Award winning outback romance

I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. So very very thrilled. There are more details here.

Janet

Holding out for a red-haired hero

I am in Miami this week – home of spectacular sunrises, a pretty good basketball team and THE red-haired hero.

David Caruso as Horatio Caine

David Caruso as Horatio Caine

I speak of Horatio Caine – CSI Miami’s taciturn but oh-so-sexy hero – played by David Caruso.

Horatio has risen above a great handicap to become a hero. His intelligence and strength, moral fibre and sexy voice were as nothing compared to the fact that he has….. whisper it please … red hair. Continue reading

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A town called… something

I’m building a town. Not a real town you understand – but the town where my next three books are going to be set.

My map of Western Queensland - with additions.

My map of Western Queensland - with additions.

It’s a mining town in the Australian outback – and it’s going to be as much a character in these books as some of the people who live in it. The books are about people – but they will tell the story of the town as well.

For a book to seem real – the characters have to seem real. They need depth. So to does the setting. If I use a real town, I have to stay faithful to reality with its history, locations and character. I wanted the freedom to fit my town to the stories I want to tell (and I don’t want to get sued) so I am building a fictional town. Continue reading

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A visit to the zoo

Lion cubs

Lion cubs

We went to the Bronx Zoo this weekend. There was still some snow on the ground – and it was pretty cold. It started snowing again soon after we arrived and I started to wonder if this was perhaps not the best day for a visit to the zoo.

Then we spotted the lions. Continue reading

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Three times the fun

I’m not much of a plotter. When I start a book, I have the characters firmly set in my head – but the plot is a different matter. I know broadly what I’m writing about – the journey my characters have to take – but the actual events… no idea!

 I tend to jump in with both feet and let the characters take me where they want to. Sometimes they’ll surprise even me. I love it when I start writing a scene and things just happen, without any conscious planning on my part. Those are usually my favourite scenes in the book.

But – not this time. Continue reading

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Where the stories come from.

Writing is a funny thing – sometimes I wake and up have 2,000 words written before lunch. Other days, I can’t seem to construct three consecutive sentences. Ideas are the same. Sometimes they tumble over each other in my head, sometimes there’s just an empty space where the ideas should be.

100 Stories For Queensland

When I first heard about the 100 Stories For Queensland anthology to raise money for flood victims, I wanted to send them a story – but every idea I had suddenly vanished from my head. I have a folder full of story ideas. I dived into that and decided I hated every single one of them.

I had to start again – with just a few days until the deadline. I almost went into panic mode. Continue reading

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Sending a Story Home

I was shocked by the devastating floods that hit Queesland shortly after Christmas. It’s very hard to be so far away and see such terrible pictures of the places you know. Luckily, my family and friends escaped without any serious damage.

Then a friend alerted me to a project called 100 stories for Queensland. The idea was to put together an anthology of stories to raise funds for flood victims. Authors were asked to donate stories…

I thought for a while about Queensland and the small town where I grew up.  Why is it that despite my travels, a part of me remains back there amid the gum trees and dust?  And then I started writing.

I was thrilled this morning to discover that more than 300 stories were donated to the project – which just goes to show how generous people can be.

I was even more thrilled to discover my story is to be included in the anthology – which will hopefully be released in March.

I’ll certainly be buying a copy… and urging everyone I know to do the same, to help out the people who are only just beginning to put their homes and lives back together.

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A New Look

Well – the blog is back for 2011.

I’ve been quiet for a couple of weeks – because Webmaster John and I have been busy redesigning my wesite. I love the new look – and hope you do too.

All of the pictures we’ve used for the banners and the footers on each page were taken during our trips around Australia. We had such a lot of fun deciding which images to use. Looking through those photos brought back so many great memories. In some cases, you may recognise scenes from the books in those photos.

Have a look around – and let me know what you think.

Janet

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Happy Holidays!

 
 

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas… 

The Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre

…and a Happy New Year. 

         Janet X 

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Crossing the country on a train.

I’ve just been to Montreal and back – on a train. The journey was over ten hours each way – and I loved it. 

The view from the last carriage

 

Seriously – I did. 

It’s a great way to see a new country. And there was SO much to see. 

The trip passed really quickly – well, apart from the time the man asleep in the seat across the aisle was snoring. And the hour long wait at the US-Canada border while officials checked out every passenger was a bit dull. Which was good. The last thing I want is an ‘interesting’ border crossing. 

Anywhere. 

Ever. 

Leaving New York I was underground, or at least in a cutting most of the way. The gleaming towers of the city are hidden and I’m surrounded by dark, grease stained iron beams and bare concrete walls, liberally decorated with graffiti. Continue reading

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Trying My Hand at Thanksgiving

It’s hard for someone who hasn’t grown up with Thanksgiving to understand the place it holds in people’s hearts here in the USA. However, I have seen images of the Macy’s parade on TV… so was  not about to miss the chance to join in the fun. 

The balloons being inflated

 

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The giant balloons for the Thanksgiving Day parade are inflated the night before – on the streets to the west of Central Park. 

The residents of some of the poshest apartments in the city suddenly find themselves with some rather unusual neighbours. Continue reading

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