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Read an E-book week starts March 5th (5pm AEDT) and ends March 11th.

A great chance to find free and reduced prices on great self-published books from new and established authors.

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To all members of our TAT family, readers and contributors, who celebrate Diwali..

We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.

   HAPPY DIWALI!

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Earlier this month, at the grand age of 90, Peter Tripovich has just completed a walk all the way around Australia.
The jubilant Echuca man strode down Melbourne’s Bourke St mall, arms held high in victory at the end of a decade-long quest.
The RAAF veteran and farmer began the walk when he was 79, wanting to raise money for children in poorer countries who were “worse off than ourselves”.
He started on the approximately 20,000 km walk around Australia in Melbourne, choosing to work with the charity, International Children’s Care Australia and aiming to raise $200,000. His anti-clockwise circuit continued for 15,000km when he reached Pemberton, WA. At that time, he needed to return home to tend his wife who had terminal cancer. He spent the next four years caring for her, during which time he flew to the mountainous Thai/Burmese border region to help build shelters for children and villagers. An experience that’s had a lasting effect on him.
Last Australia Day, at the age of 89, he returned to Pemberton for the final 3500 km jaunt to Melbourne. Each day he woke at 3 am and walked between 30-40 km. He was followed all the way by his support staff of three.

Peter is a true “aussie battler that overcame”.
If you would like to help Peter reach his $200,000 goal – visit ICC Australia

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Are you a writer, or part of a literature organisation in regional Victoria?

Regional Arts Victoria and City of Literature are partnering to present two literature events in October.

REGIONAL CULTURAL FORUM
The forum will be a one day networking event where you will have the opportunity to hear from artists and arts workers working in the field. Speakers from across the state will include festivals and writers sharing their stories of success and challenge.

In this one day event you will:

  • Meet and connect with other writers and literary programmers from across the state
  • Hear inspiring stories from people that have successfully set up literary festivals and groups
  • Hear from writers about the challenges and opportunities they face when working in regional Victoria

Forum Details
Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Time: 10.00am–4.00pm
Cost: FREE but bookings are essential. A light lunch will be provided
RSVP: to Lucy Hamilton lhamilton@rav.net.au or (03) 9644 1813 by Monday 17 October.
Please specify any dietary or access requirements

Speakers include:

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Southern Tasmania, Melbourne & the Great Ocean Rd, Southwest Australia Showcased

Published this October, global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Food Trails is a gastronomic tour of the world in 52 short breaks — with Australia represented by Southern Tasmania, Melbourne & the Great Ocean Rd, and Southwest Australia.

Following its best-selling Wine Trails (2015), Lonely Planet has now scoured the world for the greatest food experiences around which to plan travels — not just fine dining, but also the best regional specialities, the most atmospheric street food spots, and the most memorable cooking courses.

Taste the planet’s most exciting local cuisines – from barbeque in Texas to patisserie in Paris – in this comprehensive guide, from the new Lonely Planet Food imprint, to 52 weekends of food heaven.

Discover new food and drink experiences, meet local producers and get inspired by these delicious Food Trails:

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– Conducted via email. 5-6 June, 2016 | The Girl in Green launch, SCRIBE

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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Derek B. Miller author of THE GIRL IN GREEN

Hi Derek, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I’m a native New Englander, born and raised in Greater Boston. I lived in New York and then Washington DC for college and graduate school and later moved to Europe in 1996, making this my 20 year anniversary. That’s something of a milestone for me, and its odd to think that in only six or seven more years I’ll have spent more of my life in Europe than America, given how relentlessly American I am (just ask my Norwegian wife).

I worked in international affairs for over twenty years at the UN, with think tanks and now as director of The Policy Lab® which I founded in 2011. We mainly work on helping organizations turn knowledge and creative thinking into strategic assets in the design of solutions, most often on humanitarian, development, and peace and security matters. This has given me a distinct footing into the material in the novel.

