Monthly Archives: October 2010

Writing race …

Hey Writers,

I’ll be taking part in a Writing Race hosted by the Australian Writer’s Marketplace ( on Tuesday, 26 October, 2010. The Race starts at 8pm AEST (so, if you’re observing daylight savings like me, it’ll be 9pm) and goes for one hour.

The idea is that you work on your chosen project for that time, after first touching base to talk about your goals for the hour, and then letting us know how you did at the end. Along the way, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on what works for me writing-wise, and answering any questions that people have.

All writers, at all levels, are welcome. The only thing is you need to be a subscriber to join in (see the AWM website for more details).

I’m looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!

Raw Blue shortlisted for the Inkys …

The shortlists for the Inkys have been announced and Raw Blue made the list. Big congrats to the other authors. If you”re under 20, you can vote for any of these books here

THE GOLD INKY (for an Australian YA book)

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
Swerve by Philip Gwynne
Stolen by Lucy Christopher

The SILVER INKY (for an international YA book)

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan & John Green
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Read Alert interview …

Mike Shuttleworth has re-posted an interview I did with him about Raw Blue not long after it was first published – it’s over at Read Alert, the Centre for Youth Literature‘s blog, and you can read it by clicking here … It’s a fairly in-depth interview, covering writing, surfing, the reasons for writing Raw Blue, and what working in a kitchen is really like, amongst other things.

October news …

Well, not news about October the month, but actually a couple of reviews and an interview.

Reviews just in for Saltwater Vampires (click on the link to read each in its entirety):

The Book Nerd: 5/5 stars … Saltwater Vampires is a little bit The Lost Boys and a little bit 30 Days of Night set in a small coastal Australian town. I absolutely loved it.

This is the best book ever: But as well as all the bloodlust and the biting, there is also a genuinely well written narrative. It is taut and tense … It is also very Australian. The protagonist, Jamie is a 15 yr old surfer, encapsulating all the traits: he’s laid back, he’s scruffy, wild and lean …

Literary Life:Who can resist a main character whose philosophy is ‘don’t die wondering’?

And I recently did an interview with the new web mag Flutterzine.

Raw Blue wins a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award …

Raw Blue won the VPLA for Young Adult fiction. I got to share a table with some top folks including Gabrielle Williams (Beatle Meets Destiny), my editor Amy Thomas, and Lisa Adderly and Kristin Gill from Penguin. Best of all, Casey Bennetto was MC for the evening. He conducted proceedings in the style of musical theatre and took the piss out of EVERYTHING. It’s fair to say that I love Melbourne.

If you’d like to read more on the awards, take a trip over to The Wheeler Centre