Great writing tips from a prize winning, published author

 Spires of Kurrong cover front smlToday, Malcolm Wells, author of The Spires of Kurrong, answers some hard questions. His answers give us insight into his writing process and tips for other writers.

Q. Do you have any tips for writers about the writing process or the path to publishing?

A. My only tip would be if you want to write, then just do it. Join a writers group with like-minded people and get feedback and support.

Q. What are the greatest obstacles you’ve experienced on your writing journey?

A. Having so many other interests as well. In the past, I could never find enough time to write, especially when I was running my own business.

Q. What do you love most about writing books?

A. Seeing my words in print.

Q. What advice would you have for anyone wanting to write a book in your genre?

A. Read what other people are writing in your chosen genre. Find your own voice and don’t try to imitate a favourite author. I once made that mistake trying to write stories in the style of H P Lovecraft, a master of the horror story genre.

Q. Other than writing, what else do you love?

A. Photography. Playing Golden Oldies rugby. Environmental issues. Gardening.

Q. What were you in a past work life (if anything) before you became a writer?

A. I began my working life as a glazier, then moved to management in the trade. I moved to managing a computer training company for a family member. I then began work in the Bush Regeneration/conservation field. When I retired, I was running my own company in Bush Regeneration.

Q. Describe your perfect day.

A. Write for four or five hours in the morning. Take a walk on the beach or in nearby bushland. Take plenty of wildlife or landscape photos. Spend the evening uploading photos, editing them.

Q. What five words best sum you up?

A. Inquisitive – dedicated – loyal – hyper-active – content

To read the first chapter of The Spires of Kurrong go to


For many generations the people of the spires believed they were the only living human race left on their planet. They had been told that Daemons had inhabited the planet surface and driven their ancestors into the domed cities. When Markus and Filona fall in love, they break the strict laws of the domes. Markus is son of the Prefect of Alpha Dome, Filona an innkeepers daughter and their union is forbidden.

The couple flee to the planet surface, despite thoughts of the dangers they might face. What they find there will astound them. The decisions they make for their future will have a dramatic effect on the whole planet.

Book Information:

TITLE: The Spires of Kurrong

AUTHOR: Malcolm Wells

ISBN: 978-0-9942463-1-8

FORMATS: Paperback and eBook

EXTENT: 244 pages

AU RRP: eBook: $4.99

Paperback: $20.00

PUBLISHER: Morris Publishing Australia

CATEGORY: Sci Fi/fantasy

AUDIENCE:  Young Adult


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Paperback and eBook available on Morris Publishing’s website, Amazon and many online stores. 

To learn more information about the book and Malcolm follow the blog tour:

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Improve your chances of being published and never pay an editor again

With the way publishing is going, with fewer and fewer books being accepted, having your manuscript polished so it needs little work is going to give you your best chance of success. No matter how good your story is, if the publisher sees that they have to pay an editor thousands of dollars to make it ready for publishing they will reject it.

If writers write without the necessary skills and prior knowledge of what publishers are looking for, they end up with the kind of manuscripts I read weekly; ones that are nowhere near publishing ready. If the writers of these manuscripts don’t take advice on how to improve them and self-publish, they end up as the type of eBooks that are flooding the market and giving self-published books a bad name. The authors of these books are also giving themselves a bad name and spoiling their chances of ever being published by a publishing house.

After the first draft, a writer needs to know how to edit their writing and polish it to the standard necessary before it is submitted. They can’t do it themselves if they don’t know what is necessary. One alternative is to hire an editor to polish it for them and pay thousands of dollars. Wouldn’t it be better to invest in a little education and never have to pay an editor again?

Would you go to a doctor who just decided to be a doctor without learning how to do that first? Becoming a successful writer is the same. What we learnt at school is not enough to make you successful writer. My advice is to take as many writing courses as you can to improve your writing.

Below are some of the things I find missing in the manuscripts I read.

Strong well developed characters, each different from the other.

Many writers make the mistake of having characters who are too similar to each other and not well enough developed. Humans are not the same; we are multidimensional beings. While some people may have one or two similarities, we also have several different beliefs and habits. To keep our readers hooked on the story we need them to relate to our main character or characters and care enough about them to want to read on and find out what happens to them.

A sense of place is another thing that is frequently missing. When we read a novel with a graphic description of the setting, we are transported to that place. If the description is too brief, then we have no idea what physical situation our characters are in and we lose interest.

