While I was in France back in April I did an interview with Mollat, one of the biggest bookshops over there, located in Bordeaux. Here is the interview, with subtitles for French readers.
Sometimes you need to get away to immerse yourself in writing. That's what I did last week: I set up a writing retreat in the landscape where my next novel is set. What a great excuse to go to Tasmania! I found a small cottage in the south-east overlooking the water, and I wrote. I drove a lot too, and visited the Tahune Air Walk and went boating on the Huon River and wandered around the small towns and little wharves, and walked along the water's edge. It helped with my writing. In my little cottage, with the wood-fire burning, I wrote late into the night. I lived in my own head space and within the skins of my characters.
Now I'm home and the momentum is continuing. All I need to do is look at the many photos I took, and I'm back there, remembering the light and shade over water, and the cold air nipping my nose.
Recently, Rachel Fetherston penned a very thoughtful and insightful review of 'The Stranding' for 'Wild Melbourne', an organisation that strives to connect people living in urban environments with nature. I connected with Rachel after she wrote a very interesting piece in 'Overland' on eco-fiction - a category into which my work fits nicely.
Here is a link to her article in 'Overland' (click here)
And here is a link to her lovely review of 'The Stranding' in 'Wild Melbourne' (click here)
Here is a story about a wonderful event I had in Lille with the second biggest bookstore in France: Le Furet du Nord. This bookshop has NINE levels! That's huge. They also have a feature wall a bit like something out of a Harry Potter movie, and more books than you've ever seen. It was like dying and going to heaven!
Paris is an amazing city: so full of history and wonderful architecture and incredible museums and galleries. I'm here to do some promotions for my books which are going very well over here - the French love nature and landscapes, and they are way ahead of us in their thinking about sustainability and the impact of humans on the Earth. My family and I have had a few days exploring the city, and now I'm in the swing of doing publicity videos and events with my wonderful publishers over here: Les Escales and Le Livre do Poche. Her I am having fund with friendly French readers last night, at a cute little bookshop called Mots en Marge, run by the dynamic Nathalie.
I have just returned from a lovely gathering with readers from Thirroul Library. I enjoyed sharing my thoughts on writing to reconnect people with country, a major focus of my work in this modern world of fixation on screens and technology. I also talked about finding the heart in the story when writing a book. Its'a all about connection, whichever way you look at it. Thank you to Peta Moss (Librarian) for organising the event, and to Dean Swift Books from Nowra for coming along to sell books. And thank you to all those lovely readers to came to hear me speak.
I'm delighted that two of my books will be released in France this week. 'Le Murmure du vent" (the Grass Castle, published by Les Escales, and "La Maison des hautes falaises" (The Stranding), published by Livre de poche.
"The Lightkeeper's Wife" was published in Italian some years ago as 'Il Colore del Mare in Tempesta". It seems to be having a resurgence given the international success in France. Here is a link to a recent Italian review.
"The Lightkeeper's Wife" is also being translated into Spanish.
Here are some photos of the lighthouse and guiding light at Wollongong from my trip a couple of weeks ago. I never can resist visiting lighthouses.
Last week I drove to Young and Parkes to talk with readers at the local libraries. Spring had arrived magnificently with vast fields of canola flowering and everything else wet and green and warm. I had the opportunity to visit the Dish at Parkes, where one of my favourite films was set. And I had an adventurous drive, dodging floodwaters. Here are a few photos from my trip.
Very excited to have finally updated my website. It's one of those things that authors keep putting off. Sometimes we'd rather write a whole novel than deal with technology. But here it is. I've conquered a new platform, and it's ready to go.