Some people ask me why I write. I have to answer, that its because it is calming. Writing words are inspiring to me, each word, each phrase, each sentence, is something that needs thought. It's not about just putting words on paper, it's about sopping your mind from all the chatter that goes on in every day life and really concentrating on what each word is about. Is it the right word? Is it in the right place? Will it portray the meaning I am trying to convey when readers se
I am lucky enough to have a beautiful friend in Karen Hendriks who creates the most amazing stories for children. I often sit with her as she reads me her latest idea and we discuss them, so I decided to change places and interview her. Here's her responses. 1. What brought you to writing children's stories?
I come from a working class background so I had absolutely no concept that you could be a writer. When you were old enough you went to work. Writing was just something yo
I am lucky enough to have a role these days where I can work wherever I am. It means I can travel and just hook into the internet when I need to work. However it wasn't always like this. I was in a job where I worked long hours and travelled two hours each way to get to my work. Then, when I came home, I often hooked in to read my emails so I could stay on top of them each day. The GFC hit in 2008 and I was retrenched at 52. I lost my dignity, my job, friends and well, it was
We have been travelling in our van now for about six years. Much of the work from Seven Signs was as a result of this travel. It has taken us to amazing sites and locations and though I was reluctant, found that the colours of the outback were some of the most amazing I had seen. The poem Eve wrote about the kangaroos was one that I wrote as we travelled outback NSW. Almost every metre was a dead kangaroo and often their poor joey who had been slaughtered by the side of the r