Passive writing is another problem. Passive sentences flatten a scene – especially an action scene. Some are okay, but the industry norm is no more than 6% of passive sentences in a manuscript.

Emotion is often missing. Many stories I read tell us just the facts. If we don’t understand how our characters feel about a situation they are in then we won’t relate to them.

Do yourself a favour and invest in workshops that will save you thousands and cost you much less.

Make this your year

DSCF3005I hope you’ve had a great start to the new year; a nice break, a bit of free time to rest, catch up with family, read those ‘must read’ books you’ve been piling up all year; or time to write. We so often get caught up with pleasing others that we forget to do the things that feed our soul. I know that writing feeds mine. I have decided that this is the year I take time for me; to do some more writing, as well as help others achieve their dream of doing the same.

Often we put off what is important to us. But a happy life is about balance. Time to nurture others and time to nurture yourself. Don’t get caught up thinking that you’ll get there “one day”. Because life is short. And if you don’t make time now, then “one day” may never come. If you have ambitions to be a skilled writer, take the first step to learning all you can and start your journey. Make this your year to invest in your future and achieve your dreams.

My partner Ron Day and I are excited to announce that a purpose built writing and illustration workshop venue will soon be constructed on our property near Kilcoy. Here you will be able to retreat to the beautiful countryside to attend workshops conducted by me, Ron, and many visiting authors and illustrators. We will start with one and two day workshops, with the option of over-night accommodation arranged for the two day workshops, and plan to hold a mini festival involving many different tutors before the end of the year. The photo above is a part of the view from the workshop venue. I sit and look at that every morning when I am having breakfast.

If your dream is to be a published author, make this your year. Our workshops will start at the end of February. A full schedule of workshops by Ron and me is on The Gondor Writers’ Centre website. Workshops by guest authors will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. If our building is not completed in time, we will hold the first one in Kilcoy. To learn more about our workshops go to our website,

New book for horse-loving kids

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Opal Dreaming – The Marble Horses by Jennifer Crane.

Sunshine Coast author, Jennifer Crane, has released the second children’s fiction novel in the Opal Dreaming series titled Opal Dreaming The Marble Horses. The story is set in Ancient Athens and follows on from The Bronze Horses, which is set on the Eurasian Steppes. The Opal Dreaming series traces the evolution of horses and riding from the Bronze Age to the modern Olympics, through the dreams of the thirteen-year-old Australian girl, Erin.

Jennifer is an experienced horse rider and competitor and explains, ‘Horses and horse riding have played a pivotal role in our own cultural advancement. Many horse management and riding methods used centuries ago are still used today. So my stories aim to meld the historical and modern to provide an understanding of equestrian knowledge in an entertaining format that children can relate to, and if they are riders themselves, use.’

Jennifer’s first published work was ‘Spillover: A Memoir’ about the death of her horse to Hendra Virus in 2006. She has also had a number of her children’s short stories published and received minor awards for her writing.  Jennifer is currently studying a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and Literature through Central Queensland University.

Jennifer’s daughter, Jaclyn Crane, who is studying graphic design at Sunshine Coast University, has designed the cover artwork for both The Bronze Horses and The Marble Horses. Jaclyn recently won a highly competitive national student design award for an imaginary issue of the esteemed design industry publication, DG Magazine.

SYNOPSIS: The Marble Horses

Thirteen year old Erin loves horses and riding. After dreaming of the Bronze Age horses, she is starting to like history. Now curious about Ancient Greek horses, Erin again drifts into an opal dream.

Agis, a teenage boy, travels alone from Sparta to Athens where Diodorus gives him work at the stables. Agis earns the trust of a vicious black stallion, but is targeted by the jealous, Tellus. When the stallion escapes, Agis is suspected and threatened with punishment of death or slavery. Will Agis keep his freedom and survive to fulfil his dream of riding a horse?

When Erin wakes from her dream, she realises she can use what she has learnt about horses from the Ancient Greeks.

The Opal Dreaming series books are available from Books of Buderim and Rosetta Books Maleny, Australian Writers Rock Eumundi Markets, direct from Jennifer and from Morris Publishing Australia at

For more information or for an interview, please contact Jennifer on 07 54949 24/ mobile 0434726703 or email or Elaine Ouston,  Morris Publishing Australia on 54 981 332 or at

The life and times of Adem Besim

His powerful, emotive, Younadem 1 croppedg Adult novel, My Unforgettable Year, is about a year in the life of a youth growing up in Kyabram. It covers many issues that teens in our society are facing and has many important messages for its teen readers – messages on dealing with peer and parental pressure, raising awareness to report bullying, the serious dangers of drink-driving, suicide prevention, binge drinking, and dealing with loss and first love. It is written in the first person voice of a 17 year-old boy.

