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 Bayside Library, November 2016

Grey possumRead my interview about 'The Rarest Thing' with Robin Tennant-Wood in the 'District Bulletin': https://districtbulletin.com.au/high-country-journey-revelations/

Grey possumRead my interview with InkAshlings about 'The Rarest Thing' in which we discuss how being a visual artist creeps into my writing, and I offer some tips for aspiring writers of historical fiction.



Grey possumRead my interview with Duffy the Writer about 'The Rarest Thing' in which we discuss the pleasures and perils of writing historical fiction, the inspirations for the book and the development of 'real characters' rather than cardboard cut-outs. Just scroll down for the interview.



Kirsty People 420To coincide with the release of the April 2016 'Reader's Digest' 'Special Editions' in which a condensed version of 'The Trivia Man' appears, I did an interview with RD's Alison Fraser about the inspiration for the novel.  Read the interview here.


Kirsty People 420Some intriguing questions from North Melbourne Mum about juggling motherhood and career, as well as a discussion about how covers are designed and what, if any, is the author's contribution. We also talked about what it means to be an Australian author.  You can read the interview at Karen's website.


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J.F.Gibson asked lots of interesting questions about Kevin Dwyer and 'The Trivia Man', plus my top three tips for writers. Here's the interview at Jodi's website.



Kirsty People 420Such a delight to visit bestselling author, Jenn McLeod of 'Seasons of Shadow and Light' fame at her 'Write Round Oz' blog to talk about living in the country, dogs, food and writing, as well as my new book  'The Trivia Man'. Thanks for inviting me to your place, Jenn.


600 Cropped cover kneesHere's my podcast interview with Valerie Khoo of the Australian Writers' Centre.  You'll find it at 26.50 minutes and it runs for half an hour, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and read the transcript. Among many topics, we chatted about the craft of writing, the process leading to publication and my three top tips for aspiring writers. Thanks, Valerie, for a great interview.



600 Cropped cover kneesFrom the 'Tasmanian Times' comes this delightful article about my novels by journalist, Paula Xiberras. It's called 'The Ardour of Alpacas'. It was a great pleasure to chat with Paula. Here's the article at the 'Tasmanian Times' website.



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Here's a lovely article from the 'St George and Sutherland Shire Leader' entitled 'Three Times a Charm' about 'A Place of Her Own' and the Emporium Trilogy.



Small Front illustration TJWThe delightful Margareta Osborn (author of the best selling 'Bella's Run' and 'Hope's Road') interviewed me as part of her Christmas blog series. Read more at her website. 



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Writer, photographer, human rights activist and blogger Clancy Tucker tackles a different subject online every day, and it's always interesting. From time to time he interviews fellow authors. Today I was privileged to be one of them. Being a writer himself, Clancy knows exactly what questions to ask, including the tricky ones such as: What's the hardest thing about writing? And how do you define success as a writer?  You can read the full interview at Clancy's blog. 



Small Front illustration TJWHere's my interview about 'The Jade Widow' with fellow author and blogger, Donna Joy Usher at her website. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed answering Donna's questions.

While you're there, it's worth browsing through Donna's entertaining blog articles. She's the very talented author of 'Seven Steps to Closure' and the Chanel Series.



MCE b small emporiumHere's a link to my chat with bestselling rural fiction author, Margareta Osborn on her 'The Billy's Boiling' blog. Her new book, 'Hope's Road', was released in March to much critical acclaim. Congratulations, Margareta! You can read our fun Q&A at Margareta's website by clicking here.



MCE b small emporiumMonique Fischle at 'The Musings of Monique' has posted a lovely blog interview I did with her about 'Mr Chen's Emporium'. You can read the Q&A in full at Monique's own website, 'The Musings of Monique' by clicking hereTopics included the role of the Gold Rush in 'Mr Chen's Emporium', and character-based versus plot-based writing.



MCE b small emporiumStephanie Campisi's  'Read in a Single Sitting' is a wonderful website for all those who love reading.

My blog interview with Stephanie focused on overturning first impressions and confronting prejudice in fiction. We also explored the dilemma of balancing historical fact relating to women's roles with contemporary feminist ideologies, as well as a range of other topics. You can read it at the 'Read in a Single Sitting ' website by clicking hereStephanie has also written a perceptive and illuminating review of 'Mr Chen's Emporium'. 



MCE b small emporium1 Girl 2 Many Books has posted a wide-ranging Q&A in which we discussed matters as diverse as the journey to getting published and the role that planning plays in writing a novel. 

You can read the interview at the '1 Girl 2 Many Books' website by clicking here. Then just scroll down to the Q&A.



MCE b small emporiumHere is a link to an interesting interview I did with Monique Mulligan of Write Note Reviews. It turns out that we're both fans of L.M. Montgomery. Find out which five literary characters I'd like to have dinner with!

To read the interview at Monique's own website, 'Write Note Reviews', click here.



MCE b small emporiumMarg of the excellent website, 'The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader' has posted a review of the book and an interview I did with her. Read about why I set the 1870s' narrative in the Gold Rush era.

You can view both at Marg's own website, 'The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader' by clicking here.