It’s in the family

September 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

August was a wonderful month in my family, as my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, David and Kylie Knight of Knight Illusions, were visiting from America. We usually only get to see them once every three years or so, and to have them in Australia for a full month was a delight. They staged three different shows while they were here and we were able to attend their first one. It’s always fun to see what new tricks they have prepared (and no, they don’t tell me how they’re done!) and they had some good ones this time. If you’re in America […]

Illnesses and interruptions

August 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to blog but I thought I’d better make time, especially now I’m getting back in the saddle, so to speak. In the middle of the celebrations for the fifth anniversary of The Heir’s release in June, I injured my hip to such an extent that I was hospitalised! Fortunately, the online marketing I’d planned was already organised, so it proceeded on its merry way while I convalesced. However, the hip problem had an unexpected snag that has proved difficult for someone who earns her living editing and tries to spend a good […]

Dedications

June 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm

In all three books I’ve released so far I’ve had a dedication page. The one in The Heir is my favourite. I dedicated it to the five friends who encouraged me to try and get it published after they’d read it back when it was just a first (or second!) draft. Without them, I might not be writing this blog right now. The Crown I dedicated to two people I used to work with who had encouraged me to start writing down my stories back in the nineties. The Reign was dedicated to my father and my husband; not unusual […]

Author events

June 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm

This week I’m talking about what is possibly the hardest thing for most authors – attending events and signings to try and sell their books. At a recent event, another author and myself were talking to a fellow author about this very thing, and she was saying how hard she found it to attend those kinds of events. Most authors are introverts and we’d much rather be in our own little worlds creating stories than going out into the real world to talk about them. Social media and internet interactions are frequently favoured over face-to-face marketing, simply because it’s less […]

Happy Mothers’ Day!

May 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

It’s Mothers’ Day today where I am, and yes, since this day celebrates lots of mothers I believe the apostrophe should be after the s! 🙂 I am mother to a beautiful young boy who’s growing up a bit too quickly for my liking. However, he’s now at the stage where he wants to buy gifts for me with his own money. This can be great if he gets me something I like, which is some of the time. I guess that’s better than none of the time. 🙂 At least my husband also gets a joint gift from both […]

Four things prospective authors should know

May 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Today I’ve been reflecting on what I expected when I first became a published author and what the reality has turned out to be. Fortunately, I think I was fairly realistic, although, as with anyone with a good imagination, I had no trouble imagining myself achieving fame and fortune because of my writing! I must confess I still do at times. So I was thinking of four things I’d tell prospective authors if they ask and I’ve come up with these: You will probably not become a famous author. You might, but there are far more of us out there […]