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Anyone for Tennis?

What inspired my novel, Grand Slam? Well, at just 14 years of age, I was a champion tennis player. They talked about me as the Next Big Thing. My serve was faster than all the boys my age and I never double-faulted. My long (tanned) legs transported me with unsurpassed speed around the champion courts of Australia. Tennis coaches lined up, begging to take me on as their protégé.


TAKING THE BATON: I’ve been tagged by the inimitable Sue Williams to participate in the Meet My Character blog hop. Sue’s fabulous debut novel Murder With The Lot came out at about the same time as mine, and I read it, laughing out loud, jealously wishing I’d been clever enough to come up with some of the brilliant lines she wrote. I tracked Sue down and we’ve become firm e-friends with the occasional face-to-face catch up, usually via Sisters in Crime (unless I get stuck in traffic and miss out.

The Author Exposed

Possibly the most important job an author has is to remain invisible. Expose yourself through weak writing and the reader will be dragged away from the world you’ve spent so much time creating, straight into your office. Even a typo or printing error can cause a reader to think about poor editing instead of that desperate, blood-deprived vampire. Welcome to my monthly blog chat with writing guru Sydney Smith and best-selling author Jennifer Scoullar. This month we're discussing the way in which naughty authors (and lazy editors) can expose themselves.


Why Set the Scene?

Welcome to my monthly writerly chat with writing guru Sydney Smith and best-selling author Jennifer Scoullar. This month we take a look at scene setting.


This writing caper is full of surprises and learning curves. Even now, with two books published, I sometimes feel like I’m only just ready to graduate. From Novel Writing kindergarten.


Welcome to our cosy, monthly blog chat where writing guru Sydney Smith, best-selling author Jennifer Scoullar, and little old I address all things writerly. This month, we look at DIALOGUE.


Dialogue is the most dramatic expression of conflict in narrative. It isn’t simply an exchange of information. Each speaker must have an agenda, and that should emerge in the course of the dialogue sequence. Preferably, it emerges at once, or nearly so.


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