COMPETITIONS

The results are in for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and it looks like my dreams of standing with the hummingbirds in Seattle will have to wait a while. Three men have taken out the honours with interesting looking titles. The winner is decided by readers, so read their excerpts and cast your vote. I’m thrilled to have made it to the semifinals and on the strength of the feedback I received, will be fishing for a North American agent and a publisher there, as well as in Australia too of course.

In other news, the QWC/ Hachette Programme is once again open for submissions. I won a spot in their 2008 Bribie Island manuscript development retreat and had a wonderful time, and learnt a lot. It’s really worth a go. Favel Parrett, Past the Shallows, Phillipa Fioretti Book of Love and Fragments of Dreams, and Chris Currie, The Ottoman Motel, were all in my group and have gone on to publishing successes. Who knows? The next one could be you! The rest of us are still out there trying, and we’re getting closer all the time.

THRILL SEEKERS!

cover of Thrill Seekers

Thrill Seekers

 YES! After a wait of over three years, Thrill Seekers is finally on its way. It’s wending its way to India for printing, expected here in Australia in late July or August. I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. After all this time I’ll be swinging from the rooftops when my carton of books is delivered. Stay tuned for more info about a launch and free preview copies.

I’m busy marking student stories at the moment but will back with a vengeance soon. I plan to do a series of interviews with wonderful writer friends, including Favel Parret, Chris Currie, Phillipa Fioretti, Katherine Howell, Antonia Baynard, Victor Marsh, Michelle Dicinoski and my best writing buddy, talented memoirist, Helena Pastor (check out her new blog for helpful advice). I’ll be asking about their writing process, how they do what they do, and asking for hints and tips.

Happy writing everyone.