Commonly Asked Questions:
Are the characters and places in your series real?
Did you always want to become an author?
What are your favourite books?
What is your writing process?
What did you need to research to write your book series?
What is on your writing playlist?
What do you love most about writing for Young Adults?
Why did you switch to writing Contemporary New Adult Fiction?
Who did the original artwork for your first three novels in The Girl Diaries?
Who is your favourite main character?
1. Are the characters and places in your series real?
I draw from the people I have met in real life to create my characters initially but as I am sure most avid readers are aware, reality is always stranger than fiction and in the case of my series and how they relate to my own experiences on this beautiful blue planet that is certainly true.
2. Did you always want to become an author?
Yes, I have. I had a short-lived dream of becoming a doctor in early high school but two work placements in the local hospital put an end to that. Shaving the chest hair of an obese patient about to have day surgery isn’t my idea of a good time. I started writing novels at around seven years old and haven’t ever stopped.
3. What are your favourite books?
Everything written by Charlaine Harris and Hunter S. Thompson for a start. I have a three book case sized Readers Digest Collection as well as all of the Harry Potter series and the Georgia Nicholson series in hardpack with plans to add Cassandra Clares collection to that shelf in the next few years.
4. What is your writing process?
Start. Read, rewrite, repeat to infinity.
5. What did you need to research to write your book series?
A lot of my book series has been adapted from case notes of young people and colleagues I have worked with. I read a lot of articles relating to adolescent psychology, narrative practice, substance abuse, and reports relating to the effectiveness of suicide postvention policies in Queensland schools.
6. What is on your writing playlist?
The Police, Taking Back Sunday, Blink182 and 91.5 MMM Country radio.
7. What do you love most about writing for Young Adults?
That I get to shift my mindset back into that time of my life when I thought I knew everything and could take on the big bad world all alone. It’s refreshing to take a break from the monotony and reality of adulthood and immerse yourself in youthful hi-jinks.
8. Why did you switch to writing Contemporary New Adult Fiction?
As I continued to read more adult content for my professional career my ability to write at a junior level was increasingly challenged. It made writing for an older audience something I felt I needed to do.
9. Who did the original artwork for your first three novels in The Girl Diaries?
London Heir (aka Brit) you can find her artwork here. She is an emerging Australian talent who never ceases to amaze me with her superior quality and varying style.
10. Who is your favourite main character?
That’s almost too easy a question. Stavros of course, he is the epitome of every young person I have ever helped, and his triumphs are everything in the series because they are always hard won. Chuck comes a close second and I’m sorry to not have given him a voice and a point of view in his own spin-off series. Maybe I’ll get back to him in retirement. Who knows!