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. It’s a series of novels set in a small town in outback Australia. The town is fictional, but it’s very real to me and to my readers.
The series has won a number of awards, including the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year in the UK, Two Book Buyers best Awards and the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice award in the USA.
The fifth book in the series is out now. Wedding Bells by the Creek is all about second chances and features some of my favourite characters from the series – Max, the town policeman, Trish from the pub, and Tia the young woman who drives a giant mine truck. There’s also Ed, a man who’s had more than his fair share of heartaches in his life.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading Wedding Bells by the Creek as much as I enjoyed writing it – and all my other books.
There’s a lot more on my website – more books and some free short stories to read. While you’re here, please have a click around. There are musings on the blog, and details of my tutoring and manuscript appraisal services for writers.
And do come back soon.
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Today is one of those days that authors love. It’s publication day for Wedding Bells by the Creek – the 5th book in the Coorah Creek Series.
Publication day is the culmination of months of work. It’s not just the writing. Before the first word is even written, I have to spend time thinking about the story and the characters and what the book will be about. When the writing is finished, there’s revision and editing, working to get the cover just right. Coming up with a blurb and a shout line.
But all that is worthwhile when I look at the final book. Of course, that’s when the nervousness sets in. Continue reading