Three Authors Offer Advice for Writers: Miles Franklin Award Winner Anna Funder, Damien Brown, and Wendy Harmer

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 Miles Franklin shortlisted Favel Parret and  Rebecca James. In each of these interviews I ask the following question: Q. What advice ... Read more

by | June 30, 2012

Carolyn Donovan, author of Chooks in Stilettos and Greenies in Stilettos, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Carolyn Donovan author of Chooks in Stilettos and Greenies in Stilettos, 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 to adventurous parents who liked moving houses. A lot. I went ... Read more

by | June 30, 2012

Ambelin Kwaymullina’s Top 5 Dystopian Books

1. Blood Red Road The Dustland Series: Book 1 by Moira Young Loved this story! Saba’s world is so compelling, and the action scenes are superbly done. There were some moments (especially when Saba is cagefighting) when I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, hunched over the book as my eyes scanned the page, almost tripping over words in my head from reading too fast as I hurried to fin... Read more

by | June 29, 2012

Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter, authors of Sister Pact, answer Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter authors of Sister Pact Ten Terrifying Questions ———————————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? Both of us were born and raised (largely) in Rockhampton in Central Queensland – a nice place t... Read more

by | June 29, 2012

What are The Marmalade Files?

The Marmalade Files An imaginative romp through the dark underbelly of politics by two veteran Canberra insiders. When seasoned newshound Harry Dunkley is slipped a compromising photograph one frosty Canberra dawn he knows he′s onto something big. In pursuit of the scoop, Dunkley must negotiate the deadly corridors of power where the minority Toohey Government hangs by a thread – its stri... Read more

by | June 28, 2012

COMING SOON: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence service. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but th... Read more

by | June 28, 2012

David W. Cameron, author of The Battle for Lone Pine, Gallipoli, and ‘Sorry, Lads, But the Order is to Go’, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks David W. Cameron author of The Battle for Lone Pine, Gallipoli, and ‘Sorry, Lads, But the Order is to Go’ 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 (Bondi) and later m... Read more

by | June 28, 2012

Caroline Baum Farewells Nora Ephron

Vale Nora. You were one of those writers who sounded so confiding, so intimate that I thought of you as a friend I’d never met- and that was before Facebook exploited and devalued that concept. I loved Heartburn. Think it was the first novel I ever read that interrupted the narrative to give readers a recipe. What a trend that started! Can anyone remember any other novelist doing this before No... Read more

by | June 28, 2012

Kathryn Fox, author of Cold Grave, Death Mask, Malicious Intent, and more, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kathryn Fox author of Cold Grave, Death Mask, Malicious Intent, and more, Six Sharp Questions —————————— 1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you? Thank you! Cold Grave was a labour of love, and something I was passionate about writing. Like so many other Austra... Read more

by | June 27, 2012

Ambelin Kwaymullina, author of The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Ambelin Kwaymullina author of The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf 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 and raised in Perth, Western Australia. This is the country of... Read more

by | June 26, 2012