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Review of ‘The Last Painting of Sara de Vos’ by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Best novel I’ve read in a long, long time. Set in three time zones – seventeenth century Holland, 1950s New York, and Sydney in … Continue reading

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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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Meet Maggie Christensen, author of ‘Champagne for Breakfast’

Welcome, Maggie, and thank you for coming to my author chat. Also, congratulations on the release of your sixth novel, Champagne for Breakfast. With an alluring cover shot of the Noosa River and a catchy title, it’s sure to enjoy great … Continue reading

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‘Mezza Italiana’ by Zoe Boccabella

Mezza Italiana by Zoe Boccabella My rating: 4 of 5 stars Zoe Boccabella has written a delightful account about finding her identity and of coming to terms with heritage, culture, and the burden of family expectations. After experiencing racial prejudice … Continue reading

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Left, Right, Left … Write. Do-it-yourself structural editing.

What I love about writing crime mysteries is the constant interplay between the left and the right hemispheres of my brain. The trick is to make them work together. The left brain gathers data, information and facts. For my current work … Continue reading

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Construct … deconstruct … reconstruct

Writers often debate about the best way to write: plot-driven or character-driven. Plot-driven implies vast sheets of butchers paper covered in post-it notes, or timelines nutted out on Excel or some other left-brain device. You know the story, you know the … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location.

In the spirit of Amelie, I’m embarking on a garden gnome tour of the city and surrounds, posting happy snaps onto Facebook and Twitter as I go. To make it more interesting, I’m masquerading as … (drum roll) … a … Continue reading

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