I’ll be appearing at Sculpture in the Gaol, South West Rocks, August 7. There’s fabulous sculpture installations, local artists, music, food and drink. I’ll be giving some talks on fascinating internees and other stories about the gaol, as well as my writer’s journey for my Trial Bay series. Print books will be for sale. If you’re … More Sculpture in the Gaol, South West Rocks
I haven’t posted here for ages as there’s been just too much happening in my life!! I plan to do more regular posts to update you about what I’ve been up to, as well as post photos. Here is a taste of what I’ve been up to: 1. Author-in-Residence at MacKillop Catholic College, Warnervale, during … More It’s Been Too Long…but I’ve got some good excuses!
Today, Australia Day January 26, 2016, would have been my Dad’s 85th birthday. He passed away nine months ago, and he is missed a great deal by us all. It’s hardest for Mum ~ they would have been married sixty years last October. Above: Frank and Judy Byer’s wedding October 21, 1955 Dad was a … More Frank G. Byer ~ a tribute
Photographer Janie Barrett, SMH http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-new-years-eve-celebrations-kick-off-with-welcome-to-country-and-family-fireworks-20151231-glxlkl.html It’s New Year’s Day and this isn’t a post about New Year resolutions…sigh of relief. I want to take a moment to reflect on becoming an author over these last three years, and practise an attitude of gratitude. I had a dream (yes, thank you Martin Luther King, you had an even … More How having a dream can help you live a better life
Okay, so getting teens and younger ones to read can be like pulling teeth. Especially with social media demands and temptations, like Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and apps on their iPhone or other devices. Here are some ideas, with thanks to The Guardian. 1. Have a parent who loves reading. With Mum and/ or Dad … More Five ways to get young people reading
The Lost Journal What happens when you find your old journal, and in it is jotted the bones of a story? What happens if that story has been rattling around in your head for fourteen years? What happens if you’ve always wanted to write, and now finally you have time to pursue this dream? … More The Lost Journal
I’ve been a little quiet recently because, amongst other things, I’ve been busily writing the prequel to Collision. I’ll write more about this soon, but it’s flowing out nicely…don’t want to jinx myself! Each Friday I go to our Writers’ group (we’re down to three with Tima Maria Lacoba and Erna at the moment, but … More Just keep writing, as Dory says…
In Australia, of our approximate twenty five million inhabitants, the vast majority of us hug the coast, mainly the east coast. We’re an island, after all, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of kilometres of coastline. There’s far fewer of us in the remote centre or the dusty outback. We love water in any form ~ … More Beach…water, surf, sun. What’s not to like?
So, here’s the thing…I’m drawn to mysteries, where things have happened in the past, and these events and decisions affect the present. I’m drawn to stories where there are secrets and misunderstandings. Certain characters struggle with decisions about when and how to reveal these secrets, and this has consequences for others, who perhaps are unaware … More Mystery…or, what’s gonna happen next?
A man is chasing her. She’s out in the sticks, up the coast. It’s a rainy, dark night. She crouches, terrified. My main character, Stella, is a runaway from Newcastle, NSW. She thinks she knows how to look after herself, but before too long she’s in a frightening situation. Red-hot angry, she ran from home. … More Keep running