Book Review: Shy, by Sian Prior

Book Review: Shy, by Sian Prior

"Shy. It's such a shy word; a timid little word that begs to remain unnoticed. Only three letters long and it begins with an exhortation to silence: 'shhh'." Sian Prior is accomplished. She's a journalist and broadcaster, a professional media consultant, a...

How to Become the Favourite Child

How to Become the Favourite Child

Some of you have already seen these when I posted them on my Facebook page (Louise Allan - Writer if you want to slip over and 'Like' my page). For anyone who didn't see the Facebook posts, here they are. The story is, I gave my...

Letters to the End of Love, by Yvette Walker

Letters to the End of Love, by Yvette Walker

I was prompted to read this exquisite debut novel after it won the WA Premier's Emerging Writers Award. I was further inspired after meeting its author, the warm and wise Yvette Walker, at a small gathering she held to celebrate her win....

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

Hopefully, I'm on the downhill run with this novel. I've finished the latest draft, draft #12 at least (but who's counting?), and I feel as if it's ready to send out to agents and publishers. Please note, I also felt it was ready after Draft...

When the Night Comes, by Favel Parrett

When the Night Comes, by Favel Parrett

'When the Night Comes' is Favel Parrett's second novel, following the success of 'Past the Shallows', which was short-listed for the Miles Franklin in 2012, and which I glowingly reviewed here. The story is told by two first person narrators—the young girl, Isla, and...

Rejection

Rejection

It's a long time since I've been rejected for anything—a boyfriend, a job—mainly because I haven't put myself in line for it, being happily married and not looking for work. But last week my manuscript was rejected for the QWC-Hachette Manuscript Development...

Blog Post #100 and What I’m Doing This Week …

Blog Post #100 and What I’m Doing This Week …

I've just realised this is my 100th post:     One hundred posts in just under eighteen months—that's an average of 1.28 posts per week (rounded to two decimal places—see, the maths nerd is never far away), which is pleasing as I set out to...

The Ark, by Annabel Smith

The Ark, by Annabel Smith

  I've just finished Annabel Smith's third novel, 'The Ark'. I loved her second novel, 'Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, which I reviewed here, and which is about to be released in the US as 'Whisky and Charlie'. 'The Ark' is no ordinary novel, and to say I read it...

Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 2

Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 2

Thank you to everyone who commented on this site or on Facebook, or who wrote to me personally after last week's post. Your words and support mean so much. To those who contacted me because you've experienced similar, thank you. We can draw strength and support...