Sara Foster: Rewriting the Maternal Voice in Fiction

Sara Foster: Rewriting the Maternal Voice in Fiction

My friend and much-loved Western Australian author, Sara Foster, visits the attic today. After writing six bestselling psychological suspense novels, Sara's latest book, The Hush, is a near-future thriller that has been garnering critical acclaim around the...

read more
Dinuka McKenzie: Just an Everyday Woman

Dinuka McKenzie: Just an Everyday Woman

I'm thrilled to welcome crime writer, Dinuka McKenzie, to the attic this week. Dinuka's crime-fiction novel, The Torrent, won the 2020 Banjo Prize, and its publication was much-awaited. She's recently signed with Harper Collins for a further two novels, so we'll be...

read more
Fiona Robertson: Walking Away for Inspiration

Fiona Robertson: Walking Away for Inspiration

It gives me more pleasure than you can possibly imagine to welcome Fiona into the attic. It's not the first time she's visited (read her first post from 2017) and these days Fi is an almost daily visitor to the attic, as I am to her office, when we write together with...

read more
Karen Herbert: Mount Stupid Again

Karen Herbert: Mount Stupid Again

Please welcome Karen Herbert to the attic this week. Karen and I have crossed paths a few times over the years, as fellow members of the WASO chorus and as hockey mums, so I'm thrilled to have her in the attic as a début novelist. Her crime thriller, The River Mouth,...

read more
David Allan-Petale: From Fact to Fiction

David Allan-Petale: From Fact to Fiction

Well, I could say the locusts have taken over the attic this week: David Allan-Petale has come in to talk about his book, Locust Summer, and his metamorphosis from journalist to author. On the face of it, the two seem similar – both are writing, both tell stories –...

read more
Zoë Deleuil: The Accidental Novel

Zoë Deleuil: The Accidental Novel

I'm excited to welcome Zoe Deleuil, to the attic this week. Zoë is from Perth, Western Australia, but now lives in Berlin with her family. I remember running into Zoe at the Perth Writers Festival a few years ago (in the women’s loos, of course!), and chatting at...

read more
Emma Young: Confessions of a Hopeless Book Nerd

Emma Young: Confessions of a Hopeless Book Nerd

I'm thrilled to welcome Emma Young to the attic this week. Emma's novel, The Last Bookshop, was recently published by Fremantle Press. Having worked in a bookshop and as an avid reader herself, it's only fitting her post is about books. I remember chatting to a...

read more
Polly Phillips: Writing As Therapy

Polly Phillips: Writing As Therapy

I'm so excited to introduce this week's writer in the attic, début author, Polly Phillips, as we recently spent a balmy Perth evening together, along with another couple of Perth authors, talking writing and books and life. Polly’s post today continues those themes...

read more
Irma Gold: The Ideas Tree

Irma Gold: The Ideas Tree

I have a little story about this post: About three years ago, I asked Irma if she'd like to write a post for the attic. She said words to the effect of: 'I'd love to, but would you mind waiting until my novel is published?' It's been a long time but I'm thrilled to...

read more
Josephine Taylor: On Being Disappointed

Josephine Taylor: On Being Disappointed

The stories in this series often inspire—stories of disappointment and rejection that ultimately led to success. Today’s post embodies all of that and more. Josephine Taylor didn't set out to be a writer, but after vulvodynia completely upended her life plans, forcing...

read more
Rose Van Son: Unravelling the Self

Rose Van Son: Unravelling the Self

In the attic this week is my dear friend, Western Australian poet, Rose Van Son. Rose is a huge supporter of the WA writing community, so I'm thrilled to be able to share her words here in the attic. In this post, Rose write about her childhood memories, her love of...

read more