welcome to my online home.
So that’s me a few years ago. That little guy I’m holding is now 12 years old and 6 foot tall. I obviously still look the same.
I’m an Australian independent author who recently moved from Melbourne to California with my husband and three children. I love writing picture books for kids, but there’s also a series of Early Readers in Scrivener and a Novel plot (or two) in the journal. My creative life involves writing stories, learning to draw and making gifts for friends. I rest with yarn and coffee. I’m delighted you’ve found me here. Welcome.
When our vacation in the heart of the Sierra Nevada happened to coincide with one of the largest snow-falls of recent Californian history - I was ecstatic! How lucky were we? Breaking 20 year records, the Squaw Valley reported it’s snow bank at 246 inches high (or 20 feet tall). It was a childhood dream of mine to visit Narnia and this was beginning to feel pretty close…
My inner-voice repeatedly asked … Do I have the skill to write this story? Should this be my second or even third novel? Is the story too ambitious for a first-time novelist? Will I look back in time and be disappointed by how I wrote it?
My inner voice was crippling until Margaret Atwood said something to me.
JUST DO IT
It’s exactly 12 months since we moved to California and I’m beginning to feel grammatically challenged!
During my Mum’s recent visit, we were commenting on the fact that none of us have developed a US accent (yet). What we had developed, however, was a different vocabulary. There was no change to our intonation but we were saying things like candy (lollies), trash (bin), practice (training). It’s funny how we can sound the same while sounding so different. The thing is, it’s quite a funny story…
Let me tell you a joke.
3 Mathematicians are out hunting when they suddenly stumble across a deer.
The first mathematician takes aim and overshoots. The second mathematician takes aims and undershoots. The third mathematician leaps in excitement and screams “We got him!”
It feels so bad to say this aloud, but I didn't like it. I wanted to love it. The magical city of Nevermoor is unique and imaginative, and there's a deeply disturbing Museum that was well written. The tension grew quickly towards the end, and I didn’t see the plot twist coming. I just failed to be moved by it... My problem was that I couldn't shake an overwhelming feeling that I'd read this plot before. It all felt a little bit too familiar, which left me flat and frustrated.
Have you read Wundersmith yet? What did you think? Rating. 3 out of 5 stars.