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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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

Deciding on clothes, shoes, boots for edge-of-season, northern hemisphere travelling is tricky enough - autumn in Venice can be warm, and cool, rainy and sunny - but adding in what I'll need to research 18th C Venice, the brilliant explosion of art, music and lite...

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...

September 12, 2016

In exactly 15 days, I head for Europe with suitcase, computer, writing journal and my other half, Ross. This trip has crept up too quickly and I'm mentally not ready.

Writing lists, checking flights, accommodation updates, paying Captain Train (now called Trainline  (fa...

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