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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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...

September 25, 2016

Two days to go ... and why books and bullets ... and bombs? And why head first for Berlin, a city so unlike Venice than anywhere imaginable? Except for that lovely river, of course.

Although, to be fair to the German and Austrian empires, Vivaldi was very fami...

September 24, 2016

It's funny where story ideas come from. For me, the best ones are those requiring the most dedication, work and perseverance. They're the ones that come with a personal passion ... like my family's travelling actor heritage from the early 1900s in regional Au...

September 18, 2016

Arts grant organisers always ask writers these questions - they want to know if you know your story's reason for being. Sometimes that's hard to answer. Sometimes, you  know in your heart a story is gathering speed, like Frecciabianca, Trenitalia's...

September 16, 2016

Research for my story has been a thing of joy and discovery already. As I write, I live my young street urchin's journey to discover her past, and to follow her destiny as a great singer.

A universal story ... the quest to find one's place in the world, and the lov...

September 13, 2016

There is no set way to research for a story - except that researching historical fiction is guaranteed to take you by the throat and heart, especially if you love your characters like real people.

Researching is a journey of detection and discovery, of surprise, immersi...

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