An essential component of any story, long or short, is the dialogue. Dialogue is very important because it’s the chance for our characters to speak. They speak to each other, to the reader, to their deities, enemies, loved ones, friends, the strangers who wander across the landscape of the tale and leave important details behind…

Going it alone without a publisher, agent or editor is the way a person who doesn’t know anything about the publishing industry finds herself travelling. When an idea forms during one of those 2am wide-awakes, it might never occur to someone who finds the idea interesting enough to write down that they (a) might be…

Can you tell us a little bit about Elvis? Had you had any other animal companions previously? I’ve had many pets – tortoises, guinea pigs, budgies, stick insects, hens, cats, ducks, fish, dogs and a goat. But never a horse until I encountered Elvis, in a terrible condition, on a hillbilly farm in Green Pidgeon…

In 1989, the year after World Expo, South Brisbane was a wasteland. As a member of the steering committee trying to set up a writers centre, I spent many weekends driving around the deserted back streets. My targets were the former Expo admin buildings – one of which I hoped might make a suitable home…

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