Janet Gover

Award winning author

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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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Tales to Tell

On Sunday, I visited a craft fair – with some truly beautiful things for sale – but strangely enough, I didn’t feel inspired (nor did I buy anything) until I left the huge modern conference centre and wandered up the road to a flea market. Not just any flea market – this was the Hells Kitchen Flea Market here in Manhattan.
Hells Kitchen flea market

Hells Kitchen flea market

The thing I love about flea markets is that everything there has a story to tell. All you have to do is listen carefully…

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My New Toy

My greatest fear is not the dark, or enclosed places or even spiders. It’s being trapped somewhere with nothing to read.

It happened to me once. On a delayed flight, I finished the book I was reading half way into a four hour journey. I started prowling the aisles, looking for any newspapers or magazines I could ‘borrow’ until we landed. I hated it (and I imagine my fellow passengers were a bit concerned too).

My new Kindle

My new Kindle

That’s never going to happen to me again – thanks to my new toy. Continue reading

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Take that Al Capone!

Fall foliage in the Hudson River valley

Fall foliage in the Hudson River valley

Last weekend, we hired a car and headed up the Hudson Valley looking for some of that autumn foliage for which this part of the world is justifiably famous.

It was pretty spectacular.

We also found a wonderful story about how one clever man beat prohibition… and I’m not talking about Al Capone.

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Invasion of the Romance Writers.

My first US writers’ conference this past weekend was quite something.

The New Jersey Romance Writers conference is one of the biggest of the RWA chapter conferences – somewhere around 300 writers took over a hotel and conference centre for a weekend devoted to writing, reading and romance.

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