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…

20 October 2017 | Children's Fiction

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…

30 June 2017 | Adult Fiction, Writing, Young adult

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…

24 May 2016 | Adult Fiction

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…