When I asked Adem if the story was autobiographical, he told me, ‘There are certain similarities between my protagonist, Nathan Thompson, and myself. It’s not long since I was his age and we were both born and raised in Kyabram. The way he sees some things is also the way I do, or did at his age. We’ve both had our own set of obstacles. Some of the people who read my earlier drafts of the novel told me that he sounds like me – which was to be expected. The story is not my story, but I think that there is a part of every author in their characters, because the characters are a part of them.’

When I asked him about his background, he told me, “I have lived in Kyabram, Vitoria since the day I was born.

“I am the youngest of four – I have two older sisters and a brother. While my family and I were born in Australia, my ancestors are of Albanian and Cyprian descent.

“I am studying full-time for a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at Bendigo TAFE. In the past, I have studied for a Certificate 3 in Fitness and worked at two different supermarkets. I guess my journey as a writer began when I was 14-years-old and started writing stories in a large notebook. I didn’t finish my first one until I was 15.

“Writing a novel was always my biggest goal, which is what I focused on for a long time.

“I guess the most interesting thing about my life growing up is that I was an outspoken rebel at school. I was always turning up late and getting detentions – I was suspended twice. I had no desire to work or start driving when I turned 16. I was the opposite to my three older siblings. I even had someone say to me, ‘You’ll never amount to anything.’

“After I finished school, I had to find my way in the world and felt pretty lost. Getting a job and making money gave me a better sense of independence and maturity – and learning to be on time! But my passion has always been to write books and get them published. This is definitely a dream come true.”


This is a coming-of-age story about triumph and tragedy, love and loss, acceptance and letting go.

Life’s looking pretty awesome for 17-year-old, Nathan Thompson. He’s the goal-kicking superstar from the small town of Kyabram. Nathan’s in his final year of school and has big plans set for the future; like winning the Thirds’ premiership cup, acing his Year Twelve exams, and finally graduating. One problem – his tough and over-bearing father, Mark, has other plans for him. He desperately wants Nathan to be the next AFL player to come out of Kyabram.

He seems set to stop Nathan from following his dreams of studying architecture at university. But a thirty-year-old secret of Mark’s that resurfaces on Nathan’s 18th birthday changes everything. Will it force Nathan and his father further apart or help them reconcile their fragile relationship?

On top of that problem, Nathan’s year gets worse as he deals with death, bullying and first love.

Visit Jill Smith on 23rd for the first review of this gripping story.

Adding to our blog tour, we will now be visiting Di Bates on 24th for another section of the interview with Adam.

Blog Tour schedule:

Nov-14 Interview
Nov-15 Interview
Nov-16 publisher’s notes
Nov-19 interview
Nov-20 interview

Nov 24



Nov 27 review
Dec-01 review by Di Bates
Dec-04 review




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From writing science resource books to fantasy fiction is a huge leap for any writer …

Royce Bond head shot flipMany writers start off in one genre and then change to another. Or write in several genres, but not too many go from writing science for children and teacher resources to writing fantasy/science fiction books. I asked Royce to explain how this radical change took place.

‘I changed from writing science for children and teacher resources to fantasy, because I felt I had stories in my mind that wanted to be told. I am firmly of the belief that stories control the writer and not the other way around. A story teller is someone who can’t help him/herself, he/she has to tell stories.

Our whole lives are bathed in stories and it is the story teller who can take these and create a coherent whole, so someone else can read them. If you are a story teller, you have to tell stories, whether it be as a book, or orally, you simply can’t help yourself.

I have always been a story teller. My writing of non-fiction was like an apprenticeship in writing. In was during those years that I learned my craft. Even though at that time I was making good money with my science books and I was travelling the country free of charge (paid by the publishers) I felt dissatisfied.

I eventually cancelled my contracts, because I didn’t want money to be the motivation for me to write; besides I loved being a teacher. There were other reasons as well.

Cover front 2I began to write fiction, with no hope or plans for publishing, I just loved the joy of writing, creating and sharing with my own children. I now had no deadline pressures, no editors to worry about; I could get lost in my own world and enjoy it.

