Category Archives: Writing

I love books

My two-and-a-half year old and I recently had a conversation that went as follows: ME: You know, Mummy loves Tasha and Mummy loves Daddy. And Daddy loves Tasha and Daddy loves Mummy. What does Tasha love? TASHA: Tasha loves books. Not … Continue reading

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For love not money

At the risk of being gauche, here is a photo of my first ever royalty cheque. It’s two years since Behind the Night Bazaar was published and this is the first time I’ve gone into the black with my publisher, … Continue reading

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Crime and Justice Festival Program

The Crime and Justice festival program was released yesterday and to my surprise, I am appearing on three panels. All sessions are in a space called ‘The Refectory’ (which sounds ecclesiastical): Saturday 19 July, 10am – A First Offence: Crime and … Continue reading

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On location

Writing crime fiction set in Thailand presents a conundrum. I want to showcase the beauty and culture of the country and its people. But writing about crime means exploring the underbelly of the place, the seedier side that only makes … Continue reading

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Milestone #1

Last week I finished the first draft of my next novel in the Jayne Keeney series. I have no idea how good it is – no one else has seen it yet – and it still needs lots of work. … Continue reading

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Davitt winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Davitt awards Karen Kissane (Best True Crime & Readers’ Choice) for Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage, Sydney Bauer (Best Adult Crime) for Undertow, Jaclyn Moriarty (Best Young Adult Crime) for The … Continue reading

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Ned Kelly Awards 2007

I made the short list! Behind the Night Bazaar is short-listed for a Crime Writers Association of Australia Ned Kelly Award in the ‘Fiction Best First’ category. I don’t expect to win – my money’s on my friend and Text … Continue reading

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Writer in Residence

Over the past week, I was Writer in Residence at MLC, a girls’ school in Kew. It sounded like such a glamorous prospect: being given an office in an imposing building, where I would work on my next prize-winning novel … Continue reading

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I’d like to thank…

In her article ‘Last but not least‘ in the A2 section of The Age, Caroline Baum accuses novelists who say thank you at the end of their novels guilty of: false modesty; being excessive in their confession(s) and/or public displays … Continue reading

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Love vs. art (or All you need is time)

Today I spoke to a group of around 200 VCE students at the Methodist Ladies College (MLC) as part of preparing them (and me) to be their Writer in Residence for a week next month. In addition to my standard … Continue reading

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