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Attack for posting a scene led to devastation and then a new realization

I recently wrote a guest post for Book Reviews by DDS about how I got over being attacked online for posting a scene from my novel Carnival of Hope. Check it out here: Attack for posting a scene lead to … Continue reading

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How long are you prepared to wait for your favourite authors’ next book?

Do you want your favourite author to take as long as necessary to write their next blockbuster? Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison famously can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years to deliver a novel, and it tells in … Continue reading

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What is the right balance between the setting/atmosphere of a novel and the dramatic elements?

In “Writing Fiction”, Janet Burroway speaks of a scene as being like an oyster. The atmosphere and setting of the scene makes up the meat of the oyster, and the dramatic elements make up the pearl. As any pearl diver … Continue reading

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Thank you for supporting the recent promotion of Secrets From The Dust

Thank you for supporting the recent promotion of my novel, Secrets From The Dust, which saw it rise to #36 Free in Kindle Store, #1 Literary Fiction and #2 Drama. I hope the readers who downloaded the book will enjoy … Continue reading

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Author Interview at Confessions of a Reader

I am interested in peoples struggles, be they for freedom, inclusion or to be loved. I also like to travel, when possible, and learn about different cultures. This has led to incidents from around the world generating ideas for my … Continue reading

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Author’s research: Secrets From The Dust – Australian Aboriginal Civil Rights Movement

In this next post from my series about how the research for Secrets From The Dust relates to the novel, I look at the Australian Aboriginal civil rights movement, followed by a short scene from the novel which illustrates their … Continue reading

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What is the vibrant and colourful event of carnival all about?

The Brazilian 2012 Carnival officially kicked off in Rio on Friday 17th February (festivities started the previous day in places like Salvador de Bahia), and will run for five days. Carnival provides one of the main turning points in my … Continue reading

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How soon should an author change the genre of their novels?

I am deciding on which novel to work on next, and one of the choices involves a shift in genres, so I would like your help on making the decision as to what is an appropriate time to shift genres. … Continue reading

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Author’s research: Secrets From The Dust – The loneliness of the outback for European women

In the third of a series of posts about how the research for Secrets From The Dust relates to the novel, I look at the loneliness of life in the outback for European women, followed by two short scenes that … Continue reading

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Review of Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth 4/5*

I love novels that help me to experience a new culture, and the Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck took me on a thoroughly entertaining journey through early 20th-c China. We follow the lives of the hardworking but poor farmer … Continue reading

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