Meet My Main Character Blog Tour

Over the last couple of months I’ve been featuring Australian Rural Fiction writers in the Writers On Reading Series but this week is a little different. This week’s blog post is all about me – well, actually not me, but my main characters in Essie’s Way. Miranda and Esther. I’ve been tagged by Stella Tarakson to take part in the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Stella writes for children and young adults. She’s written a number of non-fiction books but now her focus is on now on fiction. Stella’s first junior novel, Mike the Spike, is being published by New frontier Publishing, as part of their Little Rockets Series in August! You can find more about Mike, Stella’s main character here. Thanks for inviting me Stella and good luck with Mike.   * Now, most writers taking part in this tour would probably have only one main character in their post but both Miranda and Esther are protagonists in Essie’s Way so i’m going to introduce you to both …   1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person? This novel has two main characters, Miranda McIntyre and Esther Wilson. Both are fictional.   2. When and where is the story set? The story is set mainly on the south coast of NSW in the fictional town of Pelican Point but there are also scenes in Sydney, where Miranda lives. The story has a double narrative and switches backwards and forwards in time, telling the story of Esther’s life as a young woman, when she was known as Essie, as well as following current...

A Reader’s Guide to Rural Fiction Writing in Australia

Over the next few week’s I’ll be featuring a number of Australia’s Rural Fiction Writers on my blog in the Writers on Reading Series. So today I thought I’d give you a quick rundown on the current state of play on Rural Fiction. So, what is Rural Fiction anyway? Well, as the label implies it’s a genre firmly located in a rural setting. Australia has had a long history of bush narratives with writers like Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson and much later books like A Town Like Alice, All The Rivers Run,  and The Thornbirds continuing the trend.  Contemporary Rural Fiction became popular after the enormous success of the Queen of the genre Rachael Treasure published her first novel, Jillaroo, in 2002. Since then the genre has become more and more popular and despite rumours that the bubble is about to burst it still appears to be popular with readers. The landscape is an important facet in many of these novels, whether it be the red dirt of the far outback or the green, rolling hills of more coastal locations. Many of the current crop of Rural Fiction authors – like Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns – live and work in rural communities, while others authors as Fleur McDonald, Nicole Alexander and Margareta Osborn don’t just write about the land, they make their living from it.   Rural fiction novels generally have at least some of the following elements: Farm or Small Town Setting Sense of Community/Conflict Strong Female Protagonist Love Interest/Romance Animals Outsider Homecoming And there are quite a few “sub-genres”: Romance – Rachael Treasure (also environmental and community issues), Rachael...

The Writing Process Blog Hop: Writers Reveal Their Process

It’s great to be taking part in this blog hop on The Writing Process. Thanks to the lovely Alissa Callen for tagging me. If you missed Alissa’s post last week you can find it here and here’s more about Alissa: When Alissa Callen isn’t writing she plays traffic controller to four children, three dogs, two horses and one renegade cow who really does believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Her books are characteristically heart-warming, emotional and character driven. Beneath Outback Skies, published by Random House Australia, is available now as an eBook and from May 2014 in print. Down Outback Roads, also published by Random House Australia, will be out in May as an eBook. Alissa loves to connect with readers and can be found online at her website or Facebook.   And now for my own responses to The Writing Process questions: 1)   What am I working on? Since finishing my second novel, Essie’s Way (published in December 2013 by Hachette) I’ve been taking a break but it’s time to get back to the desk and start work again. I have a few vague ideas for a new novel but at this stage I’m just playing around and seeing how they develop. I’m also preparing to teach my first workshop at The NSW Writer’s Centre on February 8 (click here for more information). It’s a one day course designed as a kick start for those who want to write but don’t know where to begin. 2)   How does my work differ from others of its genre? Both the novels I’ve had published...

Writers On Reading – A Brand New Blog Series On What Writers Like to Read

I’m starting a whole new blog series where writers will be invited to tell us about their reading habits and influences. And to celebrate the release this week of my new novel  I thought I’d kick off the series by having a crack at the questions myself. Anyone who leaves a comment will go in the draw to win a signed copy of Essie’s Way. Here’s a sneak peek:  A captivating story of family, love and following your heart, from the author of Blackwattle Lake. In the distance the sea and sky merged into an opaque sheet of black, the only light shed by a sliver of moon. A crack of lightning split the darkness, illuminating the cauldron that was the ocean for just a few moments. She tilted her chin up and stretched forward, straining to see. Something was out there. Miranda McIntyre thinks she has it all sorted. She s a successful lawyer, she s planning her wedding and ticking off all the right boxes. When searching for something old to go with her wedding dress she remembers an antique necklace from her childhood, but her mother denies any knowledge of it. Miranda is sure it exists. Trying to find the necklace, she discovers evidence that perhaps the grandmother she thought was dead is still alive. Ignoring the creeping uncertainty about her impending marriage, and the worry that she is not living the life she really wants, Miranda takes off on a road trip in search of answers to the family mystery but also in search of herself. Ultimately, she will find that looking back can lead...

Be Careful What You Wish For – Three Wishes Blog Blitz

Today I’m participating in the Three Wishes Blog Blitz, hosted by author Juliet Madison! From 2nd to 6th September you’ll have the chance to win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the blitz, including mine. All you have to do is follow my instructions below for winning the prize I have on offer, and then you can click over to Juliet’s blog to enter her prize draw, and see the list of all other blogs taking part and enter their giveaways as well. How cool is that? Why is it called the Three Wishes Blog Blitz? Juliet’s new romantic comedy release, I Dream of Johnny, is about three wishes, a high-tech genie in a lamp, and one very unfortunate typo that proves magic isn’t all it cracked up to be… Readers of this blog who leave a comment will go in the draw to win a signed copy of my debut novel Blackwattle Lake.  The theme of the blog blitz – Three Wishes – got me thinking about the protagonist in my soon to be released novel Essie’s Way. Miranda’s one of those girls that seems to have it all – a great job, plenty of cash, a lifestyle most thirty-somethings would kill for and to top it off is about to be married to a handsome young professional in a perfectly planned fairytale wedding. But when Miranda discovers that her supposedly long-dead grandmother could be well and truly alive things start to go awry. So what are the three things Miranda has wished for all her life? One of them is a “normal” family. While her...