I’m thrilled to announce that the fabulous team at Affirm Press are publishing my debut novel The Near Daphne Experience to be released on the 28th of June 2022! This book was so much fun to write! I fell in love with my characters and feel quite nervous about how the world will greet them. It is difficult to categorise but I’m calling The Near Daphne Experience a romcom with bite. Or maybe a thromcom, being a thriller romcom!
This book was my escape during Melbourne’s lockdowns, It was either go stir-crazy or write a book! An old idea itched at me and I chose to slip back in time to 2001 when we sipped cosmopolitans sharing straws without fear, danced to Kylie’s I can’t you out of my head and still looked for possible loves in the classified ads of newspapers. It was a joy to write for adults and unleash any murderous tendencies. I hope the readers love the book as much as I loved writing it.
It will be available at all Bookshops from the 28th of June or you can pre-order now.
I’m not sure what happened to 2020 and 2021! Like the rest of the world they’re lost in a daze of lock downs, anxiety, masks, and restrictions and then just when the end appears in sight another variant arrives!
I’ve really missed getting out and about to share my love of writing and stories with readers young and old and just meeting people in real life. We had so much fun promoting The Day Rudolph’s Nose Turned Blue at bookshops and festivals and do plan to be back out and about later in 2022.
I am lucky to be a writer which is a solitary profession anyway, although it feels a bit different when it is enforced solitude! I had no idea how much I usually go out! But I’ve been busy after being commissioned to write some young readers as well as a number of nonfiction titles for Engage Literacy a division of Capstone US.
It was so much fun writing these two titles. One set in space (the title is possibly a giveaway) and the other about goods and services. I’m especially pleased with that one as I think I’ve managed to make it fun and not boring. The books were released in February 2021 and are available in Australia through the usual online bookshops.
KidLitVic Meet the Publishers also took up a great deal of time. I ran a mini KidLitVic in 2020, and 2021 we ran the full conference on line. Huge thanks to Sarah Reynolds, Nicky Johnston, Coral Vass, Julie Grasso and the volunteers. And the wonderful, generous publishers. So many zoom sessions with the potential to go wrong, but everything ran amazingly smoothly. Of course my internet connection decided to keep dropping out in the very final session, but nobody knew except me frantically pushing buttons.
The lockdowns also gave me the time and impetus to tackle a project of mine that has been sitting on the back burner/ lying in the bottom drawer/dwelling in the depths of my computer. Finally, I finished and polished it. I don’t want to give too much away at the moment but there will be some exciting announcements in the next few months. Sometimes good things really do happen in the publishing world.
Wishing everybody out there a wonderful, healthy 2022!
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Thank you to the hard working organisers and volunteers who made me feel so welcome at this year’s festival. It was a beautiful setting and the area is full of very talented budding writers. If you are up that way make sure you visit the very special local bookshop Sandy Pages.
A big thank you to the enthusiastic staff at Collins Booksellers Sunbury who made me feel so welcome on Saturday. I had a great time visiting your lovely shop, meeting your fabulous customers and Spot!