Writing is hard at the best of times. When the world is in the middle of a pandemic, it almost feels impossible.[Read more…] about It’s okay not to write
I met J.S. Breukelaar at a World Fantasy Convention a couple of years ago, and when we were introduced, I realised someone whose work I had been following for a while just happened to live in Australia, and just happened to be a woman. I had committed the cardinal sin of assuming anyone whose pen name included initials was a man. Since then, we’ve had a few more adventures together, and I’m very pleased to refer to Breukelaar as my ‘weird sister’. She’s the kind of person who gets an affectionate Macbeth reference.[Read more…] about Weird sister: Interview with J.S. Breukelaar
My new horror short story, ‘Selfie’, is out now in Aurealis Magazine. I’m stoked to be included in Australia’s top science-fiction, fantasy and horror publication.[Read more…] about Selfie – horror short story out now!
I’m almost finished my new novel and it’s the time when I approach my network of beta readers to read my book. What’s a beta reader you ask? Exactly that – someone who reads your work before publication to provide feedback, flag anything that’s not working and encourage you in your writing.[Read more…] about Want to make your book better? Get beta readers
There’s a little voice in every writer’s head that pops up like a proverbial gopher, saying, ‘this is terrible, no one will want to read this.’ He usually appears when you’re mid-way through writing a huge novel, when the sentences are all starting to sound the same, when there are too many adjectives and adverbs, not enough descriptions and everything is just so… generic.[Read more…] about Turn towards discomfort. It might make you a better writer.
What do sexy lamps, refrigerators and underwear have in common?
They’re all tests for authentic female characters.[Read more…] about 11 common mistakes writing female characters