Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Handmaid’s Tale

Hey, I just found this article in The Guardian where Margaret Atwood talks about the writing of The Handmaid’s Tale. This book had a huge impact on me – the set up, the story, the way it was honed to the bone, how she made Scrabble a sensual experience … OH – and the twist near the end …

The bonus in the article were snippets from the journal she kept at the time:

I am working my way into writing after too long away – I lose my nerve …

I feel sucked hollow. But functional.


The illustration above is by Anna and Elena Balbusso, who have illustrated a new edition of the book (found this in a story also courtesy of the Guardian)


Houston, we have a blurb

It’s up on the good ship Penguin’s website, like so:

Night Beach


Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless. You crave them in a way that’s not rational, not right, and you’re becoming somebody you don’t recognise, and certainly don’t respect, but you don’t even care.

And this person you like is unattainable. Except for one thing . . .

He lives downstairs.

Abbie has three obsessions. Art. The ocean. And Kane.

But since Kane’s been back, he’s changed. There’s a darkness shadowing him that only Abbie can see. And it wants her in its world.

A gothic story about the very dark things that feed the creative process.

From the winner of the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction.



Yesterday I sent the next round of edits for NIGHT BEACH (feeling bold today) zinging back through cyberspace to my lovely editor, Amy, who is currently overseas, and was enjoying Chinese New Year in style.

It felt good. I like dragons.

And for you, wherever you are, I hope your year of the dragon turns out to be a cracker.

When the book is out in the world, I will do another post with Amy on editing. She’s too good not to share …

Wall of Hands

Hey the Wall of Hands is in its last few weeks – it’s a program run by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation which aims to teach people in marginalised communities how to read and write. At the moment they’ve raised $174,502 and they are hoping to reach $300,000. So if it’s something you’d like to contribute to, go and put your palm up there.