When I give a creative writing workshop, I’ll sometimes break the word imagination into three: I for the self; MAGI being an archaic term for a magician, wise man, or sorcerer; and NATION representing a country or terrain. Put together and we might consider that each of us contains a kind of inner magician able…

Why do you write? For me, writing is as much about self-exploration as it is about giving readers a story they might engage with. Much of my drive to write comes from having a visceral response to certain issues, whether that response is anger, frustration, joy or sadness. In the case of my novel Grace’s…

The first impressions that would become my story began on the road. I had always intended to try to write a novel on the road; I had even started one once, so abandoned now that I can’t even remember what it was. As I crossed the Nullarbor Plain, the great desert that stretches across Australia’s…

Why do you write?  I write because it is impossible not to.  At some points in my life I have painted instead of writing but if I don’t have an outlet for creativity I go a bit crazy. I know writing also drives me nuts but not writing makes it worse. How did you come…

Anything done well looks easy. This includes author portraits. You’ve no doubt seen ones you like and while they might appear easy to replicate, looks can be deceiving. How many times have you wondered why your cake looks different to the one in the cookbook? I’ve taken many portraits during my 25+ year career as…

Why do you write?  God the first time I was asked this, my mind went blank – I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, so I rarely question it. But I guess I love stories in all their forms – feature articles, plays, TV shows, novels, journalism, films – so I guess it’d make…

I remember approaching a writer of a game I love, Bioshock, and asking him: how do I write for games? He said, ‘Be a writer. Write a lot of things.’ The simplicity of the advice shocked my younger self: become a storyteller, regardless of the medium, with a body of work. While I can’t profess…

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