Cold, lurching waves today, with some visitors…

Standing there, having a look at it, trying to convince myself that I really do like the cold, when around fifteen or so dolphins turned up – right in the middle of the break, surging and playing around the surfers. By the time I went back for my camera they’d moved on. Still, pretty special to see it and everybody coming in had

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So if you’re into film or music videos or Sarah Blasko…

You may have already seen the new clip for Sarah’s song, We Won’t Run – a beautiful optical illusion shot in a single take. And you may be really interested to know that Natasha Pincus, who directed/produced the video, is going to answer questions for the Process part of this blog on how she made the clip. I’ll have it up by the

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Big shout out to…

Everybody who came to Manly Library on Tuesday. Thank you. And thanks also to Louise McMorland who organised it. While we’re on the subject of Manly Library, their book blogs are definitely worth a look: Novel Ideas and also The Whatever Club And, feeling so efficient I should be holding a clipboard, I now have info on Penguin’s New and Emerging Writers event

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Book editing – the process…

Book editors help you ‘see’. They understand what you’re trying to do better than you do; find the words that will help you do it; are your ‘go to’ person; and, best of all, are on your team. They bring so much to a book. I don’t know if that’s true of all editors, but it is certainly true of mine. And here

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Synaesthesia stuff…

People who’ve read Raw Blue keep saying they liked Danny. Which is nice. Because I liked him, too. A lot. Anyhow, then they either: a. say they know someone else with synaesthesia (or synesthesia as it is spelled in other places); or b. want to know more about it. Thing is, Danny just had this thing where he related colours to people from

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Book design – the process…

To me, ‘design’ is the functional, working arm of art. Creativity within constraints, like time and money. As a huge reader, I’m influenced by book design all the time. I’d heard of David Mitchell, knew he was a great writer, but I never would have picked up Cloud Atlas if it wasn’t for the fact I loved the cover. So how do you

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FAQ: How did you get published?

A lick of luck and seven years of writing would be the short answer. The long answer would go something like: I wrote a thriller which got me a UK agent who put it up for auction but nobody bid which was funny/terrible so I tried again and wrote something else which should have been ‘same, same, but different’ but turned out to

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Before winter crashes the party…

Let’s take a second to remember the Autumn that was. Summer’s over, winter’s coming, but right now is the in-between, the change. I’ve always loved this time of year the most, always loved Easter more than Christmas. It’s because of surfing. The swell’s mixed, which means you still get runs of easterly swell, not like winter where it’s usually coming from the south

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