My father taught me to love books when I was just a child – and that lifelong passion includes writing them as well as reading them.
I started scribbling short stories (mostly about ponies) in my schoolbooks when I was very small. Those schoolgirl scribbles slowly developed into ‘proper’ writing, leading me into the best job a person could ever have – being a writer.
I love writing books about the Australian outback, and have been touched by the amazing response from readers to my Coorah Creek books.
The latest book in the series is now out. Little Girl Lost is a story about being lost and finding the way home again… to wherever or whoever is home. It’s the fourth book in the series and was a total joy to write.
Although it’s a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone story.
The first book, Flight To Coorah Creek won the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver RWA. The book was also a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia RUBY Awards – for Romantic Book of the Year and was nominated as Book of the Year in the AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards.
The Wild One – the second book, was a finalist in the Award of Excellence organised by the Colorado Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. What a thrill it is to have that recognition.
For my third visit to my favourite outback town, I decided to spend Christmas at Coorah Creek – with Trish, Adam and Jess and all the familiar faces we have come to know. This was a story that made me cry as I wrote it.
The series doesn’t end there, but I can’t say too much about that just yet. Stay tuned.
There’s more here on my website – more books and more stories. While you’re here, please have a click around. There are musings on the blog, free short reads and all sorts of stuff here that I hope you will enjoy.
And do come back soon.
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Last weekend was the Romantic Novelists Association conference – and as the associations webmistress (I really like the sound of that) and all round geek queen, I led a workshop on taking the technical terror out of giving talks.
Authors give talks – and for people who spend most of their lives alone talking to imaginary people in their heads, a talk can be a daunting experience.
There are two things that are, to most people, equally terrifying. One is the prospect of standing in front of people, with all their eyes on you – speaking out loud and saying things that make sense, or at least are not totally nonsensical.
The other fear is filling that big blank screen behind you with something interesting. I can help with that. Continue reading