I am now back to that position and I am loving it. I am free to write what I want, when I want and even to stop writing for a while, so I can get immersed in another interest. I am currently making bamboo flutes and the act of making these is inspiring me to write a fantasy story about an apprentice bamboo flute maker.

I have one book to finish, “The Hunter.” It’s a sequel to “The Knights of Katesch.” Once it is completed and my children have a copy I will begin “The Flute Maker.” ‘

Royce Bond

Follow the blog tour by selecting the link below. Each day you will learn a little more about this exciting book and its unique author.


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Rockhampton resident, Royce Bond, published his first book, Kitchen Science, with Ashton Scholastic after he won the prestigious National B.H.P. /C.S.I.R.O. Science Teacher’s Award. This book was used in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and in some schools in South America. Many books in the science field followed.

Since his retirement, he has changed his writing to young adult fantasy novels. The Princess and The Pirate, the first in the series The Knights of Katesch was published by Morris Publishing Australia in 2013.

Royce is available for school visits. Please phone Elaine on 07 54 981 332 or email

Tottie and Dot

?????Today I have great pleasure in hosting two lovely young ladies on my blog. Tottie and Dot.

These delightful young ladies were created by the lovely Tania McCartney and the brilliant illustrator, Tina Snerling. Congratulations to them both.

To tell you a little about the process of bringing these young ladies into our homes, we welcome also the publisher’s editor who was clever enough to select this book.

A Publisher’s Picture Book Perspective

I would be the first person to admit that my job is not brain surgery. I am not saving lives. However, I like to think that creating picture books is a job that improves lives. Every time I see a child open a picture book (any book, not necessarily one I’ve worked on), and watch as their face lights up, I realise once again the importance of books. Which means that when I spend hours fretting over the tiniest details, I can reassure myself that I’m not wasting my time. It all matters. Take Tottie and Dot for example.

This gorgeous explosion of happiness was created by two incredibly talented people. Author Tania McCartney has the gift of making little girls’ dreams come true, while illustrator Tina Snerling has a knack for turning words into visual magic. As you can imagine, that combination of talent and passion meant we had several ‘key’ issues to resolve in the book. Here are just three!

1. The great font debate.

The original ‘T’ in ‘Tottie’ had a curvaceous kick at the end. The only problem was that at first glance it might have been difficult to read for some — a major consideration for possible foreign rights sales, where English isn’t the first language and alphabets can differ. We didn’t want ‘Tottie’ becoming ‘Jottie’! So a more refined, pared-back ‘T’ appeared.

  1. The mystery of the missing bird

Each girl in Tottie and Dot has a cat. And each cat appears on every spread. Similarly, each girl is always accompanied — somewhere — by a little bird. Except for when we lost one … Tina knew she’d put it in, but at one point in the process we just couldn’t find it. We really couldn’t. Eventually I enlisted the help of my six-year-old daughter, who found it in a flash. Crisis over.

  1. Numbering houses

Originally, Tottie lived at number 35 and Dot lived at number 36. They were neighbours. But then, one day, driving home I realised that that’s not how we number houses. It’s odds on one side of the street; evens on the other. So Tottie and Dot changed addresses. Tottie now lives at number 36 and Dot lives at number 38.

I won’t even go into how we agonised over how the foam should look on the wave page, or how many frogs should be in the frog pond, or whether we needed another splash of pistachio on a Dot page or mauve on a Tottie page … Suffice to say, we fretted over it all, but we hope the end result brings a smile to your child’s face (and yours too!).

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Kissed by A Croc

John Lever Kissed by a croc cover Today I have pleasure in reviewing a book about one of CQ’s local heroes, John Lever. The book Kissed by A Croc, the life story of this fascinating man, was written by Jenny Lanyon.

Book Description

Bushie meets crocs. John Lever is one of the outback’s seriously tough characters. He owns Australia’s largest croc farm that’s home to 3000 saltwater crocs. Meet John Lever – adventurer, storyteller, traveller and owner of Koorana Crocodile Farm – and one of the world’s foremost experts in the behaviour and management of Crocodylus porosus, the Australian saltwater crocodile. For almost half a century the crocs have fascinated John Lever; he courted, counted, cajoled and captured them as a wildlife officer in the remote waterways of Papua New Guinea, before returning home to Australia to establish the first commercial crocodile farm in outback Queensland. Along the way he has accumulated some great tales – like the time he wrestled an unrestrained croc while flying at 4000 feet – and knows more about the Australian salty than just about anyone.


