Category: Advice

  • Fruitys for Life*

    The people in the computer Your work has started a conversationTeeth over teeth tattoo Live fast, die pirate Think of good things 15 seconds plus, think about how it made you feel! Chuck black high heelsCupcake with bowFruitys for life Thanks to the health professionals and all other essential people.Addicted to hair Snake bite speeding […]

  • Ep 27 Writing for connection with Emily Maguire, author of ‘Love Objects’

    ‘It’s really important to me, as a writer, to get under the skin of my characters.’ In her new novel, Love Objects, Emily Maguire does exactly that, exploring one woman’s experience with hoarding disorder as a way to better understand our relationships with objects – and with each other. Emily is the author of six […]

  • The secret to fighting project inertia

    Recently I was invited to be a guest author at the Sutherland Shire Fellowship of Australian Writers, who are an absolutely lovely bunch of people. You don’t need to take my word for it. Just look at the How to Be Australian themed afternoon tea they put on. If you’re wondering, I didn’t have an […]

  • Ep 23: Sinking a hotel room with internationally bestselling author David Vann

    When we spoke to David Vann, he was on his final day of a two-week covid quarantine in a hotel room in Cambodia. He had with him an AED (an automatic external defibrillator) and an EPIRB (an emergency position indicating radio beacon), in case of sinking. He wasn’t specifically concerned about sinking the hotel room, […]

  • Ep 15: How to write a book in 5 words a day

    Episode 15 of James and Ashley Stay at Home is out now, and it’s chock full of writing tips. Can you write a bestselling novel through the simple process of 5 words a day? Technically yes, though it would take you 43.8 years to complete a first draft. We suggest better writing tips, like these: […]

  • Yes, exploding spider babies are real

    One of my favourite things to do in Australia is ask people for their spider stories. Everyone who’s lived here has at least one good one. I wrote about a few of them, including one of my own, in How to Be Australian. After nearly 10 years in Australia, I started to think maybe there […]

  • Ep 13: Navigating creative anxiety with Kate Mildenhall

    In episode 13 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we interview the legend herself, Kate Mildenhall. Kate’s debut novel Skylarking was longlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and the Indie Book Awards 2017. Kate co-hosts The First Time podcast with author Katherine Collette. Her latest novel, The Mother Fault, is out now in […]

  • Ep 11: Stuff it up, we want to hate this too!

    In episode 11 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we talk to London-based comedian Anthony Jeannot about getting into stand-up comedy (and what everyone says when you tell them you do stand-up), along with tips for anxiety management. It was only after Anthony quit six jobs in four months that someone suggested he might […]

  • Ep 6: Our Man Booker contenders

    Episode 6 of James and Ashley Stay at Home features James and I sharing our early experiences as writers – which always make for entertaining stories – and three tips we’ve learned along the way. You can listen to it here. James wrote his first novel at age seven. Frankly, it sounds like a masterpiece […]