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 Bayside Library, November 2016


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Read my interview for 'Reader's Digest' about the Select Edition version of  'Mr Chen's Emporium' here.



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Read my interview about 'The Rarest Thing' with Robin Tennant-Wood in the 'District Bulletin' here (at District Bulletin website).

Please note: This book is no longer in print but is available as an ebook on KOBO.



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.

Please note: This book is no longer in print but is available as an ebook on KOBO.



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.

                                       Please note: This book is no longer in print but is available as an ebook on KOBO.



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.


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Freelance writer
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.




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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.




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 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'  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 here. Stephanie 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'  here.