Episodes

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

Non-book recommendations and Melissa Ferguson on science fiction and writing about the future

This week the hosts give recommendation for thing that they think are great. Katherine’s are: Kumon (a maths tutoring program for kids) Having monitor that’s separate to your laptop Sarah Sentilles’s four questions (as discussed in this interview with Charlotte Wood) CorePlus online pilates, which is free!  AND they do daily live lessons AND you … Continue reading Non-book recommendations and Melissa Ferguson on science fiction and writing about the future

Conversations with Friends #2: Shivaun Plozza and Wai Chim

We are super excited to present the second episode of #ConversationswithFriends! This time we hear from authors Shivaun Plozza (above) and Wai Chim... https://audioboom.com/posts/7558825-conversations-with-friends-2-shivaun-plozza-and-wai-chim Shivaun Plozza is the award-winning author of Frankie, Tin Heart and The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars. Her writing has been short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year, YALSA's Top Ten Best Young Adult … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #2: Shivaun Plozza and Wai Chim

Authors online & Sarah Bailey on routines, fast drafts & plotting crimes

Who even knows what week of #socialisolation it is, but we check in and see what's working and what's not. We chat about all the incredible ways authors have been taking their work online including but definitely not limited to: online launches and events including Zoom events with Avid Reader and Facebook launches like that … Continue reading Authors online & Sarah Bailey on routines, fast drafts & plotting crimes