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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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...

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...

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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