SELF DISCIPLINE

SELF-DISCIPLINE   Fortuitous Tide Reminder: Free short story “Family Love” under Pearl for your Enjoyment below.  I have learnt self-discipline is a necessary ingredient in cooking up a novel. Once the manuscript is in the hands of the beta-readers, the reins may...

Newsletter September 2021

GOALPOST IN SIGHT   Fortuitous Tide I went for a drive to Maleny last week to deliver more of my books to the Maleny Bookshop. The Maleny Bookshop has a magic ambience as it wraps itself around you like a cloak of comfort. Take the opportunity to share this...

Newsletter August 2021

ALL SMILES Fortuitous Tide I was asked the other day, “Why do I write?” After very little thought I answered, “I’m barking mad when I’m not totally chronic crazy and a masochist, I think.” But what else can one do when scenes, plots and characters pound on the door of...

WHATEVER

Fortuitous Tide I recently had the opportunity to listen to a talk on the English language via Zoom.  I found the speaker, Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex, extremely interesting and entertaining. His personality brought the subject to life. Thank you to all the...

Newsletter June 2021

SMOOTH BLEND Fortuitous Tide I have been lucky to access some great research material. Now it’s a matter of seamlessly blending the gems discovered within the storyline. Current Weather and Tides In this my fourth novel. The protagonist is currently on the back of a...

HASTENING TIME

HASTENING TIME Fortuitous Tide The 4th novel was chugging along nicely until I discovered I had made a cardinal sin on the first page. When the character arrives by train, she steps out into a burning North Queensland sun and five minutes (a bit longer perhaps) it is...

Nose in the Trough

Newsletter APRIL 2021 NOSE IN THE TROUGH Fortuitous Seas A SAFE and PEACEFUL EASTER to EVERYONE I felt proud to be asked to hold an author signing/talk morning at the Twiga Book shop in Gympie Wednesday 7th April. I do hope you join me if travelling in the area....

CHALLENGES

Newsletter MARCH 2021 CHALLENGES Fortuitous Seas One of the great enjoyments of writing historical fiction novels is in doing the research. This fourth novel takes the protagonist to Mount Isa. I lived there for a while, some years ago, but am ashamed to say I did not...

Newsletter February 2-2021

Newsletter FEBRUARY 2021 APPRECIATION Fortuitous Seas Firstly, I must thank all the readers who enjoyed the latest release, “Burdekin Heartbeats” – especially the reader who complained because she could not stop crying at the end of the story but loved, LOVED the book...

Newsletter February3 2021

Newsletter FEBRUARY (3) 2021 APPRECIATION Fortuitous Seas Firstly, I must thank all the readers who enjoyed the latest release, “Burdekin Heartbeats” – especially the reader who complained because she could not stop crying at the end of the story but loved, LOVED the...