Kissed by A Croc is a biography of the life of John Lever, one of the world’s foremost experts in the behaviour and management of the Australian saltwater crocodile. The story was well researched by Jenny Lanyon, and is written in a style that is easy to read and reflects the true character of the man. It follows John’s journey from his boyhood to the present day in fascinating detail.

As I had met this man and knew of the powerful, confident persona he possesses, I was very interested to read his life story. I also know the writer, Jenny Lanyon through a writers group I had the pleasure of working with in Yeppoon.

While I knew of John’s involvement with crocodiles and his expertise in the field, I had no idea how long the fascination had gripped him.

His desire to better his situation was strong from his youth and his first venture of adding a dairy herd to his family’s chook farm was just the beginning. He went from that to life as a farmer growing vegetables in Terranora, Queensland and worked through a number of jobs including a stint as a schoolteacher and working for the CSIRO in Werribee before he found his true calling.

In 1972 he obtained a job in a wildlife research station in PNG. Absorbing material about his life in the back blocks of PNG, and his interaction with the people of the country, fill this section of the book. It was here that his fascination with crocodiles began. He became involved in crocodile farming and they became his life’s work. He helped the natives to set up breeding program and set up worldwide markets for the sales of the skins. The story of his time here is a bit like the story of Robinson Caruso. The primitive way he was forced to live to carry out his work is hard to comprehend when you compare it to how we lived in the same era.  There are many gripping tales of life in the region and dangerous liaisons with crocodile and man.

As in all things, politics soon interfered with this life there and he returned to Australia to reinvent himself. But he knew that crocodiles would always be a big part of his life and believed that he could conserve the reptiles by making them worth money. He started a breeding program in Australia. Eventually this obsession led him to Central Queensland and his present situation. But the story of his set up of his present venture and his experience with gaining approval was almost as daunting as his brushes with death with the very creature he was trying to save. Being the determined person he is he fought through it all and started his new life in CQ.

Almost half a century ago John stated the journey that led him to his position today. John and his family have the Koorana Crocodile Farm in Central Queensland. There his life’s work continues.

The best way to describe this story is to use an old adage, ‘Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction’.  That this story is true I have no doubt, but it reads like the best fictional adventure I have ever read. Do yourself a favour and buy the book. You won’t be sorry.


Peacemaker-CRToday I have great pleasure in posting a review of a new and exciting novel by Marianne de Pierres. I love Marianne’s books and this one didn’t disappoint. 

Title : Peacemaker

Author : Marianne De Pierres

Pages : 416

Published : April 29th 2014

Publisher : Angry Robot

Source : Netgalley


Virgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park – the world’s last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her, and she’s not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller.

When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. When the dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate, she decides on the latter.

Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner are standing in its path.

Review by Elaine Ouston.

I love Marianne’s writing style. This story is fast-paced and entertaining. The ‘wild west’ theme set in a future setting is original. It’s a unique and fascinating world that’s rich in detail.

The names made me smile. Nate Sixkiller is an appropriate name for this Texas Ranger. Even though it is an ironic name it suits the character, who can’t seem to keep his two guns in their pouches.

Then we have Virgin Jackson, an Australian park ranger who is anything but a virgin. She helps protect the last area of natural bush, on the edge of a sprawling coastal city.

Their two worlds collide when Nate is brought to Australia to help investigate out-of-this-world experiences that are occurring in the park that Virgin protects. Virgin has trouble believing him when he tells her these things are happening because of a rift between the worlds and sparks fly.

They are both strong well thought out and developed characters. Virgin is feisty and not afraid of getting hurt, and Marianne, as the author, is not afraid of hurting her, which is a refreshing change. Many authors have no trouble allowing the male characters to be injured, but balk at putting female characters in mortal danger.

Bodies abound – the first one in the park that is under Virgin’s care, the second in her apartment. This brings one of the secondary female character to the story, a detective who believes our hero is responsible. In an effort to clear herself, Virgin must work with Nate to find the real killer in a hostile part of this strange future city. To make matters worse, someone is out to harm or capture Virgin.

The secondary characters are as well developed as the main characters and the sub-plots of romance and friendships are as intricate as the main plotline.

One of the subplots, the unexplained death of Virgin’s father, seems to be tied to the strange things that are happening to Virgin.

