Shannon Fricke, author of How to Decorate, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Shannon Fricke author of How to Decorate Ten Terrifying Questions —————————– 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Sydney and raised by Bondi Beach, back when it was very much a working class suburb – before all of the swanky shops and restaurants moved in. There wasn’t much to... Read more

by | April 30, 2012

BATMAN: The Dark Knight Rises: Film releases on 19th July 2012

The Dark Knight Rises on 19.07.12 Batman: Heart Of Hush The villain named Hush, created by comic superstars Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, makes a dramatic return to the life of Batman. What will this mean for Bruce Wayne? Secrets shared years ago between Bruce Wayne and Tommy Elliott begin to have dangerous repercussions in the present. Why is this mystery driving Hush to destroy Batman’s life? ... Read more

by | April 30, 2012

Booktopia Exclusive: International Bestselling Author, GARTH NIX, Recommends Three Inspirational Non-Fiction Books for Fantasy Writers

The seed of a story can be found anywhere, sometimes as easily as seeing something outside your window or overhearing a conversation. It is a bit of standard advice to “write what you know”, but to my mind that really should be expanded upon to explain that what you know doesn’t just mean what you have personally experienced. Vicarious experience, from reading, from watching films and televisio... Read more

by | April 29, 2012

John Flanagan, author of Ranger’s Apprentice, signs copies of his new book, The Invaders : Brotherband – Book 2

Recently, John Flanagan, best-selling author of both the Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband series, visited Booktopia to chat to fans on Facebook and sign copies of his new book, The Invaders. To see photos  of his visit (with funny captions), click here. Brotherband: Book 2 : The Invaders is available now! Make sure you secure a signed copy – order now, click here. (These signed c... Read more

by | April 28, 2012

Three Authors Offer Advice for Writers: Isobelle Carmody, DBC Pierre and Chris Flynn

I interview writers every week here on the Booktopia Blog. My Ten Terrifying Questions have been answered by over 250 published authors ranging from mega selling global stars like Jackie Collins and Lee Child to brilliant, relatively unknown debut authors such as Favel Parret and  Rebecca James. In each of these interviews I ask the following question: Q. What advice do you give aspiring writer... Read more

by | April 28, 2012

Patrick Flanery, author of Absolution, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Patrick Flanery author of Absolution, Ten Terrifying Questions —————————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in California but grew up in Nebraska, where I attended state schools. I went to Georgetown University for on... Read more

by | April 27, 2012

Winner of the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2012 Announced! Paul D. Carter for Eleven Seasons

Congratulations to Paul D. Carter, winner of the Australian/ Vogel’s Literary Award 2012 When Paul D. Carter got up to accept the Vogel award last night he was an unknown quantity. After he spoke for a few minutes thanking those behind the award and giving the audience a brief description of himself and the writing process all those present couldn’t wait to get their hands on the no... Read more

by | April 27, 2012

Jennifer Paynter, author of Mary Bennet, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Jennifer Paynter author of Mary Bennet Ten Terrifying Questions —————————– 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Sydney and raised by my aunt, grandmother, de facto grandfather and live-in gardener. People always wanted to know who was related to whom. When I was six I was sent... Read more

by | April 26, 2012

Signed Copies Available: Winner of MasterChef 2011 Kate Bracks, international best-selling author John Flanagan and blogger extraordinaire Kerri Sackville (Stock will not last)

The Sweet Life: The Basics and Beyond Irresistible cakes, ice creams and desserts, to weaken even the strongest resolve! MasterChef Australia 2011 winner Kate Bracks knows about desserts. This mouthwatering array of inspired dessert recipes includes favourites such as Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Mousse as well as fresh new ideas, such as Kate’s Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut To... Read more

by | April 26, 2012

Robin de Crespigny, author of The People Smuggler, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Robin de Crespigny author of The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’ Ten Terrifying Questions —————————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? As a child I rode horses and had ... Read more

by | April 24, 2012