Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 20: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

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This time around we're talking about Ash's all-time favorite book, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. We also talk about representation in writing and striking the balance with "show, don't tell".

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 19: The Trip of a Lifetime, Monica McInerney


Ash has been listening to the audio book for The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney. We talk about creating realistic characters, the lyricism of dialogue in audio books and finding the right pace for your story.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 18: Dragonflight, The first Chronicle of Pern, By Anne McCaffrey

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Ash has been reading the classic fantasy book Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, which leads us down a path of tips for crafting believable magic systems. We explore tips from Brandon Sanderson's First Law in how to approach magic when creating your worlds.

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    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    First Tuesday Book Club, hosted by Dymocks Camberwell

    Last night I had the honour of speaking at Dymocks Camberwell's First Tuesday Book Club. It was such a fantastic event, with just over 50 attendees. The audience were fantastic and listened to me with respect (and they even laughed in all the right places!).  I spoke about my intentions behind writing The Rachaya Series, how I came to be a writer in the first place, and the many exciting experiences I have had since the publication of Fyrebyrne Island in April last year. For anyone who missed out on attending, Dymocks Camberwell have signed copies of Fyrebyrne Island and The Lost City, as well as books from the other authors who were there last night.



    I also got to meet four other wonderful authors and was able to learn a lot from them about writing, publishing and public speaking.

    Katherine Collette's debut novel, The Helpline, was published by Text Publishing in September this year. Katherine has been very busy with television appearances and author talks all over the country. She also records a podcast, called The First Time Podcast, about being a first-time author along with writer Kate Mildenhall. Katherine was a great speaker to listen to and an all-round lovely person.


    Alice Nelson wove her lengthy experience working with refugees in Harlem into her novel, The Children's House, published by Penguin Publishing on October 1st 2018. Alice spoke with compassion about the people she has met over the years and her inspiration behind writing such a heart-wrenching novel. 


    Liz Porter has drawn on her experience as a journalist to write Cold Case Files, published by Pan Macmillan, and Crime Scene Asia, published by Big Sky Publsihing - books about past crimes that were solved with forensic science. She had the audience laughing with tales of really stupid criminals, and had a lot of anecdotes to share.


    Maryrose Cuskelly, a True Crime author, talked about her new release by publisher Allen&Unwin, Wedderburn, based on the true story of a murder in a small country town and the court case that ensued. Maryrose raised the important consideration that we all have a darkness within us that can make us do terrible things. Her talk was thought-provoking with many interesting anecdotes.


    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Books to Read Before You Die

    Steve and I mentioned a list of books during Episode 17 of The Book Stash (1984 by George Orwell) that I have been working through to ensure I read widely and don't fall into a reading rut. This is the list I found online years and years ago and I thought I would share with you all. My only wish is that there were more female writers on this list.

    Note: This is not my own list. I cannot find the original source. If anyone knows where it came from please let me know in the comments so I can give credit where credit is due.

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig
    Watership Down, by Richard Adams
    The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
    A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
    Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl
    The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
    Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
    Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street, by Herman Melville
    Maus: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman
    For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemmingway
    Kafka of the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
    The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
    How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
    Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    The Stranger, by Albert Camus
    Dune, by Frank Herbert
    The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
    Anne of Green Gables, by L.M.Montgomery
    Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
    The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Animal Farm, by George Orwell
    All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
    The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
    Catch 22, by Joseph Heller
    Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
    Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
    1984, by George Orwell

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    The Book Stash - Episode 17: Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

    https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-book-stash/id1346595335


    We're spending some time in George Orwell's dystopian vision of the future, Nineteen Eighty-Four. We also talk about reading broadly and Ash takes you through her must-have essentials currently on her writing desk.

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    Friday, September 7, 2018

    Event Announcement - Dymocks Camberwell First Tuesday Book Club

    I am so excited to announce that I will be a guest author at Dymocks Camberwell's First Tuesday Book Club on October 2nd. It should be such a fantastic night and I can't want to have a chat with readers about reading and writing!

    There will be two other guest authors on the night - Alice Nelson, author of The Children's House and Liz Porter, author of Written on the Skin.



    Find tickets to the event here: First Tuesday Book Club

    Check out the well read people from Dymocks Camberwell here: Dymocks Camberwell