Category: Books

  • Five more great reads for your TBR pile

    Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid I loved this debut novel from US author Kiley Reid. Her writing explores race and class in America in an engaging, distinctive voice. The protagonist, Emira, and the young girl she babysits, are the kind of endearing, vibrant characters that have stayed with me. You can hear me discuss […]

  • Publishing deal news!

    After so long, I can finally share this news! I’ve signed a two-book deal with the incredible team at Ultimo Press for my new novel, a psychological thriller. It’s been a long strange journey to get here but it turns out deep in my soul I’m a crime writer. I probably should have guessed when […]

  • An onlooker at the Carnival of Snackery

    ‘When is the last time an actual human interaction made you laugh more thana meme did?’ – Samantha Irby If I hadn’t been immersed in the Sedarian worldview, I probably wouldn’t have made the offhand joke about ghosts to the ferry attendant. I definitely wouldn’t have caught that his intention, when he asked me about […]

  • Join me for these upcoming events!

    I’ve been raving about the award-winning novel Denzien, written by my podcast co-host and friend James McKenzie Watson, and now I get to launch his book! This event is going to be one of my highlights of the year, so if you’re in Sydney, please join us! Launch of Denizen by James McKenzie WatsonThursday 28 […]

  • Ep 58 When your body betrays you with author Rae Cairns

    After a broken finger brought on a debilitating illness, author Rae Cairns lost two years as her doctors searched for the right treatment. A bad reaction to drugs caused her hair to fall out. When her health had stabilised enough for her to return to writing, she lost her literary agent. Undeterred, Rae self-published her […]

  • Ep 56 How to survive a stalker with Ellis Gunn, author of Rattled

    ‘If he wants to follow me, I can’t stop him.’ After a random encounter with poet and author Ellis Gunn at an auction, a stranger decides to stalk her. Years later, she sits down to write about the experience – and realises it’s connected to a lifetime of gendered abuse, including surviving both sexual assault […]

  • Ep 55 A very overcomeable fear with author Katherine Collette

    The first time Katherine Collette attended a Toastmasters meeting, she immediately thought, ‘This would be great for satire.’ Toastmasters is a public speaking organisation that started in the US over 90 years ago, and now has over 300,000 members in 149 countries – and both Katherine and I are past members. Toastmasters is also the […]

  • Ep 54 Living with ambiguous loss, with author Erin Stewart

    A lot of true crime cases start the same way – someone didn’t show up at work, or didn’t come home on time. Their family or friends go to the police to report them missing, but the police tell them they have to wait, or don’t act on the information, or don’t believe the family members. […]

  • Ep 53 Happiness in a turbulent world with award-winning author Fiona Robertson

    Fiona Robertson lived with migraines for years, writing short stories as a creative pursuit. Now she’s free from migraines and the award-winning author of the debut short story collection, If You’re Happy. Her work explores the lives of lonely people seeking happiness in a turbulent world. In episode 53 of James and Ashley Stay at […]