• Interview with Wendy J. Dunn author of Falling Pomegranate Seeds January 17, 2018 - It is hard to believe I have only known Wendy J. Dunn for eighteen months. We met through a Women's History Month event at Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries. I have since come to see it as one of the more fortuitous meetings of my debut novel year. Academic, writer, and events facilitator, Wendy is a ...
  • Fools, Mortals and New Years Resolutions January 8, 2018 - In the dying days of 2017, I found myself on the BBQ forum (yes, it does actually exist). See, my brother had a new Weber and I noticed his grill looked healthier than mine. In fact, mine was, let’s not beat about the bush, getting rather decrepit and rusty. I Googled “what to do with ...
  • Wrap up for the 2017 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge December 28, 2017 - I am not a book blogger - trust me there are some serious book bloggers out there. However, I do believe in Australian Women Writers and, in January 2017, I signed up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. For those of you who don't know, the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge was started late in 2011 when, after ...
  • What used to be the Corbett Family Christmas Letter December 23, 2017 - This time last year my mum was given a few weeks to live. We all hunkered down for what looked to be a series of 'last time' events. As it turns out, Christmas 2017 has arrived and Mum is still with us. She has grumbled about this on-and-off throughout the year: I'm ready to go ...
  • Diamond Tales December 8, 2017 - From December 3rd to 23rd, the Discovering Diamonds is holding a Diamond themed storytelling extravaganza. So far, the Diamond Tales have been fabulous (I'm not sure how I got to be part of the salubrious line up). But seriously, why not bookmark the page and follow along? To celebrate, Odyssey Books have dropped the Kindle ...
  • The Chicken Soup Murder – an interview with Maria Donovan November 29, 2017 - I came across Maria Donovan's debut novel while hanging around on an amazing supportive, wound licking and all around fabulous Facebook Group where readers, writers and bloggers share their milestones, tell stories, seek reviews and exchange bookish information. Under a post about my newly released The Tides Between, Maria wrote: ‘Your book sounds fascinating.’ 'Thanks,' I ...
  • The Cabin Sessions – an interview with dark fiction writer Isobel Blackthorn November 22, 2017 - Set in a fictional Australian setting akin to that found in Melbourne’s Dandenong Mountains, this deeply atmospheric novel starts with an astrological omen of death. As Adam crosses the river guitar in hand a storm is brewing one that could see him trapped in The Cabin for hours. Struggling against a rising sense of panic ...
  • 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. ...