Showing posts from March, 2017

Why I wrote a story about guardian angels - The Bird With The Broken Wing

A novel tribute to guardian angels Growing up, books were scarce in our house. What books I read were borrowed from the library or given to me. But I wasn’t starved for imaginative stories because growing up with my mother you didn’t need books to fill your head with tales of mythical creatures. She was, and still is, more than happy to do this herself. You see, my mother believes in dragons, fairies, ghosts and guardian angels. She believes in demonic possession, witches, druids, Hobbits and that the pyramids were built by aliens. On top of all this she’s Welsh and Welsh people are higher superstitious, though she used to play on this superstition and pretend she possessed powers to repel bad luck as a means of extorting money off her neighbours. It’s no wonder I have an active imagination. But I’m starting to think it’s a wonder I’m not terrified of my own shadow.    My mother told me the tale of my guardian angel when I was fourteen years old. This was around the time

The Bird With The Broken Wing cover reveal - relaunch

What would Madonna do? It's the question I asked myself when sales had slowed for my YA titles. They're great stories that I really want to get out to the hands of readers so I asked myself what Madonna would do in this situation. True geeks will remember this reference to Sue Sylvester of Glee and if you do, kudos to you. I'm certain Madonna would re-vamp and re-launch and it's what I'm doing as well. Even though we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, let's face it, we do. And I'm glad because I'm so pleased that I hired a professional to redo the cover for the YA titles. Here it is. The new cover for this YA dark fantasy noel about redemption and forgiveness. THE BIRD WITH THE BROKEN WING Cover by  Loraine van Tonder of Ryn Katryn, digital art   h ttp://   When mortals make mistakes, they're forgiven. When angels make mistakes, they're forsaken   Guardian angel Rachael fi

Freedom from social repercussion - When Authors Go Bad Part 3

This is Part 3 of the "When Authors Go Bad" feature article. If you'd like to read Part One: Click Baiting - When Authors Go Bad: Part 1   If you'd like to read Part Two: Manipulating freedom of Speech - When Authors Go Bad: Part 2   I decided to write these posts because they are topical and as a fiction author  I often take what is topical and speculate on what might happen if that practice continues unchecked. It's the basis of many of my novels. What happens if there is a global one child per couple policy? What happens if people continue to spend too much time in virtual worlds?  In Part One and Part Two of this post, I spoke about click baiting as a lure to engage people on social media sites, and I looked  at how social media has become a platform for those with opinions - good or bad - to share while waving the banner of free speech. When I say opinions, it's often a rant and rants have repercussions in any public forum. This blog po

Why I based my novel in the United States of America

There are many reasons why an Australian author might base their novel in another country or even another solar system. Genre plays a part, as does audience. For me, it made sense to base "Welcome to the Apocalypse" in the US for two reasons: Number One: Australia doesn't have the internet capabilities to pull off this level of virtual reality. In 2016 the census was organised in Australia and the system crashed the day we were all to log in and record our details, despite claims by testers that the website could handle 2 million users logging on at the same time. Maybe the website could, but Australia still runs primarily on phone lines for its internet. Put simply, it can't handle the congestion. Any time it rains in my home town of Batemans Bay, the internet slows. Everyone is inside playing games or watching Netflix or socialising on Facebook. The second it stops raining, the internet operates at normal speed because people go outside for walks or to the

Coffee chat with Mirren Hogan - author of new release historical fiction "Night Witches"

It’s party day for Australian author Mirren Hogan who is joining me in my virtual café to launch her new release, an historical fiction novel “Night Witches ” the name given to a group of women who fought during the war just as hard and deadly as the menfolk.   You can join in on Mirren’s Facebook party with links at the bottom of the post. Firstly let’s welcome her into the café. DL: Since this is a coffee chat and I have a virtual cafe, how do you drink your coffee/tea or other beverage of choice? And what is your favourite time of day to indulge? MIRREN: As I'm speaking to you at night, I'll have a glass of red wine, thanks. And some cheese if you have it.   DL: It takes authors long enough to write a book, and then find a publisher. Even after it's accepted for publication it takes another small eon of time until it's released. Since you have a few books waiting in the wings to be released, how do you deal with the frustration of waiting?