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31 12, 2015

Thank you and Happy 2016!

By | December 31st, 2015|

What a year 2015 has been! I am so full of thanks on this New Year’s Eve.

“Self”-publishing As Long As She Lives was a huge achievement which belongs to so many people as well as me: Ann Bolch, my editor; Lu Sexton, my proofer (and also an accredited editor); Lin Wee and her assistant Patrick, the designers who pulled me out of the fire at the last minute with their skill and professionalism and; Nick Kane, my local printer who worked with Lin to get the beautiful, luxury copies to Dymocks on time for the launch! Thank you also to Kym and Louise at Dymocks Melbourne for their faith in stocking the book and giving it such a wonderful launch!

Of course my greatest support, as ever, has been my husband, Superman as he has been known on this blog for a decade, now. Not only has he given me the gift of supporting my writing and self-publishing emotionally and financially (he was the greatest advocate for going indie), he has also been there as I’ve begun to conquer long-time health issues which became urgent in over-polluted Bangkok. Superman gently helped me through 2 surgeries since August 2014 and happily supported the nutritional and lifestyle changes I needed. I cherish the life and love we have shared for 22 years, so far, and look forward to a lot more of them now that my health is back on track.

Finally thank you to all my friends, family and you my readers – I am so grateful for the time you give my work, whether here on the blog, on Wattpad or the pages of As Long As She Lives (paper or electronic!) I wish you all a Happy 2016!


15 11, 2015

On ‘losing’ NaNoWriMo for my own good.

By | November 15th, 2015|

I love National Novel Writing Month. My first participation and my first ‘’win was in November 2010 when I wrote the development draft of a novel then called “After Africa” which became “As Long As She Lives” and my debut novel. I haven’t done NaNo every year — last November I was deep in editing and learning what I needed to about self-publishing — but every year I don’t do it I envy those who are. It’s wonderful to experience having colleagues from all over the world, and colleagues who are filled with unadulterated optimism and determination to succeed. For a whole month the forum is your workplace water-cooler and everyone is talking about getting those words down and finding those story solutions.
I was particularly looking forward to participating this year. In the three months since launching As Long As She Lives, I’ve struggled to prioritize time for writing/developing my next project over learning about marketing a self-published book (and finding it rather trying to my soul — blog post coming) and dealing with some extreme fatigue and chronic pain I couldn’t pin-point and so in true Aussie style dismissed as a need to ‘just get my act together’. I decided NaNo would be the catalyst for ‘pulling my socks up’— I’d set aside everything else for the month, focus properly and delve in to my new project once and for all.

On October 28th I committed to NaNo and ‘created my novel’on the NaNo site. On October 30th I learned that in fact my fatigue and my pain was very real and I was booked in to have surgery 14 days later. My main concern? Could I still I finish NaNo?

Over the next two weeks I took it easy, promising […]

1 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

By | January 1st, 2015|

Hello Readers!
Thank you all for your incredible support in 2014! This time last year I was madly working on the last chapters of As Long As She Lives, the Wattpad draft, and I was thrilled and shocked at the 30,000 reads it had had while writing – I never dreamed that a year later that number would read 953,000! Your comments have truly helped me as I edited, this year, giving me insights into what needed changing (too many intros at once in chapter 1 lol!) and encouraging me to believe in myself, when I needed it. I am so very grateful to you all.
For me, 2015 will be the year As Long As She Lives will be published (structural edits are nearly done and my editor is booked for line-editing at the end of January) and the year I turn in earnest to my next novel (wheeeee something new!)
I wish you all a 2015 full of passion, purpose and joy.
With love,


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