This book has a mix of everything a great book should, mystery, suspense, fantasy, and awesome characters. We have a plot that has many layers and twists and turns. We have spiritual undertones, gang wars, myth and legend, and seemingly mystical animals that only the main characters can see, but the injuries they create are more than real, as Virgin finds out. The book has a suspenseful plot that will keep you turning the pages to see what will happen next. If you love a fast-paced, exciting story, this is a book for you.

Your young readers will love this book

DSCN1349Better late than never … The interview.

Left is a photo taken at the launch in Rosebud. Robert, the illustrator of the inside pictures and the clever cover, Kevin Burgemeestre, and me.

Today we are going to learn some fascinating personal facts about Robert:

Robert Favretto was born in Melbourne to Italian migrants from Trieste. He is a primary school teacher, and enjoys writing children’s fiction in his spare time. His latest book is On the Nose.

In 1998 he completed a Diploma of Children’s Writing, and the following year won first prize in the ‘Victorian School News Tickler of a Teacher Tale’ competition. His other publishing credits include CAT-astrophe, Leonardo’s Spot of Trouble and Lost for Words. He has also had his short story The Cuckoo Clock published in the CHARMS anthology.

Robert is a keen sportsman and past marathon runner. He has completed numerous fun runs and participated in the Rialto Tower Run-up a few times – until he realised it was much easier to catch the elevator.

Robert lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and children. He enjoys reading, gardening, and going on family holidays.cover finished

He answered these very personal questions for me.

Who is your favourite author and why?

I have many favourites, from Enid Blyton to Paul Jennings and Andy Griffiths. I enjoy their books because of their fantasy worlds, imaginative characters, and humorous storylines. I also like books from other authors that are interesting and can get to you emotionally – especially something with which you can connect.

When did you begin your writing journey?

After winning a short story competition, I completed a Diploma of Professional Children’s Writing and began submitting my work to various publishers. I had my first book ‘Lost for Words’ published in 2006, which officially kicked off my writing journey.

What is your greatest joy in writing?

I think the greatest joy any writer can experience is to have their work appreciated. It’s a wonderful moment when someone takes a ride through the pages of your book and tells you how much they enjoyed it.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part for me is finding the time to write. Being a full time teacher, a lot of my time is consumed with schoolwork. Therefore, I do most of my writing during the holidays, and try to balance it with some family time, and rest and recreation

What’s the easiest?

I have a notepad with plenty of story ideas I’ve accumulated over the years. That’s probably the easiest part for me. I’m hoping to put more pen to paper in the near future, especially when I retire from full time teaching.

Some writers have a preferred writing schedule. Do you?

Being a full time primary school teacher, I don’t have as much time to write as I would like. Therefore, I try to squeeze in a bit of writing during the holidays. It’s usually early in the morning, when things are quiet and I’m feeling energized. I aim to complete 2-3 hours of writing per day. I don’t set a word limit, as I feel this can vary depending on my creativity and what part of the story I’m working on.

Do you have a favourite place to write?

My favourite place to write is in my study. It’s quiet, there are no distractions, and it’s the perfect place to get my creative juices flowing. Some ferns and a palm tree outside my window add to a favourable atmosphere. My study is also conveniently near the kitchen for when I’m feeling a bit peckish.

As part of the blog tour, we will give away a copy of ‘On The Nose’. To be in the draw, simply comment on the post and send an email of your comment to with the subject “On The Nose competition”. Competition closes midnight EDST 15th April 2014. On The Nose (Morris Publishing Australia)

PB RRP $13.95

ISBN: 978-0-9875434-7-9


Justin Credible is a real live Pinocchio with a keen sense of smell. Trained as a super sleuth for the DNA (Department of Nasal Affairs), he is often called upon at the first sniff of trouble. With a nose for those hard to crack smelly cases, it’s no surprise when Justin responds to an urgent call for help. Someone or something has dropped a stink bomb in the city of Aroma – and the stench is devastating! Gardens are wilting, birds are dropping out of the sky, and the residents are leaving in droves!

With sleuth-like determination, Justin follows his nose to solve the mystery of the phantom smell before it wipes Aroma off the map!

ABOUT THE BOOK: On the Nose is a fun and entertaining read that I’m sure would be enjoyed by young boys. This story is along the same lines as the Just books and Captain Underpants series: crazy, funny, and really silly – everything a young boy loves in a book.


Join us for reviews and more interesting facts about Robert and the book as you follow the tour.

April 1st Review
April 2nd Interview
April 3rd Writing tips for kids
April 4th Interview
April 5th Interview
April 6th Review
April 7th Review
April 8th Interview

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