Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, etc etc to all my readers! Hope you all have the opportunity to gather with loved ones and celebrate.

This year has been amazing and I am thankful for so many things: First and foremost, of course, is my family – my partner, who supports  and encourages me  in all things, and my beautiful children, whose smiles brighten my day. I’m thankful also for my writer’s group without whom I would NEVER have been motivated to get this far!! I’m grateful for all the editors who’ve read my work, those who’ve accepted my pieces for publication, but also those who did not, yet gave me words of encouragement to keep writing, and try again.

I’m grateful to Allen & Unwin, from who I have won numerous prizes this year, (they have filled my bookshelves! Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson, Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith, Sharp Shooter and Sharp Turn both by Marianne Delacourt, The Boy Under the Table by Nicole Trope, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton) and had some great opportunities – joining in the blogging read-along of The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier, and another great opportunity I’m really excited about – The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. The book was delivered by my very friendly Australia Post lady today, and I was so excited about it I’ve put my current book aside (Cloudstreet by Tim Winton) and started on it already. (The Storyteller is due for release next year – look out for it – I only started it an hour ago and I’m already a quarter of the way through. It is brilliant! Jodi Picoult certainly does not disappoint with this one – the way she manages to delve so deep into the complexities of human emotion, and the human condition (I think that really is the best term for it), is absolutely amazing!!)

Oops – I seem to have digressed somewhat! I am thankful for you too – my readers and followers. It’s a bit strange sometimes – sometimes this feels a bit like a journal, a place to offload the random thoughts I occasionally have. So thank you for reading, liking, and commenting!

Again… I hope you all have a beautiful day where-ever you are and whatever you’re doing.

Blessed Be!

My Inspiration…

Several years ago I entered a competition by Australian Book Publishers Allen and Unwin, in which they asked “what inspires you to write?” The answer had to fit in 25 words, and while I can’t remember my answer word for word, it was something along the lines of: ‘I am inspired to write when I hear stories of other people achieving their goals’. The answer won me the competition – the prize: a  signed book of Jodi Picoult’s – Vanishing Acts I think, though i could be wrong.

But what inspired me to want to write in the first place? To be completely honest I don’t remember. I guess it was all the books I read as a child; I’m told I was reading novels in grade 1, and I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I vaguely remember meeting children’s author Sally Farrell Odgers in primary school. I don’t remember any specifics, I guess I was in grade 2 or 3, but I was excited to meet a real live author. Several years later, in grade 6, I was lucky enough to attend a writing workshop (again through my school) by Isobel Carmody. She was a great inspiration, talking of her journey to publication, and her stories and where she came up with names. Sadly I’ve forgotten what she said about names though – I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that names are something I really struggle with.

Since then I’ve been inspired, motivated, encouraged etc by many different people but looking back I would say meeting those two authors set the foundation for my goal of being an author myself one day.