Posts by Stephanie Parkyn

Josephine’s Garden: Reading Group Questions

In my writing, I love to bring women’s lives to the forefront, their cares, concerns, needs and desires, because these are often overlooked in the historical record. A major life and death concern for women was pregnancy and childbirth. In Josephine’s Garden, I wanted to explore some of these challenges for women alongside the story of…

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Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my website! My new novel The Freedom of Birds will be released in December 2021 by publishers Allen & Unwin. This is my third novel exploring themes of independence and identity at times of dramatic social change. Travel with me as I delve into fascinating people and places in my books! Subscribe…

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My Journey to Publication

How does an idea become a book? In How the Story Found Me and What is your Novel About? I have covered the inspirations behind the idea of the story for Into the World. Here I will outline my process of writing, finding an agent and entering the traditional publishing world. It took me seven…

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Reading Group Questions

Into the World is a story with many themes and ideas perfect for a book club. It deals with guilt, loss, the search for independence,  and the power of stepping into the unknown. Here are some questions for a reading group discussion. How important is a sense of wonder and discovery in this book? Did…

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My Favourite Authors

Favourite authors? There are too many to count! But I would like to share some of my historical reading delights. One of the joys of finding a book you love is when you discover the author has a whole back list of works to devour. I came to Michelle Lovric with The Book of Human…

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What is your Novel About?

Anyone who has tried writing a synopsis knows how hard it is to distil an entire novel into one page let alone one sentence. Asking what your novel is truly about is one of the hardest questions a writer can ask themselves. For Into the World, I launched into a first draft without knowing the…

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How the Story Found Me

I could say that I found the story of Into the World through exploration, through inquisitiveness. When you first move to a new place you want to learn all you can about it. In 2010, I moved to Hobart, Tasmania and I started to explore. I went along the d’Entrecasteaux channel, past Bruny Island, through…

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