An ending & Jamie Marina Lau on creativity, honesty & representation.

It's the end of Season One. Wow. Katherine's debut The Helpline has gone from manuscript to a book on the shelf (and in readers hands!) and we've spoken to seventeen different guests across sixteen full length episodes with 10 500 listens and counting! So, we get emotional, and then, more seriously, we talk about the … Continue reading An ending & Jamie Marina Lau on creativity, honesty & representation.

The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Finally, Katherine's launch of The Helpline! Kate remembers her own launch felt like a wedding and Katherine talks through her feels, her braids and how she ended up eating Grill'd chips at the end of the night. We promised pics, so here's a few to show you what went down at Readings in Carlton. Then, … Continue reading The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Feelings & Annabel Smith & Jane Rawson on firsts, festivals and asking for help.

Uh oh. Katherine looked at Goodreads. Now she feels awful. (Although let's remember this episode was recorded BEFORE KATHERINE'S BOOK EVEN CAME OUT.) So we talk about feelings. Katherine asks Kate what feelings are normal before your book comes out and Kate replies, 'everything'. There is some groaning and sighing and also talk of Tibetan … Continue reading Feelings & Annabel Smith & Jane Rawson on firsts, festivals and asking for help.

Money & Mandy Brett on editing, talent & tingly feelings.

In this episode we talk money. And let's be frank, we are not experts on how book money works. However, we do our best and we ARE candid about advances, royalties, rights, grants and our mutual adoration of libraries (and PLR payments!). Kate gives a nod to the amazing Honor Eastly and her Starving Artist podcast … Continue reading Money & Mandy Brett on editing, talent & tingly feelings.

How we write & Danielle Binks on fan fic, #LoveOzYA & transferrable skills.

In this episode we talk about how we write. Or, to be specific, how we wrote our first books, because as we explain, things have changed. Kate liked writing on trains, NaNoWriMo, writing retreats (Varuna, Bundanon and a regular one with our writing group) and admits to being a 'binge writer' (as per Cheryl Strayed). Katherine … Continue reading How we write & Danielle Binks on fan fic, #LoveOzYA & transferrable skills.

Origin stories & Penni Russon on motherhood, optimism & the writing community.

This week we discuss the narratives we tell about how our books came to be. Kate worries that she made up a story of 'accidentally stumbling' into publication and talks about what she's doing differently this time around. Katherine is coming to a fast realisation how quickly the story gets ahead of you and she's … Continue reading Origin stories & Penni Russon on motherhood, optimism & the writing community.

A beginning & Claire G. Coleman on story, prizes & luck.

In this episode, Katherine and Kate explain how The First Time podcast came to be. Then in the main event, we speak to writer Claire G. Coleman about writing while travelling, being brave, the writing community and the kinds of writing awards Claire would like to see more of. https://audioboom.com/posts/6951650-a-beginning-claire-g-coleman-on-story-prizes-luck Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar … Continue reading A beginning & Claire G. Coleman on story, prizes & luck.

Meet your hosts

This week we have two tiny little tasters for you before we roll out the red carpet for the REAL guests next week. Let us introduce ourselves. You can listen here or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. https://audioboom.com/posts/6936596-all-about-kate-mildenhall For more on Kate head to her website or check her out on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. … Continue reading Meet your hosts

Guess who’s coming to The First Time?

We've got a little something to get you excited about Season One of The First Time...a taste of what we have coming up, and some snippets of wisdom from three glorious guests who feature in our early episodes. Recognise their dulcet tones? Let us know in the comments or on twitter or Instagram. You can … Continue reading Guess who’s coming to The First Time?