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...

April 4, 2018

What nobody told me before I got I'm telling you.

March 5, 2018

Being a newbie author, I have a policy of always listening to those around me who know better and have more experience aka publisher, publicist, agent, experienced author friends. So the advice I got about my book launch was – don’t have one. Why? Because I’m a debut author and no one knows who I am. No one will come – except friends and family. My time and the marketing budget could be spent on better things.

So I set out NOT to have a book launch. But then when my friends and family, wh...

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


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...

December 6, 2017

So I've been sharing with you what happens AFTER you sign the book contract and thought it was time for another post. My last post in October talked about getting your author platform ready well in advance of even submitting your novel to publishers.

This month it's all about the final stages of editing with Pan Macmillan. Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) have already been sent out for early reviewers and something I didn't know - they used a different cover. This could be to 'hide' the cov...

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...

September 10, 2017

So with mere months to go to the birth of my book baby, what's happening in my world? Well, the book cover is about to be finalised after some tweaking, and the actual manuscript is on the final back and forth copyedit before it goes to the typesetters. But how this final stage has made me laugh and laugh. I can't tell you how many times we've discussed and changed the position of the characters as they sit on a branch up a tree.

Yep - you heard me right. Should they sit opposite each oth...

September 7, 2017

I'm not the first to describe the process of having your first novel published as similar to the concept of giving birth, and I won't be the last - because that's how it feels.

There's finding that partner - a great agent - to support and believe in you. The publisher plans for the best delivery of your book into the world and that 30 week scan puts a face (a book cover) on the book baby.

Working out what to name the baby is another happy problem and in my case Game Face became The Harpe...

August 31, 2016


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...

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