Taking a Break
After I sent off the third book in my planned trilogy about the magical world of The Tenth Gateway I took a break from writing. It was so hard to say goodbye to my characters and the enchanted world that I had immersed myself in.
Where to next?
Luckily I had enrolled in a November workshop organised by The Australian Writers’ Centre. The workshop ‘The Story Doctor’ was run by Kate Forsyth – one of my favourite Australian authors of both adult and children’s fiction. Kate generously shares lots of practical ideas on how to improve your writing and carry out a thorough edit of your manuscript. I learned heaps.
‘The Blue Rose’ – a very good read
Kate Forsyth’s latest book ‘The Blue Rose’ is a must read. The story is set during the time of The French Revolution, and its full of adventure, romance and tragedy. I loved it.
“The Story Doctor’ workshop motivated me to dig out a children’s book – a comic fantasy - I drafted many years ago but was never satisfied with. Armed with new tools on how to improve the story and the writing I am now working on a new draft.
Austin Macauley Publishers are promoting the books of selected authors this Christmas. I may not be among this group but I had a lot of fun taking my Christmas promotional photo for ‘The Tenth Gateway’ and ‘The Spy’s Door’.
What do you think?