Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 2: Strange The Dreamer

In this episode we talk about Strange The Dreamer, a fantasy novel from Laini Taylor, and letting your characters have their say.

Links from this episode:
Subscribe to The Book Stash on iTunes and Stitcher

Wrote a story from our writing prompt? Share you story in the comments below:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 1: Frankenstein's Monster, Mary Shelley

I've just launched my podcast The Book Stash, with Steve de Niese.

In this first episode I talk about Frankenstein's Monster, introduce writing prompts and give you an update on Book 2 of the Rachaya Series.

Links from this episode:

My novel Fyrebyrne Island, Book 1 of the Rachaya series available at most online retailers as both paperback and e-book. to The Book Stash on iTunes and Stitcher
Wrote a story from our writing prompt? Share you story in the comments below:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Lost City, Book 2 of the Rachaya series

The first round of edits have been completed for Book 2 of the Rachaya series. To celebrate I would like to share the cover and blurb with you all. The Lost City is well on track to be presented at Melbourne Supanova in April.

The Lost City, Book 2 of the Rachaya Series

ISBN: 9780987445018

"You play a dangerous game, dragon, you and all your friends. I will not forget that you have spurned my advice and refused to meet with me in parley. You will come to rue this day, of that I can be certain."

Rachaya is well on her way to becoming a fully-fledged dragon and she is determined that when the time comes, she will also be a queen that her people can be proud of. But when dangerous secrets surface from the past, Rachaya realises she is running out of time to help her people return to the fierce, powerful and proud dragons that they once were.

Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 Draws to a Close

I would like to thank all of you for your support in 2017. To everyone who has bought Fyrebyrne Island - you are legends and you make this little writer smile!

The new year holds even more excitement for me. Book 2 of the Rachaya Series - The Lost City, is with my editor and will be going through several rounds of edits at the beginning of the year. I have booked a table at Melbourne Supanova in April, and I am working away on the first draft of Book 3 of the Rachaya Series. There may or may not even be a podcast in the making ;) I am exhausted just thinking about it.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Frightfall Wrap-Up

I was so very excited to participate in FrightFall this year (hosted by Seasons of Reading). You had to read at least one horror/thriller over the month of October. This is a genre I don't read very often so I was looking forward to challenging myself.

I started the month off strong, finishing Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley in no time.

My next read was Ghostly, a collection of spooky short stories compiled by Audrey Niffenegger. I had actually read quite a few of these stories before, as they were in my much-read copy of Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories. Even so, I didn't finish this compilation :(

Instead, I binge-read Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor. I had some personal stuff go on in my life, and had been brought quite low (okay I'm being quite vague - I had to get one of my beloved pets put down and I'm still struggling with it). I needed something beautiful and meandering to take my mind off real life, and couldn't face any more horror/scary things.

I then capped the month off with reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. This series is about Angels and Demons, so I felt is was still in theme.

I hope the other FrightFallers had a great month of reading!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Where Do You Get Your Inspiration From?

I was very excited to discover that Netflix have produced a remake of the British children's TV show, 'The Worst Witch'. I absolutely loved this show as a child and it was the inspiration behind the first 'novel' that I ever wrote.

The Worst Witch is set in an all-girls academy in Britain. I wrote about a co-ed school in Australia. I tried to make the story *mine* as much as I possibly could, but in all honesty, 12 year-old me didn't really know what that meant and my story was more or less a carbon-copy of the TV show. I was outraged when, at age 13, I read Harry Potter for the first time. I felt like J.K.Rowling had ripped off' my idea for writing about a co-educational magic school. I even drafted a letter to her telling her about my story and, although I loved The Philosopher's Stone, surely she could sympathise with me that she had beaten me to publication with her story simply because she was an adult and I was a child?

Ah, children are so funny.

Anyway, ever since I saw The Worst Witch I have had a fascination with magic. If magic were real, where would you learn the craft? Would your parents teach you, or would you go to school? Would you hide from the non-magical world, or would you simply be a sub-sect of the greater community?

These were questions that I pondered for years, and since falling in love with the story of Mildred Hubble at the tender age of 11 or 12, I have researched and read anything I could get my hands on about the history behind magic. It is no accident that my own book series, The Rachaya Series, is set in a magical school of sorts.

Every step I have taken in writing has seemed like a natural progression of random events, and yet I can trace that first passion that sparked the burning inferno that is now my job back to a rather corny TV show.

What was the inspiration behind your journey as a writer? Can you even remember?

And yes, I did binge watch 9 of the 12 episodes of The Worst Witch in one sitting last night. Why do you ask?

P.S. I have all of the above-mentioned animals as pets. Dare to dream!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fyrebyrne Island - Now an Ebook

For all of you tech-savvy readers out there, Fyrebyrne Island is now available in ebook form on Amazon.

Amazon Australia
Amazon UK
Amazon US

On another note, Book 2 of the Rachaya Series, "The Lost City" is now with my wonderful editor. I believe she will begin work on it at the end of this month. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed the process of writing it.

Once again, I wanted to thank everyone who has purchased Fyrebyrne Island and taken the time to leave a thoughtful review. You make this little author very happy :)