Tag: Australian fiction

  • 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 51 Finding something purely for yourself with award-winning author Dinuka McKenzie

    When Dinuka McKenzie first sat down to write a novel, she had no dreams of publication – or understanding of the craft of fiction. She was the working mother of two young kids, feeling like everyone wanted something from her all the time. All she wanted was to do something that was purely for herself. Now […]

  • Ep 48 Building community after loss with author Shankari Chandran

    How do we build community and a sense of self after loss, especially the kind of loss that echoes for generations? In episode 48, James and I talk to Australian author Shankari Chandran about her latest novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, and how her efforts to find connection in the writing community echo her […]

  • The top 10 most popular episodes of James and Ashley Stay at Home

    James and Ashley Stay at Home, the podcast I co-host with author James McKenzie Watson, is about to hit 50 episodes. We’ve been exploring writing, creativity and health since way back in June 2020, and we’ve talked to an amazing variety of guests. If you live with chronic illness or have a writing or creative […]

  • My big acting debut

    Like everything else this year, my big acting debut happened while I was alone in my apartment, staring into the tiny green dot glowing above my computer screen. And here it is! Okay, yes, it’s just a quick video highlighting the great audiobooks available from my first publisher, Spineless Wonders, and the best app to […]

  • Ep 45 Writing the book you need with Jacinta Dietrich, author of This Is Us Now

    When Jacinta Dietrich’s boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer, she turned to fiction to find this new terrain explored on the page. Except she couldn’t find her story. While there were lots of narratives involving cancer, Jacinta was looking for a story that involved a young couple involved in a newer – but crucially, established – […]

  • Ep 37 ‘The diagnosis was everything to me’

    In episode 37 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we speak to two neurodiverse authors about receiving diagnoses as adults, oversharing, figuring themselves out through their writing, and so much more. Anna Whateley is an #OwnVoices author and proudly autistic, with ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Her debut novel, Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal, is […]

  • Ep 33 Writing yourself back to health with Joanna Nell, GP and bestselling author

    Joanna Nell worked as a GP until a 10-pin bowling accident led to her becoming a bestselling author. Now, she jokes that she works part-time as a GP and full-time as a writer. Her novels feature ‘young-at-heart characters who are not afraid to break the rules and defy society’s expectations of ageing’. In episode 33 […]

  • Ep 32 Writing the story you want to write with author RWR McDonald

    When RWR (Rob) McDonald was writing his award-winning debut novel The Nancys, he was working full time in a high-stress job, studying a master’s degree, and was also a dad to two young girls. Around the time he got a literary agent, he decided to take a step down, career-wise, into a lower-stress role. Which […]