This year, I was fortunate to be commissioned by the Booranga Writers’ Centre to create a collection of short stories as part of their stimulus funding from Create NSW‘s initiative to support regional writers.Continue reading “short story collection: [project zed]”
With last month’s release of the Gardens of War & Wasteland novella, The Collector’s Lost Things, this edition of WELCOME TO WHYT’HALLEN features a Q&A with the prequel’s central character, Rei-Hai Shaw.
Unfortunately, Rei isn’t the most forthcoming when answering questions about himself so this could be interesting … Well, let’s see how we go! But first, a mood board:Continue reading “welcome to whyt’hallen 04: character interview – rei-hai shaw”
Before the mortal Second Born crossed the Azure Expanse and came to settle in Whyt’Hallen, they had an established civilisation of their own back on the continent of Mey.
For a thousand years the native Meytarans thrived, raising kingdoms and cities and culture. Their growth seemed limitless … until the Sickness came.
September is upon us and that means a new instalment of WELCOME TO WHYT’HALLEN. In this month’s edition, we sit down for a Q&A with the Gardens of War & Wasteland protagonist herself—Princess Amikharlia Elys Holani.
First, let’s kick things off with a mood board!Continue reading “welcome to whyt’hallen 02: character interview – amikharlia”
In this month’s edition of WELCOME TO WHYT’HALLEN, we take a look at Ciraselo, the Old Capital. All the action of Gardens of War & Wasteland Book I: The Ruptured Sky begins here, making it the perfect choice for your first glimpse into the world of Whyt’hallen.Continue reading “welcome to whyt’hallen 01: the old capital – ciraselo”
I loved my creative writing degree, and wouldn’t take it back for the world. While it’s an invaluable experience … it’s not the be all and end all, and there’s no “right” way to write.
— Helen Scheuerer
As Helen Scheuerer continues to take the indie publishing world by storm with her Amazon best-selling YA fantasy epic, Heart of Mist, I sit down to chat all things writing, the HoM audiobook release and the upcoming sequel—Reign of Mist.Continue reading “a conversation with helen”
And so 2017 draws to a close. I for one can not be more relieved.
This year has been a tumultuous one indeed: I moved countries, got married, began a new day-job, bought my first car, and moved again (domestically this time); I said goodbye to my Grandmother, a second mother who raised me alongside my own; and lost two public figures (Chester Bennington and Kim Jonghyun), who have been a source of love, comfort and inspiration, to this terrible illness called depression, of which I also chronically suffer. It really has been all over the place—I have been all over the place. Personal rollercoaster aside, though, and my writing career(?) has been a pleasantly stable fixture. Let’s take a look.
The cottage on Peppercorn Tree Hill was not a cottage: it was a Federation Bungalow with a bay window and Evelyn Millar loved it. From the moment Harold drove her up the dusty road and she saw red brick façade with cream latticework under the eaves, Evie knew they would be happy here. The front was shaded with a large peppercorn tree, for which the hill was named, with a swollen trunk and wide-spanning limbs. Evie jumped out of the car, blonde curls bouncing, and breathed in the fresh country air. A smile curled her lips as she beheld her future looking down at the town below.
Evie and Harold met in a hospital, though neither was a patient. Her mother Vilma had been volunteering at the 113th Australian General Hospital to care for the many repatriated soldiers wounded in the Pacific. Together with her younger sister, Margaret, Evie spent much of her time there, helping where she could, while their father fought in Papua New Guinea. While assisting the nurses on their rounds, Evie happened upon a fresh-faced, fair-haired doctor by the name of Harold Millar. In spite of horror piling up around her, Evie fell in love.Continue reading “the cottage on peppercorn tree hill”
Hello again readers,
I’m excited to say that July has actually been an eventful month with life, reading and writing all moving along with leaps and bounds. Still haven’t managed to get a regular updating schedule on this things but I’m pretty optimistic August will see more content coming your way. Well then, let’s get into it.Continue reading “july recap”
Heart of Mist fills the classic fantasy epic with a cast of wonderfully gritty characters and themes relevant to the modern-day reader.
I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC of Helen Scheuerer‘s debut novel Heart of Mist, the first installment of her upcoming YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles. Having read the prequel short stories available on her website for free, I had some idea of what to expect and the novel itself did not disappoint.Continue reading “heart of mist”