June 13, 2018

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May 2, 2018

So what's it like being an author while also being the mum of two teens?

I'm wondering if that's why I train for triathlons - a good excuse to get out of the house.I mean, here's an example: that moment your book arrives in the post, and you're opening up the box and you're soooo excited because this is a dream come true and inside that box is ANOTHER baby, and your family are surrounding you and it's just so mindblowingly exciting and you absolutely have to pinch yourself because surely...

January 29, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the book launch for The Harper Effect in January. What a great turnout and the panel of elite athletes were so inspiring and entertaining.

For those of you who couldn't make it, we had an inspiring chat with a panel of amazing local young athletes. The reason they were part of the launch is that The Harper Effect is written in the world of professional tennis, and so I wanted to show people that Harper is not a fictional character who can never be eman...

December 27, 2017

READ THE QUERY LETTER THAT GOT MY NOVEL AN INTERNATION-AL BOOK DEAL

My debut novel, The Harper Effect, is in-stores today in Australia and New Zealand. If you don't feel like going out to do more shopping after the Christmas craziness, but you fancy curling up with a summer read, then you can also order it online right now. If you’re in the US/UK then I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until May 2018, or shelve the book on Goodreads for giveaway reminders.

I’ve been asked so many times about w...

December 17, 2017

I don't know about you, but I grew up watching a lot of movies that involved the hero/heroine having to overcome several obstacles and life issues in order to win at some sort of sport. My favourites, which I watched again and again, were Chariots of Fire, The Karate Kid, Rocky, A League of Their Own, and then later on, Million Dollar Baby, Bend It Like Beckham and Step Up.

I don't know - there was just something I loved about the underdog coming good, about chasing a dream and finally ge...

November 13, 2017

I wrote the very first draft of The Harper Effect over thirty years ago when my 15-year-old brother was playing at Wimbledon and won a scholarship to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. At the time, I was training for the Olympics in the 400m track event. Sport was and still is an important part of my life, and even as a teen, I could see how it helped me through the usual teen angsts that we must all survive.

I hope that my novel, The Harper Effect, will do two things for my...

November 1, 2017

What happens AFTER you sign your book contract with your publisher? That’s what I’ve been posting about, because I believe the things that happen after you’ve signed that contract provide another steep learning curve and the more you can prepare for it, the better off you’ll be.

This learning curve applies mostly to publicity – it’s a whole new skill, a whole new mindset, and it’s a massive workload. So I have a few points to help you get prepared and get ahead.

  1. Figure out your author...

August 31, 2016

FIVE STEPS TO GO FROM FEELING AWFUL TO FEELING AWESOME ABOUT YOURSELF.

Today we’re going to look into adjusting biased expectations. What are biased expectations? They’re negative thoughts about yourself that occur when you’re in what you perceive to be a difficult or awkward situation. In these situations your negative core beliefs come in to play and you go ahead and make predictions to yourself about how things are going to turn out in this situation. These predictions tend to be negat...

July 15, 2016

I’m talking about Project Awesome again today, which aims to help teens go from feeling awful to feeling awesome about themselves.

Today we’re going to look into what our core beliefs about ourselves are and where they come from. Most importantly, how to change them. This is the third step out of five that will help to change your mindset.

So what’s a negative core belief?

I’m stupid

I’m ugly and no one will ever love me

I am a failure

I’m no good and will never amount to anything

What are your...

June 13, 2016

I’m talking about Project Awesome again today, which aims to help teens go from feeling awful to feeling awesome about themselves.

Self-esteem issues are close to my heart because, as a teen fiction author, it's true that most characters in YA novels don't feel like they’re good enough. This is just a true reflection of real life becauseit’s an issue MOST teens have—and so do a lot ofadults.

So last week we discussed how negative beliefs in yourself become so deep seated thatyou actually b...

May 29, 2016

 

Setting:

 

Beanie’s Café in Malibu, Los Angeles.

SHAE’s phone bings and she mutes it and zips it into her bag.

 

HARPER: Ignoring your texts? Is it Drew?

 

SHAE: No. It’s Symbol. Sending more photos of Drew and Sienna. Drew says Sienna’s around for Finn’s sake—keeping him company.

 

HARPER: But still. Why doesn’t Drew make himself scarce?

 

SHAE: Finn’s stuck with a broken leg. Drew wouldn’t tell him he can’t have visitors—and Sienna’s taking advantage. Besides, Drew’s at work most days.

 

HARPER:...

May 22, 2016

 

 

 

 

SETTING: The White Room in DREW’s home in Sydney. Jamison and DREW are both pacing around the room.

 

JAMISON: The police say it has to be an insider job. They’ll find him, Mr Vega. Don’t worry. You must show them the latest texts though.

 

DREW: I guess they can’t trace the sender if the number is blocked, but maybe they can look into where my mom is or—

 

JAMISON: Your mom has been laid to rest, son. It’s unlikely they’ll launch a man hunt for a person who is no longer on this earth.

 

DRE...

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