Posted in Author Highlight, Elephant Creek, Writers

Writers need writers – no one else gets it


So, what’s the best thing that can happen during a writer’s day? Okay, besides being offered a huge advance and three-book deal with a traditional publisher! Movie options? Chris Hemsworth playing your MMC? Writing? Typing ‘The End’ in a manuscript? Meeting a fan of your books? Receiving awesome reviews? Appearing on Ellen? All things I could hope for as an author but there’s another thing that brings me simpler joy, motivation and pleasure.

Catching up with other writers.

Even if the writer is a near stranger, in no time you connect. It’s usually inevitable especially if you write the same genre (in this case Romance). Who else can you talk to about the writing craft? Non-writers don’t get it. Writers understand.

All writers go through the same struggles to perfect their craft. I love the banter, support, encouragement and knowledge gained from meeting up with a writer. The writer I had coffee with was Beth Prentice. We had previously met briefly at Books By the Beach and at 2019 RWA Melbourne Conference. When I told her I had moved near her we arranged to catch up and I’m glad we did.

So, for those of you who don’t write but like to know what writers talk about here’s some of the various things discussed.

Writer’s talk about:

  • How only a writer gets IT (writing)
  • The difficulty of hearing someone critique your work
  • The joy of creating a character you love
  • How fun it is to write sex scenes (after much build-up)
  • The funny reactions to the fact you write explicit sex scenes
  • Finding out there are other writers in your neighbourhood
  • Realising our books are character and emotion-driven
  • Discovering invaluable writing references
  • Laughing at the fact our husbands don’t read
  • Encouraging and nurturing each other’s writing goals
  • Sharing marketing and publicity knowledge
  • Understanding how difficult it is to say goodbye to some characters
  • The best ways to research a story
  • Why we have so many new story ideas going on in our heads
  • Which story to choose next
  • How writing is a joy even though it is damn hard, isolating and time-consuming – it’s still a joy.

We could talk for hours about writing but real life gets in the way and we part company. Though we have work or have family commitments first, when we get our bum back in our office chair and plant our fingers on the keyboard we will write. We’ll write with renewed vigour from our writer-writer catchup. A few hours well spent.

So now, once this post is posted. I’ll be continuing the latest manuscript with more ideas and enthusiasm, thinking of my friend, a few suburbs away doing the same thing. We’ll both be finding out what our characters will do next, where the story is heading and how it will end.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of Elephant Creek.

Teaser: Why did Toby change his name back to Noah? Can he ever love again after what his ex-wife Katie did?

If you’d like to check out USA Today Bestselling Author Beth Prentice’s books go to: Beth Prentice Novels 

Posted in Book Reviews

Review of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


Review of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

There’s so much hype about Liane Moriarty’s writing since the new mini-series starring Nicole Kidman, ‘Big Little Lies’. I decided one of her books is the first of my reviews.

This is a clever book, with lots of twist and turns but written in a style that makes it an easy read. I read it in two days and I couldn’t put it down (though work and things made that necessary). I love the characters real human flaws. It’s warts and all.

It starts with Cecilia’s (so-called) perfect family. A gorgeous husband and three daughters. She sells Tupperware. She’s involved in everything from P & C to welcoming committee. She’s a bit OCD but likeable. She finds a letter written by her husband to her ‘in case he dies’. Her dilemma is whether to open it and read it.

Other characters are portrayed with clarity. They’re all going through turmoil of some sort and are intertwined without even knowing it. Tess has discovered her husband is in love with her cousin and uses her mother’s broken ankle as an excuse to take her son Liam to Sydney to get away from the love birds.

Rachel is the mother of Janie. Janie was murdered in 1984 when she was 17. Rachel lives a half-life because of Janie’s death. She blames the school PE teacher Connor, who was the last to see Janie alive. When Rachel’s son and daughter in law tell her that they are moving to New York and taking her beloved grandson (the best thing in her life) life gets even more difficult.

Tess, enrols Liam (keep up I know there’s a lot of characters but everyone is necessary to the story) in the local school. She quickly meets Cecelia who talks a lot while Tess doesn’t. Connor (the PE teacher) was an old boyfriend of Tess’s and they begin a hot affair. She can’t figure out if it’s revenge or just really good sex.

I don’t want to give away too much but Moriarty has a way of pulling it all together and spitting out surprise, after surprise. It’s intelligent, honest, heart-warming, odd and bold. I loved it and can’t wait to read her other books.