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, has had an amazing reception from readers, particularly in the USA – where it was chosen as a finalist in four Romance Writers of America chapter contests. It was the winner of a Book Buyers Best Award for a mainstream romantic novel, and also was the Book Buyers Best Top Pick. Thank you – 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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You know those moments when you finally get to… not exactly meet but spend time listening to someone you have really admired for a long time. One of two things will happen. Either you’ll be disappointed, or you’ll fall in love.
And isn’t it the best thing in the world when it’s the latter?
This week, I had a major fan-girl moment. I had a front row seat at the Royal Festival Hall to hear the amazing Neil Gaiman talk about his work in general and in particular his latest book – Norse Mythology. This book is a retelling of the classic Norse myths in Gaiman’s own unique voice.
Not only is he a great writer – he is a pretty fabulous reader too.
The evening started with him reading one of the stories from the book. It involved the Mighty Thor and his hammer, Loki , a giant ogre and a wedding. Continue reading