started to write. We Never Plan to Make Ourselves Uncomfortable When I sat down to write A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, I didn’t deliberately plan to write a book that was outside my comfort zone. I…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing and Motherhood.

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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filed under How To Write A Book.

Yes, it really is December! Which means it’s time to start looking ahead to 2017. 2016 has been an amazing year and I know that, in the writing business, there are always highs and lows; you have to make the most of the highs when they’re there, and push through the lows when it’s their turn for a showing. But, as I might have mentioned before, I’m a very goal oriented person and I think that setting writing goals can sometimes help sustain the highs and minimise the lows. With that in mind, here are my writing goals for 2017…

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