Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

What makes an interesting female character? How do writers create a character who is relatable, but also unique and memorable? How do writers create a book that readers will pass on to their friends and will feature in every bookclub across the country? I’ve recently read three adult books about three different female protagonists by… Continue reading Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

Carole Poustie – author interview

I met author Carole Poustie at a meet-up for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It was my first time there, and I didn’t know anyone. Carole very kindly chatted to me and introduced me to other writers and illustrators. Her second middle-grade book, In the dark, has just been released. It follows… Continue reading Carole Poustie – author interview

Singing my sister down and other stories by Margo Lanagan – book review

I had goosebumps when I read Margo Lanagan’s short story, ‘Singing my sister down’. It’s a combination of her evocative language, believable worlds and her unique characters and the situations they find themselves in. This story is also the title of her collection of fantasy short stories, some of them written almost twenty years ago. If you’re… Continue reading Singing my sister down and other stories by Margo Lanagan – book review

Interview – author Natasha Lester

I read Natasha Lester’s latest book, A kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, over two nights and sneaked in half a chapter here and there. Evie is a fascinating character in her own right, but when you add her culture – 1920s New York, medical school and the Ziegfeld Follies – you add another layer to her… Continue reading Interview – author Natasha Lester

98 and counting …

This year I have kept a tally of the books I have read. With three days to go until the end of the year, I am up to number 98, and I have every intention of reading my way to 100 books by midnight 2015. Silly isn’t it, to think that 100 books is somewhat… Continue reading 98 and counting …

Sad, the dog – a video book review

The Little Bookroom in Carlton is one of those wonderful places that I could stay in all day. It’s cosy and inviting, and filled with children’s books. In the last school holidays, I took Mr 6 there for a story and drawing session with Tull Suwannakit. Tull is the illustrator of Sad, the Dog, written… Continue reading Sad, the dog – a video book review

Podcast listening

As well as all the words I’m writing and reading, I’m also enjoying listening to words as well. I don’t think I could possibly iron a school shirt without listening to something! Sometimes ironing can feel like a guilty pleasure because I close the door in my tiny laundry and listen to a podcast. I… Continue reading Podcast listening

Allison Tait – author interview

Today I am excited to bring you my first author interview – with Allison Tait! Allison is a freelance writer, one half of the Australian Writers Centre podcast with Valerie Khoo, and the writer of The Mapmaker Chronicles – a trilogy for children. Her third book in this series, Breath of the Dragon, was released… Continue reading Allison Tait – author interview