Thrill Seekers

Thrill Seekers

Yes, I know I’m being greedy having two launches but I liked the first one so much I thought I’d do it again, this time in Sydney.

So, if you’re down south, put Tuesday the 3rd July in your diary. I’d love to see you.  The wonderful people at  Better Read than Dead in Newtown are hosting the event. I really appreciate their support. Independent booksellers are some of the best people in the world.

I am really excited that the fabulous Julianne Schultz, editor of Griffith REVIEW, one of Australia’s most respected literary journals, will be doing the official launching this time.

In 2008 I won the Griffith REVIEW award for most promising new writer which was a much-needed boost to my fragile writerly esteem and kept me going.  They’ve published a few of my pieces, most of which were culled from earlier versions of Thrill Seekers. “The Raft”, a chapter from Thrill Seekers, “State of Emergency”, “The Heaviness of Keys” and “Busted” (0ne of my favourites!).

In my early twenties I lived in Sydney. First in Kings Cross in my wildest days, and then later in Surry Hills while I was teaching at Minda Juvenile Justice Centre where I heard some of the stories that have fed into Thrill Seekers. I’m excited about sharing this launch with my old friends who still live there and those who are coming from further afield to reconnect and celebrate.

It should be lots of fun! See you there!


boys on a raft

the raft by Jonathan Bentley


This is the illustration that accompanied the excerpt of my story, “The Raft”, itself an excerpt from my forthcoming novella Thrill Seekers. It appeared in THE COURIER MAIL in early January this year.

It was drawn by the talented Jonathan Bentley. Keep an eye out for his work. I love this drawing and now have it printed out and hanging on my wall near my desk because it captures perfectly the image I had in my head while I was writing. You know your writing is working well when an artist reads your work and comes up with an image so close to the one you envisioned. Thank you Jonathan!

You can read the whole story online at

Thanks Griffith REVIEW!

Almost at the halfway mark with the novel now. Surprised myself by doing a new personal best word count today 3 233 words! YIPPEE! The story’s getting so exciting I don’t want to stop writing, even when I know I have to pick up the kids.

Hope you all had good writing days too.

Keep writing!