THIS WRITER’S LIFE: The Strange Company You Keep

THIS WRITER’S LIFE: Finding out the company your book keeps on book shop shelves is often hilarious.

WORSE CASE SCENARIO: Once I found a copy of the comic memoirs of my childhood on the bookshop shelf between WHAT TO DO WITH A WILLIE (A penis-based cartoon collection) and the KARMA SUTRA FOR CATS (pop-up version). I just rolled my eyes. These are 1-joke books. The cover says it all. At least I’d written -OMG! – complete paragraphs! 

My recent book, THE SUNDAY STORY CLUB, written with co-author Doris Brett was spotted by a friend’s daughter at the Canberra Airport bookshop. And there we are in the illustrious company between Russell Brand and Stephen Hawking! Ha!

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Over chit chat? Try the book club without books!

THIS WRITER’S LIFE: I was in Dymocks, Melb CBD, on Friday signing books when up popped an image of The Sunday Story Club on several large screens around the store. But look! The books now have an autographed edition sticker on the cover. That’s never happened to me before.

Big thanks to Dymocks and Zoe for all their enthusiasm. And if you can’t make it to Dymocks:

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Stepping outside the Narrative YOU use to explain YOUR LIFE

THIS WRITER’S LIFE:  Co-author Doris & I outside the ABC studios Melb. Great interview with Cassie McCullagh, Sydney.

We had time explain that The Sunday Story Club uses quirky questions to step outside the prepared narratives you often use to explain your life experiences. In this way, we learn about ourselves and others. These questions are intriguing to all ages.

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My satirical Novel about American Gun Culture … coming soon.

My satirical novel, TARGET 91, about American Gun Culture  is being published soon in the US (Penmore Press, Tucson, Arizona), UK & AusAs an Aussie author of 20 books, I still had to work out how to introduce myself to an American audience. Here is my bio blurb introduction for the new book. 

And here are some pics of The Andy Griffith Show (1960 – 1968). It was a sitcom with heart about a widowed sheriff, his small son and a dumb deputy. I grew up in a household that was the The Andy Griffith Show times 5 (there were 5 kids)  on crack cocaine. Not that we took drugs. But my family was crazy enough without chemical intervention. I did write 3 best selling books about growing up on a small police station in rural Australia.

10 things authors should NOT do by someone who did them all

No. 8

Just a few words on the bitter reality of rejections. After 35 years of writing, you acclimatise, I guess. One time, however, a newspaper editor rejected one of my articles. I heard he was going on leave. So I sent the piece back to the same section of the newspaper. He didn’t go on leave. And he published the piece. What does this mean? Sometimes they don’t read your copy, not even the title or your name before rejecting your work. Keep that in mind the next time you get a rejection.

10 things authors should NOT do by someone who did them all

No. 9

Signings are hellish. Once I did a bookshop signing in Sydney after tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley! She was exhausted. I can only say ‘Heavens be praised! I have a short name’. Kids, however, are funny. At a school talk or a library event they’ll run up to you with a piece of paper torn from an exercise book and ask ‘Can I have your autograph? Who are you?’

My satirical Novel about American Gun Culture

My satirical novel, TARGET 91, about American Gun Culture is being published soonAs an Aussie author of 20 books, I still had to work out how to introduce myself to an American audience. Here is my bio blurb introduction for the new book. 

And here are some pics of The Andy Griffith Show (1960 – 1968). It was a sitcom with heart about a widowed sheriff, his small son and a dumb deputy. I grew up in a household that was the The Andy Griffith Show times 5 (there were 5 kids)  on crack cocaine. Not that we took drugs. But my family was crazy enough without chemical intervention. I did write 3 best selling books about growing up on a small police station in rural Australia.