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Real life heroines inspired my clandestinos
Hi y’all. I read a blog thread the other day with suggestions for new authors. I found half a dozen that looked worth a try, so why don’t we do it here? We all like the same sorts of books, let’s share our favourites. I’m hoping it will become a resource that we can come […]
Love in the time of COVID
It’s no secret that my Guerrilla books are heavily influenced by the actual events and characters of the Cuban Civil War. But I didn’t find the heroes where I expected. I set out expecting to write a book featuring a super-cool clone of Che Guevarra — the iconic Guerrillero Heroica on every cool guy’s 1960s […]
Brașov Orphan Girls School of Gothic Arts
If you don’t believe me, take it from a writer who’s sold a book or two. I hate to say I told you so, but as predicted in my blog last year, COVID has created a vortex in the line of literary time. This is hardly a tragedy — people are dying in horrific […]
Cartwheel cricket and the rise of women’s sport
I’m on the verge of a literary breakthrough. I’ve gained dozens of loyal fans. I shouldn’t brag, I know, but there are so many of them all of a sudden. They flood my blog posts with flattering comments. Most are from the Brașov Orphan Girls School of Gothic Arts. It began with Melisande: Hey There. […]
Lamé can be so lame
Cartwheel cricket is a thing. It’s going to be huge. A grassroots movement created and driven by the greatest force in sport — women — set to revolutionise an ancient game. I will be the first to write about it. Let me explain. I love sport. Football ruled my life as a kid. I played […]
🧐 Lamé without the é would be lame. So lame. 🧐 🧐 Brûlée shorn of those frills on the vowels would be brulee. Who’d want to eat that? It sounds like something they fed Oliver Twist in the foundling home. 🧐 See? I can do accents. Players in both Meet Me at the Hanging Tree and The First Guerrilla […]
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What’s in a (place) name?
I have an opinion on everything. Just ask me, I love to share my wisdom, pontificate, lecture, tell you where you’re going wrong. I am a member of half a dozen survey panels for august organisations with unblemished reputations, also a major bank. I’m getting hammered with surveys at the moment. Most of these are […]
Feed the dolphins, anyone?
Help me out here, friends. Which is better: – A story set in a real place, where the author bends the local truth a little, or – A made up setting you sort of recognise? I get the appeal of a story that mentions places you recognise. One of my friends (Hi, Nyrie!) had the […]
It’s winter in Perth, so it’s cold by our spoiled standards, but the weather’s lovely up north at this time of year. So, when the West Australian government lifted the state’s internal COVID lockdown borders this month, we made a pilgrimage to the insanely beautiful places Val and Stella visited in Meet Me at the […]