Outback Writer

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Coincidence or something strange?

When I was writing my novel about student opera singers I was working on a scene with a young soprano at her audition. She was singing Vissi d'arte from the opera Tosca. At that moment the aria Vissi d'arte came onto the radio. It made me feel shivery.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Suspicion Points


There is a long list of suspects. There is also a long list of motives. There is a long list of people who had strong reasons to want Bridget dead.

But was Bridget the intended victim of the fire that killed her family?




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crime novel

Monday, April 14, 2014

Australian outback



There is nothing more dramatic than family life, and the plot of Eumeralla reflects this with spot on psychological accuracy. Expect to be surprised. One of the main themes is the failure of adults to realise that children grow up into real people, with inconveniently passionate emotions and the ability to ask awkward questions. Plus the unpredictability of falling in love.

There is a vivid portrayal of life in the Australian outback thirty years ago. This included descriptions of the beauty of the land, plus background conservation issues, problems with water and sanitation (the flushing toilet sub plot is surprisingly effective) and useful information about spiders and snakes.

The author shows how the physical isolation of the characters intensifies their emotions. Thirty years ago there was no chance of escape via computers, world wide networking or texting. And everyone has to work together to keep the farm going and the animals and themselves fed. Love is felt more deeply, but so is estrangement and hatred.

At the end of the book I was left with a single question. What happened next?




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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Opera & Passion


A woman with a secret.
An inquisitive journalist.
Opera students divided by ambition, love and politics.

Here is what some people have said about Vissi d'arte :

Absolute perfection. This should already be a bestseller. The world is missing out on a truly gifted author.

Love, passion and opera - all in one novel.

Enough hooks to reel in a shark.

Kindle - UK and US

 
 
Paperback - UK and US
 
 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Murder


Bridget is a young woman with a lot of enemies, but was she the intended victim of the fire that killed her family?

Suspicion Points - a detective novel. Kindle & paperback.


 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Secrets