October 10, 2021

My New Novel Announcement!

I am very excited to be able to announce I have begun a new novel! It's a retelling of the ancient myth of Psyche, a haunting tale of love and loss and redemption which follows a young woman’s journey to the underworld and back
October 1, 2021

The Wild Girl

THE WILD GIRL was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013 by Australian readers, and earned a starred review by the American Library Association Booklist, who called it “a beautiful and often heartbreaking love story that is sure to move and captivate readers.’ [...]
September 3, 2021

Newsletter August 2021

I have such exciting news to share with you! For the last couple of years, I have been working on a most unusual project with Wendy Sharpe, the Archibald-winning artist. Wendy has been creating art inspired by my words,[...]
August 21, 2021

The Crimson Thread

For the past three years, I have been working on a novel called The Crimson Thread, a reimagining of the Minotaur in the Labyrinth myth set in Crete during the Second World War [...]
July 28, 2021

Pan MacMillan Speech

Pan MacMillan Speech   The last time I was here was to talk to you about ‘The Gypsy Crown’ and the Chain of Charms series, which […]
July 26, 2021

My Fairy Tale Fascination

My Fairy Tale Fascination I was enchanted with the Grimm Brothers’ fairy-tales from the moment I read them as a little girl, sick and lonely in […]
July 24, 2021


INTERVIEW WITH JANE YOLEN   Jane Yolen is one of my favourite children’s authors. She moves easily between wonderful picture books like Owl Moon and How […]
July 22, 2021

Effective Research

I have written books set in Kent during the time of Charles II and Oliver Cromwell (The Gypsy Crown); set in Scotland during the tumultuous reign of Mary, Queen of Scots (The Puzzle Ring); in Renaissance Venice and Versailles in the time of the Sun King (Bitter Greens); in Germany during the Napoleonic wars
June 1, 2021

Hoping for Troubadours

When my sister Belinda and I wrote Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia’s First Children’s Author, we originally planned a chapter in which we […]
May 25, 2021

The Time Travel books that inspired me to write ‘The Puzzle Ring’

I used to love reading time travel adventures when I was a child. They were one of my favourite genres of fiction, and I’ve always wanted to write one. When I first began daydreaming about the story that would become ‘The Puzzle Ring’,
May 12, 2021

Writing In The Blood

We all know that we inherit the colour of our eyes from our parents. If you sneeze when you look at the sun, that too was passed down through your genes. So was your ability to curl your tongue, and when you are likely to notice that first grey hair.
February 7, 2021

On the Trail of Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force

The primary character in my novel Bitter Greens is the scandalous 17th century writer, Charlotte-Rose de la Force, who wrote the version of the Rapunzel fairytale that we know best [...]

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