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 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.
You may have already noticed, but I find social media a little bit difficult. It comes from years of social conditioning that told me to be seen and not heard. However, jump forward a few years and this little girl can be both seen AND heard these days. Apparently, always participating in oral expression is not so bad after all…
Have you ever made a choice and then found yourself wondering what may have been if you had chosen differently? This week I found myself reflecting on the idea that our life path is nothing more than a map of the choices we make.
Last Sunday, we were in Gilroy. We made a small decision which inadvertently changed our lives …
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 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.