HarperCollins annual author day and #BooksCreate

23 September 2016 / Leave a Comment

Yesterday I went along to the annual HarperCollins author day. We had an update from CEO James Kellow on the state of the Australian publishing industry and the latest developments in the parallel importation of books debate in Australia. It's worrying times for local publishing and important that we all get behind the #BooksCreate campaign to support Australian writers, people working in the industry and the future of Australian stories. Follow the campaign: http://bookscreateaustralia.com.au/ and sign the petition to save Australian literature and stop parallel importation of books: https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-save-australian-literature-stop-parallel-importation-of-books

We were also lucky enough to hear from Natasha Boyd of Book Bonding and Mark Rubbo, founder of Readings, about the importance of the author-bookseller relationship.

Image: with CEO of HarperCollins Australia James Kellow, author Spiri Tsintziras and Natasha Boyd from Book Bonding Independent Bookstore
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Win a copy of The Replacement Wife! #AmazonGiveaway

31 May 2016 / Leave a Comment

Enter the #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win a digital copy of my contemporary romance novel published by HarperCollins Australia - The Replacement Wife.

Luisa has met the love of her life ... now she just needs to figure out what to do with her husband.

Luisa has fallen madly in love with sculptor Jarvis, so she comes up with a plan to find a new wife for her husband Luke so she can exit stage left. She wants to screen potential stepmothers for her 8-year-old son Max and has strict criteria: the woman must be a single mother; have no more than two children; she can't be authoritarian; she must be creative, nurturing and not much prettier than Luisa.

After a few carefully orchestrated meetings with different women that fail to raise a spark, Luke finally connects with a potential replacement wife. However, Luisa isn't prepared for the fact that Luke's interest in the other woman makes him a better man and a more attractive husband. After suffering for years in a half-dead marriage, Luisa starts to remember what it was about Luke that she originally fell in love with. But is it too late?

3 copies to giveaway! Enter here (US residents only) by 14 June 2016: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a91c30e63b3ed440
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April #bookphotochallenge

18 April 2016 / Leave a Comment

This month I'm doing the ‪#‎AmpersandApril16‬ ‪#‎bookphotochallenge‬ thanks to https://commasandampersandsblog.wordpress.com. I'm having lots of fun styling some shots with my 8 year old daughter ... here's one she came up with for day 17. A-B-C. Follow along: https://www.instagram.com/outaprintwriter/

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Emerging from the new novel fog

6 April 2016 / Leave a Comment


I've been absent from the blogosphere for a long while! Back in November, in an All in the mind program, neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin said that technological multi-tasking increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol, can overstimulate our brain and cause mental exhaustion. I was suffering from digital fatigue. Two months into writing a new novel, I decided to cut out all the extraneous technological activity. I thought it was going to be hard, I thought I was going to miss Twitter and Instagram and Facebook and Wattpad, that I'd pine for validations from strangers on social media, that I'd feel like a non-entity without publishing a post on my blog. But it's been 5 months since I decided to live more like a 19th century writer and it's been bliss! (Read my original blog post here ...)

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Colm Herron on troubled writers

2 December 2015 / Leave a Comment


Colm Herron is the author of four novels and numerous essays and articles. He hails from Derry, Northern Ireland, and his newest novel The Wake was released in November this year. In this guest post, Colm reflects on writers such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Plath and Lawrence and asks the question does a troubled mind make better writing?

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10 ways to live more like a 19th century writer

11 November 2015 / Leave a Comment
head mirror brain


Technology is changing our brains. Our attention spans are shrinking and we find it hard to concentrate on one task at a time. Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin says that technological multi-tasking increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, it can overstimulate our brain, cause mental exhaustion and poor decision making.

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Bequest - free on Kindle until Tuesday!

2 November 2015 / Leave a Comment

My novelette Bequest is free on Kindle until Tuesday! Leonard wants to bequeath his tattooed skin to the National Gallery. He has been almost completely inked by one of Australia's best contemporary artists, but he is a canvas that nobody wants ... 


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BooktoberFest photo challenge on Instagram

31 October 2015 / Leave a Comment
Instagram books writing photo challenge

I did it! 31 days, 31 photos for #BooktoberFest. A massive thank you to Jenny Bravo @blotsandplots for organising the photo challenge on Instagram for readers and writers. She came up with some creative and challenging prompts for us, such as pastel books, books + animal, indie books, make a book rainbow and many, many more. It was fascinating seeing how people interpreted the prompts differently.

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Win a copy of The Replacement Wife! 3 ibooks vouchers to giveaway!

21 October 2015 / Leave a Comment

Three ibooks vouchers for my new novel The Replacement Wife are up for grabs! Enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win a digital copy of my contemporary romance novel published as an ebook by HarperCollins Australia. Complete the giveaway by visiting my author page on Facebook or sending a tweet. Ends 24/10/15.

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Takatsu Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams Kickstarter campaign

19 October 2015 / Leave a Comment

of forests and clocks and dreams



Takatsu, the pioneer of the English cell phone novel and a trailblazer in transmedia storytelling, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his collection of literary short stories, poetry, essays and experimental art, photography and design. His goal of $700 has already been achieved in a week and will fund the print run and marketing for Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams and help to start a new project called Inspiritus Press. However, any funds received over this will allow for a larger print run and the possibility of hardcover editions. 

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