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Where the magic happens for Rebecca Lim

I love the way Rebecca Lim’s mind works. I also love her work ethic. Sixteen books, y’all. Sixteen! And in exactly twelve days time there’ll be one more when Afterlight comes out in Oz. It’s sort of odd to me that despite never having spent any three-dimensional time together, I feel like I know Rebecca really well – she is supportive, super smart, and kind,

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Where the magic happens for Daniel Herborn

Okay, so I have this leeeetle fascination with music reviewers (Bernard Zuel in Raw Blue, anyone?) … but that’s not why I asked Daniel Herborn here today (although, shamelessly, I have now read many of his gig reviews, and you can do the same on his website, or read them LIVE in mags like Time Out and Faster Louder). I asked him because his first YA novel is out this month: You’re

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Where the magic happens for Steph Bowe

This next guest post is so gloriously funny and smart and generous that I feel happy for you who are about to read it! Goes without saying that Steph Bowe is all of those things, but on the subject of her generosity let me just add that I have learned heaps from what she has to say about blogging and writing on her website (sure, I don’t

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Where the magic happens for Danielle Binks

I am so happy to introduce this bright sparkling next guest! When we first met, she did a filmed interview with me, and then, as now, I was struck by her work ethic and passion for YA literature. We were both nervous, but we ended up having fun. And even though she might have acted all humble and quiet about it, I just KNEW I’d met someone

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Gabrielle Williams on what makes the magic happen

  To coincide with the release today of her book, The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and his Ex, I asked Gabrielle Williams if she’d like to do a guest post on where she writes. But then things took a detour. If you have read Gab’s work that should come as no surprise at all.  Gab seemed more interested in surveying me. What did I

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Where the magic happens for Vikki Wakefield

When I first read Vikki Wakefield’s post, I sent her a very long email. But the one thing I forgot to say was, Thank you. So thank you, Vikki! This post helped me so much. It reminded me that there’s writing, and then there’s not writing; it’s that simple, and that difficult. Words come from inside you, not outside, and they possibly originate from the very same

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Where the magic happens for Cath Crowley

I now think that magic happens for Cath Crowley, because Cath Crowley is actually made of magic. Don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling very fur-rubbed-the-wrong-way’ish lately (maybe it’s the full moon) but after reading this, I felt calm, and stilled, and ready to work. Cath’s work space is beautiful, poetic and inspiring, just like her writing, and we’re triple lucky today because she sneaks us a peak at a couple

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Where the magic happens for Pip Harry

Today’s special guest is Pip Harry, author of I’ll Tell You Mine, and Head Of The River (UQP). Now if you were thinking, My that’s a rustic looking header, you might be onto something. Because Pip is taking us out of town! I’m so excited that she agreed, because it means we get to travel vicariously (goes without saying I’m hoping she does all the hard writing stuff while we’re there –

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Where the magic happens for Lisa Heidke (and giveaway)

I met Lisa Heidke in 2008 at a writers’ workshop, just before we both got published for the first time, back when we were dewy and innocent. She’s got a wicked sense of humour, a shoe collection I would covet if I had smaller feet, and a serious dose of magic happening because she’s just published her fifth book: It Started With A Kiss (Allen & Unwin). Lisa’s stories

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Where the magic happens for Stephen Turner

The second post in the series – more of a focus on the technological tools of the trade this time around. But first an introduction –  I met Stephen Turner in Coonabarabran, NSW, which is where he lives, and where the Feast of Words Writers’ Festival has been held at Coonabarabran High School for the last four years. I’ve been a guest there a couple of times.  He was

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