Well first of all, I'd like to thank fellow Brisbane author Cameron Trost for including me on the blog hop. Cameron is a writer of strange, mysterious and often creepy tales about people just like you. His work includes Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales, and his latest book Subtropical Suspense is being launched in Brisbane this Saturday (19th July) at Black Cat Books, Paddington. Sounds like it's going to be a brill event - if you're in and around Brisbane this weekend, check it out!
Okey dokey, here are my blog hop questions and answers!
What am I working on?
I'm knee deep in formatting my second novel as we speak! 'Further' is the sequel to my debut novel, 'Distance' which was published digitally last June and in paperback earlier this year.
Once the formatting is done, I'll publish the manuscript in both e-book and paperback. In amongst the editing and formatting, I am starting to promote the book across my social meda sites. I have not one...but three book trailers under construction! Well - OK, my techno-savvy and very creative daughter is making the trailers for me. But I'm very good at standing by and offering 'advice'...! I also do a good line in coffee and cake and this, I'll admit, does seem to help!
Once 'Further' is launched, I'll get stuck into the third and final book in the series. This one has the working title 'Surfacing.'
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write about small things that mean the world; dramas and issues that crop up in family life. Stuff that many people have to deal with to one extent or another and although these things are a part of life, they can still cause enormous distruption and pain. I'm talking teenage kids, aging parents, jobs and marriage. Family relationships fascinate me. I tackle larger issues too, such as emigrating, dementia and youth depression. These are things that touch many of us, if only in a small way. I try not to glam it up. There's sadness and guilt and disappointment in there...and hopefully a healthy dose of realism.
Why do I write what I do?
I'm part of a family. I have a husband and children and I understand what it's like! I'm told that my characters are relatable and I think that might be because in the end, we all want the same things for our kids and ourselves. Our dreams might be packaged differently, but if we drill down and examine what's really important, there are common ideals that many of us aspire to.
How does my writing process work?
I'm extremely fortunate to have the time and space and peace to write at home. I have a little blue and white office, which I share with our two scruffy rescue dogs (hope this isn't sounding too cliched!) and I tuck myself away and get immersed in my writing. It's quiet in there. I light scented candles and love to have fresh flowers on my desk. Often, towards the end of the working day, a loved one will appear in my doorway with a glass of wine. Spoilt? Yes. I know...and I really do count my blessings every single day!
And with that, I'd like to say a big thankyou to Cameron Trost and then pass the blog baton on to two of my favourite writers, Maggie Christensen and Sarah Kated.
Born and brought up in Scotland, and attracted by advertisements to ‘Come and Teach in the Sun’, Maggie Christensen emigrated to Australia in her twenties to teach in primary schools in Sydney. She now lives with her husband of almost thirty years near Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. She loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the Noosa River on weekends. After spending many years in teaching, lecturing and education management, where she wrote course materials and reports, Maggie began writing the sort of books she enjoys reading, books about women in their prime, their issues and relationships. Now her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven! She continues her love of books as a volunteer with Friends of Noosaville Library where she helps organise author talks and selects and delivers books to the housebound.
My name is Sarah Kated, I’m a 23 year old post-grad creative industries student at QUT. My faves to work with are writing, design, photography and new media.
Hi - and welcome to my blog! I write women's fiction and short stories. Proud to call myself a Welsh Australian (Waussie!) I live in beautiful Brisbane and write full time.