How do you feel about swearing in novels? Is it offensive, acceptable, or does it all come down to whether it gels with the story and character?
A couple of years ago I chatted to Sandi Wallace about her debut novel Tell Me Why, which introduced us to police officer John Franklin and Georgie Harvey, two kindred spirits who clash over almost everything. Here I chat with Sandi about her second instalment Dead Again.
When Sergeant John Franklin’s case collides with journalist Georgie Harvey’s story about recent bush fire devastation on a local township, Georgie not only finds herself back in conflict with the man she’s been trying to forget, but uncovers a truth about the bush fires – a truth no-one is wanting to believe.
Changing Lanes Interview with Lisette Kristensen I got to know Canadian noir writer Lisette Kristensen through an online author forum. From there I read her short novel Silent Running and loved the voice of main character Baleigh Burgess and the whole Sin City feel of the story. So when I found out she was releasing Read More …
Right off the bat we’re captured by Baleigh’s voice. She’s sexually confident, damaged, tough. Perfect Noir. But this book comes with a warning…
There are points in any story where adding a plot reversal or a surprising revelation can really ramp up the tension. Finding them, and that all important final twist, is what every suspense writer strives for. When developing twists I love to challenge my main character’s beliefs about her world and in doing so, hopefully, cast a different light on everything you, as a reader, understand about the story. This is great fun in a novel. But what happens when that happens in your own life?
The Three Miss Allens is a slight departure from the contemporary romance Purman has previously published. It uses a dual narrative, contemporary and historical, to explore how social mores of the 1930s South Australia exacerbates the fissures in the Allen family and the impact this has on later generations. Slip on your PJs grab some chocolate and be prepared to lose a day as you solve the mystery of the third Miss Allen.
As a self-confessed family-secret addict, how could I not discover what had happened to the third Miss Allen in Remarkable Bay in 1934?
Nerves are normal. Nervous energy can propel us forward. But when that fear holds us back from doing what we love, when it holds us back from nurturing relationships, our business or our talent, that’s when it becomes destructive.
Australia is a unique country and rural Australia comes with unique challenges, particularly for medical professionals. Take that landscape, add a strong minded, independent woman and a male lead who challenges her and you get a touching story that draws you in and holds you until the last page. If this sounds like your type of fiction chances are you’ve read Meredith Appleyard. If you haven’t, you’ll soon want to. Meredith’s books are warm, thought provoking and very real to life.