It’s kind of hard to believe we’re already over halfway through 2016! Where does the time go?! Don’t ask me, I don’t know. So, it’s been 10 months since my last R.M. Allinson release. What have I been doing with my lazy backside, you might ask. I have a confession. I have another pen name.… Continue reading 2016 mid-year check-in!
I’m such a bad blogger. My second book, The Long Road Home is out in the wide world! (And has been for over two weeks, oops.) It’s not a sequel to The Last Day on Earth, but more of a parallel novel, looking at what Lucy’s sister is going through over in Canada. You can… Continue reading The Long Road Home
Happy 2014, everyone! I hope this year treats you well 🙂 The last six months or so have gone by in a bit of a fast-paced blur. I quit my job as a technical writer in Canada in September and moved back home to Australia in October via a nice little holiday in Hawaii (what?… Continue reading Happy New Year!
Disclaimer: There are literally thousands, tens of thousands, possibly even hundreds of thousands of authors who have fantastic prose, worlds, ethics, and lifestyles that due to the limited number of hours in a day and years in a life I will never come to know. I wish I was immortal, but alas, this is based… Continue reading (Some of) my literary idols
Writing about events that really happened in your life is a lot harder than I imagined. Wait, no, writing about them is easy. Writing something interesting about them is hard. For quite a while, I’ve wanted to write a book about my family’s experiences in Kiribati. Back in 1996, my parents packed up the family… Continue reading Memoirs are easy. Good memoirs are hard.
On a writer’s forum that I frequent, there’s currently a thread about family – unsupportive family. Parents, siblings and cousins that just don’t get the whole writing thing, keep asking when the writer is going to get a “real job”, have never read any of the writer’s books, and just generally unsupportive. My family is… Continue reading Yay, Family!
It’s been exactly one month since The Last Day on Earth went live on Amazon. I had a very soft release. I told a handful of people, then after a few weeks and a cover change, announced it to my wider circle. Initial responses have, on the whole, been supportive and positive. As of typing,… Continue reading First Month!
Ah English. Such a varied language. It’s no secret that I’m Australian, and hence write in Australian English, and thanks to living and working in Canada for 3 years, chuck a few Canadianisms in the mix for good measure. I’ve been living here for 3 years and only recently realised that all those times I’ve… Continue reading Lost in Translation
The problem with letting your family read your fiction is that they start trying to guess who all the characters “really are”! Dad, just because the mother in The Last Day on Earth drinks a lot of tea, doesn’t mean that the characters is based on, or even just Mum in disguise. I took the tea… Continue reading When you let your family read your fiction…
Hello February! Amazing how time flies, isn’t it. January was just gobbled up. It will be 2014 before we know it. The release went a bit better than I expected. I’m still torn between shouting it from the rooftops, and hiding in a hole, not telling anyone and wishing I’d published it under a super-secret… Continue reading First Week!