• Launch Day – The Tides Between – Elizabeth Jane Corbett November 16, 2017 - Launch Day started early - I've been waking too early for weeks - my brain flickering and pulsing like an intensive care machine. I showered, took far too long choosing what to wear for a radio interview, then cycled to Fitzroy for Radio 3Cr's Published or Not. I'd been on the radio before but only in ...
  • A sense of completion November 1, 2017 - Last December, Mum was given a few weeks to live. My brother flew home from Africa, his family cancelled their plans to join him, we had end of life meetings with doctors and nursing staff, and re-arranged Christmas Day so that we could all be at the nursing home for lunch. Christmas passed and we ...
  • Publication day – the inspiration of having a Welsh novelist in the family October 20, 2017 - Growing up in Australia. I was raised on childhood stories that occurred in a far away place my parents fondly called 'home.' Dad talked of Ilford, during the blitz, and how this father an art metalworker had worked on the Bank of England's wrought iron doors. Mum spoke of growing up in industrial South Wales. ...
  • The things I never meant to achieve October 17, 2017 - This week my first novel will be published. My eldest son, an academic, bemused by my mounting excitement, said: It's only a book mum (he's written a few). But to me it is more than simply a book. It is a dream come true. I feel immensely proud of the achievement. Yet against that pride ...
  • Panels, publications and Arthurian legends October 11, 2017 - I am new to author panels. So far, I've chaired one and sat on three. I generally come up with great answers around four o'clock in the morning, after the panel is finished. My most recent panel was at Conflux13, the annual Canberra speculative fiction conference where I felt more out of depth than usual. ...
  • A review of Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin September 27, 2017 - Having read and reviewed Carol Lovekin's debut novel, Ghostbird, I was eagerly awaiting the release of Snow Sisters, knowing it would be lyrical, delicately crafted and utterly enchanting. I was not disappointed. Here is the official blurb: Two sisters, their grandmother's old house and Angharad... the girl who cannot leave. Meredith discovers a dusty sewing box in ...
  • HNSA 2107 – my subjective wrap-up September 18, 2017 - Last weekend, I attended the 2017, Melbourne, Historical Novel Society of Australasia conference. It was fun, informative, encouraging, and utterly exhausting. I can't begin to imagine how shattered the organisers must feel. It's taken me days to recover. Partly because my library service has a shortage of casual librarians at the moment and I am doing ...
  • The House with Old Furniture by Helen Lewis September 7, 2017 - I haven't read a book set in Wales for a while. But my hiraeth is running deep at the moment (time to plan my next trip) and when Helen Lewis' House with Old Furniture dropped into my inbox, it had my name written all over it. Not an historical novel, The House with Old Furniture, nonetheless ...
  • An interview with Rachel Nightingale author of Harlequin’s Riddle August 28, 2017 - I first came across Rachel Nightingale at the inaugural Historical Novels Society of Australasia  Conference in Sydney. As a writer with a background in re-enacting, she was selected to read segments of the first chapter pitches for assessment by a panel of industry experts. Mercifully, I hadn't submitted a first chapter because the fall-out was ...
  • The Fourteenth Century by May McKisack August 22, 2017 - I have been doing some plotting for my work in progress - an historical novel written from the point-of-view of Mared Glyn Dŵr. Meanwhile, I am working my way through the reading materials I amassed while in Wales. In addition to plundering the National Library's wealth of resources, I took advantage of the UK's cheap ...