Phew! It's been a busy week and a half for me, both personally and professionally. This is why there have not been as many updates to my blog as usual. Despite being on leave from my day job for a few weeks, I have been flat out with other things, mainly whipping the manuscript for my next novel, Cats, Scarves and Liars into shape. Cats, Scarves and Liars is an offbeat thriller about a young woman who works in a post office and is being stalked by one of the regular customers there. He also knows some pretty dark secrets about her past. (It's not at all autobiographical, so don't sweat that one.) This one is a little well ... unpredictable in places and it includes a few quirky plot twists. (Like talking cats. Okay. I feel like a weirdo now.) Seriously, this one was a lot of fun to write and is a bit different from my other books.
|The gorgeous entrance to Adelaide Writers' Week,
King William Road, North Adelaide.
I spent a good amount of time last week enjoying many of the sessions at Adelaide Writers' Week. I got to hear some amazing authors speak and learn a little more about their work and their careers. Hearing New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox speak was definitely a highlight for me--I had never heard of her work before, but her novel Wake intrigued me a bit and I later found myself purchasing a copy from the book tent. Other highlights included hearing Dutch author Adrian van Dis talk about his latest novel, which is set in modern South Africa, and listening to Chinese poet Yian Lian read his poetry in his native language. I also purchased copies of novels by Margaret Drabble, Vikki Wakefield and Michelle De Krester which I hope to eventually review on this blog.
Travelling to and from Writers' Week I was lucky enough to have several rides on the newly purchased electric trains--followers from interstate and overseas may be surprised to learn that Adelaide has started converting its suburban railways from diesel to electric in recent years. So fat, only one line is complete. Last Friday, I attended a book signing at Collins Booksellers Edwardstown with author Victoria Purman and chatted with her briefly about the South Australian setting of her two novels, Someone Like You and Nobody But Him. As a local South Aussie girl with a longstanding family connection to the Fleurieu Peninsula, I'll be very interested to read some of her descriptions of the local area. The romantic element looks like a bit of fun too.
Over the next week, I have a couple of reviews and an author interview to publish and I am hoping to revive the Friday Funnies feature, as I have skipped that one for the last couple of weeks.