Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my website! My debut novel Into the World will be released in December 2017 and I am excited to share more about the research behind the story, inspirations, and reading group resources through this blog. And join me as I delve into fascinating people and places, science and history for my new…

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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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