Judy Powell: Writing Crime

Judy Powell: Writing Crime

I don't believe I've had an archaeologist visit the attic before, so please welcome Judy Powell to tell us about her historical crime novel, The Brisbane Line. Judy is a historian and archaeologist who has a passion for bringing the past to life. She's worked as a...

Katherine Scholes: Hunting the Muse

Katherine Scholes: Hunting the Muse

I'm thrilled to share this essay of Katherine Scholes in the attic today. It's about writing her latest novel, The Beautiful Mother, the story of a woman who has devoted herself to the study of humans while denying the call of motherhood, who finds her heart torn open...

K.M. Allan: Learning From Your Words

K.M. Allan: Learning From Your Words

I came to know today's guest in the attic, KM Allan (no relation!) through her fabulous blog which is full of writing tips and tricks. So, I'm thrilled to welcome her to the attic today: KM Allan is the author of the urban YA fantasy series, Blackbirch. The first two...

Susan Francis: Why I Write

Susan Francis: Why I Write

I never tire of reading about why writers write—the reasons are many and varied, and the pathways as divergent as each individual writer. But what always strikes me, too, are the similarities: that feeling of never quite belonging, of never quite being good enough....

Maya Linnell: Write What You Know

Maya Linnell: Write What You Know

A huge welcome to my guest in the attic this week, Maya Linnell. Maya begins her post by saying, 'Writing advice comes in all shapes and sizes'. What an understatement! And it can be so contradictory: write for yourself but keep your audience in mind; write every day...

Imbi Neeme: In Conversation With Herself

Imbi Neeme: In Conversation With Herself

Today I welcome Imbi Neeme as my guest, with an attic first—an in-conversation with herself! I've never met Imbi but if this quirky post is anything to go by, I'm looking forward to the pleasure one day. Please read on, as Imbi tells Imbi about how it feels to be...

Katherine Johnson: Plotting Your Own Path

Katherine Johnson: Plotting Your Own Path

I have another author in the attic this week: my friend, Katherine Johnson. Katherine and I first met at the Tasmanian Writers Festival in 2018, where we were fellow panellists, and we've stayed in contact since. Katherine's post is about how fiction enables us to...

Donna Mazza: A Desk of One’s Own

Donna Mazza: A Desk of One’s Own

I'm thrilled to have Donna Mazza as my guest in the attic this week. I'm sure all writers will relate to her post about writing desks and rooms, as we all yearn for a place to write that's beautiful and tranquil. But this story is also about improvisation, and how...

Thuy On: Documenting Life In Poetry

Thuy On: Documenting Life In Poetry

Most of the writers who visit the attic are novelists, so I'm very happy to welcome a poet as my guest this week: Thuy On. Today, Thuy writes about changing course from critic to poet, and how documenting a particularly turbulent period of her life became a poetry...

We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

I first published this post on Facebook, where it was shared over 100 times, so I thought I'd re-jig it and share it here, too. ~ My husband is Head of Respiratory Medicine at Joondalup Health Campus. In March, Joondalup hospital (along with every other hospital in...

Amanda Niehaus: A Change of Plan

Amanda Niehaus: A Change of Plan

All art is autobiography, so they say, and I know this to be true. Every story says something about the writer, regardless of their intention or, indeed, consent. Many writers draw from their lives for their fiction, and often return to the same themes in their books,...