Tag Archives: Author talks

The indie author dilemma: ‘What do you do with all those books?’

The rhetorical question was posed by a woman who attended my recent author talk at a council library. I was there spruiking about ‘the story behind the story’ of my latest release, The Scarlet Key, a crime mystery about death … Continue reading

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The other stolen generation: forced adoptions

Address to The Women’s College, University of Queensland by Debbie Terranova, author of Baby Farm, on 10 May 2016. When people talk about ‘the stolen generation’, they usually mean indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and raised to … Continue reading

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My Writing and Publishing Odyssey: 2015 in Review

New Year’s Eve 2015-16. What a wonderful chance to reflect on the joys, dramas, tears and achievements of this crazy obsession called writing! I thought I’d share some of the highs and lows of creative writing and of promoting my … Continue reading

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Why didn’t they want me?

After my tour of South-East Queensland libraries and bookstores this spring, I am astonished by the number of people who have been touched by forced adoptions. To this day the subject remains taboo. Some have discovered entire families – parents, … Continue reading

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‘Baby Farm’ and forced adoptions in Australia

Since beginning my tours of South East Queensland libraries, it has amazed me just how many families have been touched by adoption. At every author talk, there is plenty of discussion – and sometimes revelations – about how government policy … Continue reading

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A wee snippet from ‘Baby Farm’ to whet your appetite

For your reading pleasure, an excerpt from ‘Baby Farm’ with my favourite character, investigative journalist and super-sleuth, Seth VerBeek. Seth reversed out of the parking bay. On the street he lit a smoke, turned up the radio and revved the … Continue reading

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Characters in crime

One of my greatest ah-haa! moments in learning to write creatively was realising that characters are the essential essence of a good story. Whether you are writing memoir or romance or fantasy, or (as I do) historical fiction and crime, … Continue reading

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