BACK when I was just a no-name kid from a patch of sand in Queensland, I had big dreams of making it as a writer. I wanted to be the kind of author who inspired other aspiring writers to create something meaningful. Penning stories about overcoming adversity, nature versus humans, and (of course, because I was…

Writing a book is hard – mentally, emotionally, physically. It means digging in and sticking at it until you get to the final line of that story. For most of us, it’s more a marathon than a sprint. And now you’ve finished! Hooray for you! Stop. Look around. Celebrate (champagne never goes out of style)….

I’ve been told (often) how lucky I am to get my debut novel, Frankie, published. And I am. Very lucky. The chances of having the right story at the right time read by the right editor in the right publishing house are astronomical. But in reality, luck plays a fleeting cameo in the drama that…

Why is it that some writers need a series to tell a story while others take only a single volume? How do you know how many books it will take to tell your story? The answer is different for every writer, but for me, the key to writing a series is understanding why it needs…

In New York recently I visited a bookstore with a Book Expresso machine that would print a book while you waited – either your own or one downloaded from the internet. Like a literary Tardis, this ingenious machine sat beside the store’s café so you could enjoy a coffee while it spat out your customised…

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