A chain of events occurs that culminates in a battle between all five worlds. This was released in My contribution to this book was eight short stories and a novella. The novella — The Real Deal. This was launched in I simply love to write. I had done this about twenty years ago with some success and found that the topics and criteria always made me create something quite new. I like to explore characters viewpoints and reactions in situations where their voice might be something foreign to me but believable to the reader. Dual Visions started way back when I had a young son.
My husband asked what I was doing at the ironing board in the laundry with a notebook and pen. I was writing. I had the idea and I had to put in on paper.
When my son was in Primary School, I wrote for two hours every morning before I had to get ready for work. All the time, these books have characters that are in my mind. When I come to write the story, I need to fit it all together. Often needing a great deal of editing after the basic work is done.
A first draft is very much a work in progress. Then begin the most important work, editing.
Never think you know it all, believe in yourself, be persistent and keep going. Do you have tips on choosing titles?
I always start with a working title and in the case of Dual Visions, I found other books with titles like my working title, so I needed something different. It may sound weird, but I woke up in the middle of the night and rushed to write it down. I dreamt the title.
Short story titles come from the theme or character. How do bad reviews and negative feedback affect you and how do you deal with them? The writing group I belong to critiques and helps give candid feedback. I love reshaping a story that has shortcomings. Sometimes, feedback can be surprising and take the story in a totally new direction. I love that. How has your creation process improved over time? My adult stories are romantic, and I may continue to evolve and change directions. What were the best, worst and most surprising things you encountered during the entire process of completing your books?
The best thing is joining writing groups. Being part of a group of like-minded people who share your enthusiasm.
They are great friends, inspiration and critiques from them are invaluable. The worst thing is having to deal with technology. I have Scrivener and really need to learn how to use it to simplify my life. A new computer would be a boon too. Do you tend towards personal satisfaction or aim to serve your readers?
Do you balance the two and how? I love to write and have always written the kind of story I enjoy reading. Science Fiction and Fantasy has always been the start. However, having to stretch and change to suit any competition criteria or theme, has always given me the opportunity to try something new. If you tap into emotions and make the reader feel them, you have created something magical.
Emotions that feel raw and really enhance any story. At one point in Dual Visions, I wrote a scene that was very dramatic. The result was satisfying when one reader a co-worker of mine at the time came to work and said — Jill how could you do that? The emotional feeling, I had while writing that scene, shone through for the reader. Just write whenever you can, as much as you can. And read, read, read. Writing is a solitary and often insecure process. I need this advice myself — believe in yourself.
Sign yourself as an author and believe it.
Why should passion a pauper makes? Tell us some quirky facts about yourself? I grew up in Victoria in Australia, the colder southern states. I hated getting chilblains like frostbite on my fingers, which I did every year in Victoria. When our son was young, I moved north with my family to warmer climes in Queensland, twenty-seven years ago. I smiled when going to the doctors for my flu injection the nurse took my temperature with a little white hover on your forehead device.
Now the best part of Somerset is there are times you can get more bang for your buck by going to panel sessions. The sure to be winners in my book. She also writes non-fiction about dream houses, teen movies and ways to map a city.
She lives in Melbourne and is currently working on a memoir about her formative female influences. Before writing YA fiction, Fiona worked as a screenwriter. She lives in Melbourne. ADY — not the confident A-Lister she appears to be.
KATE — brainy border taking risks to pursue the music she loves. CLEM — disenchanted swim-star losing her heart to the wrong boy. All are targeted by PSST, a toxic website that deals in gossip and lies. The Year 10 Wellness program. Nice try — but sometimes all it takes is three girls. Exploring friendship, feminism, identity and belonging.
Now to my notes, after the introduction of all three ladies, Cath Crowley began with a reading from the book. The end of that scene shows Clem practising playing the cello alone and not wanting anyone to see her. Fiona , we had the same publisher and attended the same writing retreat. Cath , me too. Fiona , we were already friends and were well down the road to creating together.
Cath , though trying to tie the story together, the editing is the most difficult thing, we were constantly applying changes, the editor on her shoulder with two other people made it ok. What the book is about effects teenagers our age. Simmone — the main thing online lumber secrets that are negative, toxic, viral things — each girl individual thing to deal with — Clem back to her own body image and finding a place in the world.
Cath — wade into the world.
Steel owned by robber baron J. The story is about love, friendship, to make you laugh or cry and what is there to know. Crime and thriller writers are always an integral part of Books by the Beach. Andrew Carnegie also established pension funds to benefit steelworkers and college professors. Where do your ideas come from?
Simmone — pre-planning, Fiona TV writing experience — getting the details. Fiona — this will be so much fun, chapter planning each one of us had a character.
Each, two writers, write the same scene, from different points of view. Cath — we mapped out where the characters stand in relation to one another. Simmone — people remember differently.