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.
In this episode, the hosts talk covers. Kate did not want a lighthouse on hers! Oh dear. So what did she have in mind? Maybe Lucy Treloar’s Salt Creek or Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things. Speaking of floral covers! There’s a real thing about them… Katherine talks about The Helpline cover, and how when … Continue reading Book covers & Karen Viggers on French audiences, re-writes and grappling with the human condition.
In this episode, Kate and Katherine discuss planning your book launch. Kate likes book launches a lot. So much so, she had two! Katherine enjoyed Kate’s launch and can still quote lines from Kate’s speech, which is frightening impressive. Katherine also asks Kate a pretty big question. It feels like a wedding! It’s the nicest … Continue reading Book Launch Planning & Jack Heath on writing to impress girls, sequels and the best way to approach promotions.
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.
This week the hosts discuss the editing process. Kate talks about having an editor on board early on, and Katherine says that The Helpline ‘clicked’ pretty late in the piece. The hosts reveal how many words got culled along the way, and which specific words they couldn’t stop using. Kate liked ‘little’ and Katherine had … Continue reading Editing & Graeme Simsion on readers, romance and not picking favourites.
In this episode, Kate and Katherine discuss Author Talks. Katherine has to do one at the Word for Word festival at Geelong, but what is she even going to talk about? Kate explains what she does and how it changes, depending on the audience. There’s a lot to think about: Q & A versus presentation? … Continue reading How to give an author talk & Melanie Cheng on short story, speeches & pressing send.
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.
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
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?