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A few weeks ago I attended the Sydney Writers' Festival All-day YA. Last year I attended Boundless: a festival of diverse writers in Bankstown. Needless to say, my TBR list blew out of all reasonable proportions and I've been playing catch up ever since. Here is a round up of some of the OzYA I've… Continue reading Reading OzYA
Natasha Lester is one of the most generous authors in Australia. Her blog is inspiring and informative. It is this generosity, and a love of her travel updates on Facebook as she researches her novels, that inspired me to pick up Her Mother's Secret - as much as the beautiful cover and intriguing blurb! I… Continue reading Natasha Lester: Her Mother’s Secret and A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald
If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan (guilty! Though Persuasion is my favourite Austen) then you'll likely be familiar with this question. Which makes for a better Pemberley? Luckily you don't have to answer it because you can visit both in person like my husband and I did. Or watch either as Pemberley. In the… Continue reading Chatsworth house or Lyme park?
I Finished The Obernewtyn Chronicles! Capital F! Reading one through seven novels over the past few weeks has been an all-consuming epic adventure. Love to my husband for bearing with me. I gave him regular updates on the characters, all the while begging more time to spend with them. Eyes glistening, hugging my kindle. The… Continue reading The Obernewtyn Chronicles
I am so very happy. It is a few weeks into the AWC bootcamp and I am averaging more than 500 words a day. It feels fantastic 🙂 The hardest part is getting started. But setting the word count before I start really helps. There have been a couple of days where I've dodged it,… Continue reading Writing again
I changed my name! I was hiding behind a pen name and a curtain of hair. The curtain is still there, blonde as ever, but I'm now going by real name, Jessica. I had a myriad of reasons for using the pen name. The only one that really matters is that I was afraid. I… Continue reading Name update
I'm trying to read like a writer. Choosing books that will inspire and educate me. Award winning and well-written, innovative and classic. However, that only gets me so far. I also have to feed my romance and self improvement addictions. Leaving aside academic papers for the day job and email correspondence for long distance family,… Continue reading Reading like a writer
What a debut novel by Audrey Niffenegger! I know I'm late to the game, and many of these recommendations will be, but I'm a strong advocate of seeking out books that mean something to you, and this one has been on my to-read list for a while. When I spotted it in a second hand… Continue reading Book Recommendation | The Time Traveler’s Wife
A fairy tale retelling steeped in the history of 17th Century France and Renaissance Venice, where the tale of Rapunzel first began. How utterly beautiful. No wonder Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens was the winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Award for Best Historical Novel. I just finished reading Bitter Greens and I absolutely adored it. It is a… Continue reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth | Book Recommendation