A month....

The last month has been eclectic to say the least - filled with festivals and edits, covers and the obssessive mania of a new novel.

I spent my birthday back in Melbourne filming a segment for the Melbourne Writers' Festival.  Then it was back to Sydney to deliver a workshop on writing historical fiction for the Sydney Writers' Festival. 

Finally I headed to Bellingen for the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival where I spoke on panels about crime and historical fiction. 

        With Claire Scobie, Irin Dunn, Omar Musso and Melanie Casey at BRWF.   

When I wasn't gadding about, I was finishing the final edit on A Murder Unmentioned (Rowland Sinclair #6). 

Early in May, Pantera Press did release an unproofed-unedited version for booksellers, before the text was edited at all.  I have a copy but I haven't opened it.  Now that the book has been edited, I'm a little afraid of what I'll find leafing through what was essentially a printed manuscript.  Much less anxiety-making was the bottle of wine Pantera released in honour of the book!

Whilst in Sydney, the charming Scott Whitmont of the Lindfield Bookshop presented me with a magnificent montage of the real people who have inhabited Rowland Sinclair's world from time to time.  It was a delightful, thoughtful gift... but then Scott is a delightful and thoughtful person.


I also attended my very first Sydney Writers' Festival launch party with Pantera Press and caught up with Ashley Hay (fresh from Premier's Literary Award People's Choice glory) P.M. Newton (whose latest book Beams Falling is being acclaimed in every corner) and Kate Forsyth, (who I panelled with last year).  My very favourite thing about writers' festivals is the opportunity to catch with old friends and like minds.

The new novels I'm working on are absorbing every other moment one way or another.   Neither is a Rowland Sinclair novel.  I don't need to start working on next year's Rowland Sinclair release till about December really.  So I'm taking a chance by stepping out of my usual genres.  When I first started writing, I didn't ever think of myself as either a crime writer or a historical fiction writer... I just wrote what I wanted to write, told the stories I wanted to tell.  It just so happened that at the time they were crime and historical novels.  I'm going back to that "write anything potential" in the few months I have up my sleeve, and just seeing what comes out of it.  It may work, it may not but it'll be interesting finding out!


A Few Days in Melbourne

I've just returned home from a whirlwind few days in Melbourne. The National Gallery of Victoria's Fashion Detective Exhibition was opened to the public and I was there! It was indescribably exciting to see the displays in all their glory and to hear my story, The Bequest, read by a perfectly chosen actor. 

The NGV has produced an ebook around the exhibition which includes the 4 stories written for it... it's entirely free as is the exhibition. 

   My Dad... who flew down... listening to an audio reading of The Bequest being piped up through the floor. 

 On Sunday I conducted a workshop with my Sisters in Crime, Leigh Redhead and P.D. Martin for those who dropped by to write a murder!


 I can't help but think that Rowland Sinclair would heartily approve of me spending so much time in a gallery!


Fashion Detective - National Gallery of Victoria

The suitcase is out again as I pack for Melbourne.  I'm heading down for the opening of Fashion Detective an exhibition in which I was delighted to take part.  Fashion Detective, at the National Gallery of Victoria, examines the detective work required to establish the provenance of an item.  Curators use such scientific methods as x-ray imaging, carbon dating and chemical testing to determine things like age and composition.  In a twist, the Gallery also invited 4 crimewriters to come up with a fabricated history for an object using only their imaginations.  It was my previlege to be one of those writers.  My particular item was a sample of wallpaper, by William Morris, in arsenic green (very fashionable in the 1800s)! 

As part of the exhibition I'll be joining with my Sisters in Crime, Leigh Redhead and P.D. Martin to run a free workshop,  entitled "Using Material Evidence", at the NGV (on Sunday the 11th, between 2pm and 4pm) where we will help visitors produce their own short fictions based on items from the exhibition.  Now, I know Sunday is Mother's Day, but if your mother is the least bit "criminally inclined" this may be the perfect afternoon's entertainment. 


Picking up balls

This is dreadful!  I haven't updated since "Gentlemen Formerly Dressed" was released!  I'm afraid this site is one of the first balls to be dropped in the juggling act of my life! It has been a rather full few months... with Christmas, launches, author talks, the Batlow Show (not to be missed) and, of course, the writing of a new book.  I submitted the "A Murder Unmentioned" - the sixth Rowland Sinclair novel yesterday.  Today I had a haircut, got my flu shot, filled prescriptions and picked up a few more  balls that have been dropped over the last few months.  I've started playing with other novels (not Rowland Sinclairs) and am preparing a workshop for the Sydney Writers Festival next month.




Canberra Launch of Gentlemen Formerly Dressed at the superlative Electric Shadows Bookshop with my charming friend and fellow author, Dan O'Malley doing the honours.




A box of B-format of Paving the New Road arrived on my doorstep... as with all my b-formats the cover was based on an original drawing which now hands in my study.



 I found myself shortlisted for the the 2013 Scarlett Stiletto Awards, which my sister, Devini, and I attended in theme!



 I finally redecorated my son Atticus' room - my boy's a doctor....


 The Hero Trilogy Box Set hit the shelves in time for Christmas.

  My garden demanded attention... and by that I mean mowing and weeding!  






  We did Christmas!




Headed to Goulburn via Canberra to have my photo taken with an old friend, a giant sheep and to speak at the Goulburn Library.



 Scrambled to get a hydrangea and a painting ready for the Batlow Show... the Hydrangea won best bloom!


This is a somewhat scrappy account of what I've been up to for since Novemember.  The next months promise to be even more hectic....and I promise to try and keep all my balls, including this one, in the air.... or at stop to pick them up more regularly!



Crime Caper continues.....

 My debut on the local news....

Crime Caper continues