In Search of Story ... 

Why in search of story? I'm a writer, I love words and the images they make. So I blog about my never-ending search for stories ... from my own country of Australia to Europe, and home again ... from first idea, to drafts and edits, to published book. 

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November 22, 2018

Five years ago, I wrote a flash fiction story set in Venice in the 18th C. With my short stories, I sometimes use the 'narrative device' of delving into the life of a famous figure in the arts, or science, literature or history and asking 'What if?' ... like Michelange...

March 7, 2017

Do you have certain things pop into your stories if you write, or in the books you read? Icons like a cowrie shell, or a cross, or the smell of lavender or lemons, or the sea. 

For me, it's music.

Some people like silence when they write, some authors have music pla...

November 17, 2016

The Four Seasons of Caterina

Extract....

Chapter 7

The next month passed without incident – no ruffianos to worry about and no red-haired stranger staring at her across the Piazzetta. It was as if Venice was drawing breath in anticipation of the Fèsta de ƚa Sènsa when Ven...

November 1, 2016

In the grand lobby of Hotel Metropole where I meet Micky White, researcher and archivist of Antonio Vivaldi's years at the Ospedale della Pietà, there are four, white limestone pillars. They are the original columns of the Ospedale (ospedale in this case...

October 30, 2016

Researching in a foreign country takes some planning, but things don't always go to plan ... like my morning at the Santa Maria della Pietà church and the Ospedale della Pietà.

This was where I expected to collect data about the girls who lived in this place, as w...

October 17, 2016

I love train travel ... always have, ever since I was a railway-man's little girl. So when we boarded the train from Paris to travel south, it didn't matter that the rain threatening us for a week, finally came down. By the time we got to Brive, where we were to pick u...

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