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- Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
- 1st Edition
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What I’m reading right now… I'm re-reading Save the Cat Strikes Back by Blake Synder. It's a wonderful in-depth study of the structure of successful movies and all good storytelling.
My favourite book growing up... Definitely Seven Little Australians. I will always remember the Sunday morning when I read the scene where Judy died. I felt as if I'd lost a best friend, but I still loved this book despite the heartbreak.
My all-time favourite book is... Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. It's such a warm, feel-good story, a great comfort read and it makes me long to live in Scotland.
The book I would recommend everyone to read... To Kill A Mockingbird. I first read this book when I was sixteen and it's the only book I've ever felt moved to review. Later, as an English teacher, I saw another generation of students deeply moved by the power of this novel.
The book I wish I wrote… Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – a clever premise with wonderful characters and and a compelling storyline. Not only are we trying to guess who “dunnit” but also who “carked it”.
My guilty reading pleasure is… Romance – Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, or Australian authors like Anne Gracie (regency historical romances with dashing rakes) or Kelly Hunter (short, contemporary romances and very sexy).
The book on my bookshelf that I have never read... Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.
The book that never should have been turned into a film… I know many books are a challenge to adapt for the screen, but if a director/producer is prepared to have a go, why not? It means great royalties for the author.
My book is about... three generations of one family. There's Lucy, a female soldier who's recently returned from Afghanistan and finds her life at a crossroads, Ro, her under-confident mum who feels she's made a mess of her life, and Harry, Lucy's grandfather, an outback cattleman and WW2 hero, who won the heart of a London debutante. The story moves from the Aussie outback to England and also to New Guinea during the war, so there's plenty of romance and heroism.
I’ll never forget... the day I first got “the call” from a publisher.
My favourite place is... my imagination. It can take me anywhere.
The most dangerous thing I have ever done is... throw away my safe career to become a writer. But it was worth it!
The first time I... arrived in Townsville and saw the calm, blue Coral Sea and Magnetic Island so green and alluring just offshore.
I regret... Life's too short for regrets.
I remember... my Year Seven teacher who read wonderful books to us every Friday afternoon.
The one piece of advice I should have listened to but didn’t... I don't know. I tend to listen to advice, and then make up my own mind about things.
I love... books, books and more books.
I hate... I can't honestly think of anything I hate, except the obvious things like brutality and cruelty.
I wish I could... write faster.
I can’t say no to... champagne.
Yesterday, I... started a new novel, writing several hundred words that I promptly deleted. Today I made a little more progress.
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