Episodes

Pitching essays & Krissy Kneen on literary mafia, online events & erotica

It's that time in the 'publication journey' where Kate has to start pitching some loosely book related articles to help with promo. She's determined to do it better this time around and asks Katherine for help. They chat about some excellent recent examples including this one from Mcsweeneys and the excellent Debut in the Age … Continue reading Pitching essays & Krissy Kneen on literary mafia, online events & erotica

Conversations with Friends #7: Sean O’Beirne and Wayne Marshall

In this episode of Conversations with Friends we listen in on authors Sean O'Beirne and Wayne Marshall. https://audioboom.com/posts/7588391-conversations-with-friends-7-sean-o-beirne-and-wayne-marshall Sean O’Beirne (above) is a bookseller and critic. He grew up in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and studied arts, law and acting. A Couple of Things Before the End is his first book. Wayne Marshall’s stories have appeared … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #7: Sean O’Beirne and Wayne Marshall

Catch up and Kay Kerr on #ownvoices, pandemics and the joys of waiting

This week's a coming-out-of-lockdown catch up! Firstly, the important news, The Mother Fault has a cover and it is BEAUTIFUL: Also discussed: Lee Koffman's blog  Writers Vic's Krissy Kneen's Writing the Sensual World Masterclass Australian Writers Centre Picture Book and TV screen writing courses The International Space Station YouTube channel The Last Dance (Netflix)  Jeff … Continue reading Catch up and Kay Kerr on #ownvoices, pandemics and the joys of waiting

Conversations with Friends #6: Sarah Schmidt and Favel Parrett

In this episode of #Conversations with Friends, we listen in on multi award winning and best selling authors Sarah Schmidt and Favel Parrett. https://audioboom.com/posts/7582440-conversations-with-friends-6-sarah-schmidt-and-favel-parrett Sarah Schmidt  Sarah Schmidt's (above) debut novel, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE (2017, Hachette) has been reviewed widely in Australia and Internationally to critical acclaim and won the ABIA Literary Fiction … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #6: Sarah Schmidt and Favel Parrett

Reader engagement & Anita Heiss on storytelling, schedules & social media

How do you engage with readers? What's the etiquette when replying to messages and tags on social media? Do famous authors really reply to all their fan mail? And what are the most memorable messages authors have received from readers? We discuss what works and what feels weird and Kate outlines her (very short) plan … Continue reading Reader engagement & Anita Heiss on storytelling, schedules & social media

Conversations with Friends#5: Jane Harper and Karina Kilmore

This episode we listen in on award winning and bestselling author Jane Harper and her long time author and journalist friend Karina Kilmore.  Bring your notepad, there’s lots of practical tips in this one! https://audioboom.com/posts/7576874-conversations-with-friends-5-jane-harper-and-karina-kilmore Jane Harper (above) is the bestselling author of Australian crime novels The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man. Her … Continue reading Conversations with Friends#5: Jane Harper and Karina Kilmore

Pitching and Nick Earls on crushing reviews, the universe and the importance of a good pillow

Batter up!  Let's talk pitching.  Katherine just pitched her novel (as yet unnamed, to be released next year) to TV and film producers as part of the Queensland Writers Centre’s Adaptable program.  How did it go? The hosts have tips for other people attempting this nerve racking exercise. Then Katherine talks to award winning and … Continue reading Pitching and Nick Earls on crushing reviews, the universe and the importance of a good pillow

Conversations with Friends #4: Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton

Old friends are the best kind of friends!  In this episode, we get to listen in on Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton as they discuss their long time friendship. It's a story that could be made into a movie!  They talk about being young writers, the city, the country, Sylvia Plath and would you believe, … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #4: Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton

Research & Mirandi Riwoe on plotting, outrage and writing historical fiction

This week we talk research. Katherine's entertaining the idea of setting her next book in the past and Kate is frothing with excitement at the thought. They talk about research styles, pitfalls, procrastination holes and why the process is different for each book. They mention: Toni Jordan's research process (we interviewed her way back in … Continue reading Research & Mirandi Riwoe on plotting, outrage and writing historical fiction

Conversations with Friends #3: Imbi Neeme and Emilie Collyer

This one's pretty lovely, guys. We get to hear from writing friends Imbi Neeme and Emilie Collyer, who discuss tattoos, prizes and pineapples. https://audioboom.com/posts/7564648-conversations-with-friends-3-imbi-neeme-and-emilie-collyer Imbi Neeme Imbi Neeme (right) is a writer of long and short fiction. Her novel The Spill won the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize and will be published by Penguin Random House … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #3: Imbi Neeme and Emilie Collyer