I recently had the great pleasure of taking part in a wonderful question and answer session with fellow Perth author Amanda Curtin, the author of two novels, Elemental and The Sinkings; a collection of short fiction, Inherited; and a work of narrative non-fiction, Kathleen O’Connor of Paris, which was also published by Fremantle Press. Amanda asked me some wonderful … Continue reading Q&A with Amanda Curtin
Anzac Day Ceremony at Polygon Wood, 2013 April is a very special month to be published in, because not only does my book feature the exploits of the original Anzacs themselves, those brave men who left Australia and New Zealand to fight on the beaches at Gallipoli and on into the Eastern and Western Fronts … Continue reading Letters from the Writing Trenches: The Western Front
Where the Line Breaks is out in Australia and New Zealand, and I am officially a published author, which is a wonderful sentence to be able to write. It's something I've dreamt of since I wrote my first Batman poem in primary school, and the time I rewrote a Biggles story by changing all the … Continue reading The Path to Publication: Book Birthday!
With Where the Line Breaks out in a few days, I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at some of real life inspirations behind the novel, and some of the early drafts and poems I wrote that never made it into the book. Where the Line Breaks tells the story of The Unknown … Continue reading The Path to Publication: Digger VE/6136
Where the Line Breaks is out in exactly one month. It's starting to feel very real. One of the very first sparks of inspiration for the book came to me in a very special place: Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, during the early morning hours of Anzac Day 2013. I wrote all about it … Continue reading Letters from the Writing Trenches: Gallipoli
If you're curious as to what my upcoming debut novel Where the Line Breaks is all about, here's a short video where I discuss the main plot, made for the Books+Publishing newsletter about four new Fremantle Press authors. Books+Publishing is Australia’s number-one source of news about the book industry, keeping subscribers up to date with the … Continue reading Where the Line Breaks Introduction Video
Over the next few months, before Where the Line Breaks is published, I thought it might be interesting to look at the inspiration and the ideas that led me to write the novel. Where the Line Breaks tells the story of The Unknown Digger, a hugely popular but anonymous soldier poet of the First World … Continue reading The Path to Publication: The Digger (Apologies to Rupert Brooke)
Here's the moment I first laid eyes on a physical copy of my debut novel 'Where the Line Breaks', opening the special delivery sent by my publishers in Perth, Western Australia over to our house in London. It's an amazing feeling to hold the outcome of years of hard work in your hands. I'm so … Continue reading Where the Line Breaks Cover Reveal