On getting fan mail from trolls

And yes I’m going to call it fan mail, because I’m gonna turn them trolls on their heads, and that’s alright with me.  OK, I wouldn’t necessarily call them trolls, but people who have nothing better to do in their lives but waste 10 minutes typing a poorly worded message (and for heavens sake it’s…

Are you a ‘writer in the closet’?

You’re watching your friend closely as surprise flirts across their features, the expression sinking into their eyes and the lines around their mouth. ‘You’re writing a book? Far out, I had no idea you were even a writer!’ You smile tentatively back, feeling naked under their blazing gaze. ‘Well you see… I’ve always been a…

Are writers born or made?

The whole ‘Are Writers Born or Made’ debate is still very much alive, and I thought I’d have a go at unwrapping this onion from the perspective of a writer who believes they are very much not “naturally talented” at writing. I’m not saying this to be humble or self-depreciating – I really wasn’t very proficient…

What is it like writing a dark psychological thriller?

For years now I’ve been almost exclusively writing YA fantasy in all its various forms – paranormal, dystopian, urban, speculative, and even a bit of science fiction (but that was a mistake, a very big mistake) – all revolving around a central, incredibly clichéd angsty romance.  But for the last few months I’ve been writing a contemporary…

What are the odds of getting published?

How many times have you plugged the question: ‘What are the odds of getting published?’ into google? Me – an innumerable amount. There is nothing more mesmeric than seeing that ‘magic’ number of new authors who manage to score a publishing deal or literary agent in any given year. And nothing gives more of a thrill of…

Finding a literary agent in Australia

It is a woeful tale, known the world over by every budding author out there who has ever experienced the pain of rejection, yet still retains some semblance of hope. There are thousands, if not millions of us out there who have already tasted that soul-destroying sting, yet still hunt down literary agents regardless, with…

The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article

It ignites terror in every blogger world-wide. That moment when you accidentally hit Publish instead of Save Draft or when you schedule an unedited blog post for the distant future, only to completely forget about it. SPOILER ALERT for any of you living under a pebble who have yet to watch Game of Thrones season 1, 2, 3,…