In terms of writing, I started on fiction in 1996. I did this quietly and didn’t mention it most people because it was probably considered weird or pretentious or socially “off.” Also, people aren’t interested in hearing you blather on for a decade about your efforts to write one or more manuscripts that never become novels. But I loved everything about it and I toiled away at the art and craft of it until 2008 when my first novel (but not my first manuscript) was finally sold. That was Norwegian by Night which met some very positive critical reception. Today, I’m writing more and more. I see myself doing this until I drop dead or the critics kill me.

What was your inspiration when creating the characters Thomas Benton and Arwood Hobbes?

The Girl in Green is set in Iraq, and about two-thirds of the book is firmly planted in the year 2013, which was an interesting time. The U.S. troops were mostly gone, Iraq was kind of on its own (though with constant international interference, including from Iran), and ISIL hadn’t quite broken off from al-Qaeda and become its own, distinct problem. In that turning-point moment, the international humanitarian organizations were still operating in refugee camps and around the country trying to protect civilians and provide support to the local population. So this novel is not a war book, and it is not about soldiers. It’s something else. To some extent, it’s something still undefined. Maybe it’s the first “peace book?” I don’t know. But it’s stepping into an uncharted space, anyway.

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Lynette Noni is the author of The Medoran Chronicles (Arkanae, Raelia and Draekora), a Young Adult fantasy series following protagonist Alex Jennings as she stumbles upon the magical world of Medora and tries to make her way back home.

Wanda Wiltshire is the author of the Betrothed series (Betrothed, Allegiance and Confused), a series divided between Earth and the magical world of Faera; home to faeries and perhaps Marla’s long lost soul mate. 

I sat down with both Lynette and Wanda and had a chat about their different writing styles, their inspirations and creative processes. Here’s what they had to say:

What inspired you to go into YA? Was it your own reflection of childhood, teenagers in your life or certain authors that really connected you to the genre? 

Wanda: Well, when I started writing it was, the very short version of it, was the result of an epiphany. And so I just wrote the story that came to me. The story was actually the answer to a prayer quite literally. I had no kind of feeling about which genre it might fit into or who the audience would be or anything like that. I didn’t start to think about that until afterwards. But I definitely draw on my own childhood. Especially my main character Marla who kinda has had a bit of a struggle with her childhood and then slowly throughout the novel we see her find herself and find her strengths and use them, so in that way my childhood has inspired. And my audience actually, is not just Young Adult either. I think that’s the starting point but I’ve also got readers that are grandmothers who then pass it down to their children and their grandchildren so it wasn’t really a thought thing, it was just something that happened. 

Lynette: I was reading, I’ve always loved reading younger books, and I was reading a lot of them at a time just before I started writing and I was growing increasingly concerned by a lot of the protagonists and the age of the readers to how mature the themes were in the books, and I wanted to write a book that had a lot of the normal mild tropes and enjoyment and escapism kind of elements, but with someone who was healthy to sort of look at. Not look at as in physically but look at as in be inspired by, be encouraged by. When a reader reads a book, especially in that age group, they’ll want to be that person. So I wanted to give them someone who was relatable and someone they could aspire to be but also someone who wasn’t teaching them stuff that I wouldn’t want my kids to be taught if I had them in that age group too. Basically I wrote the book I wanted to read. 

So you were more influenced by what you’ve read?

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A Melbourne based writer, coffee drinker, day dreamer and occasional wanderer.

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Lady Midnight

What will happen next? It’s a simple question that can drive readers certifiably insane. When a bombshell has just been dropped, a relationship is left unresolved, and evil has the upper hand, the dynamic of a story is stolen right from under your feet while you’re forced to wait another year for the outcome.

Fortunately this is going to be an amazing year for YA. So what are the 10 most highly-anticipated YA novels in a series for 2016?  Here are my top picks. Continue reading

Anna Harvey's is an eccentric creative writer with a major phoenix obsession, who gets her best ideas from dreams, horror movies and hollywood heartthrobs. The ultimate goal is to become a successful YA author collaborating with music through transmedia platforms. Anna has a Bachelor in Contemporary Music and Performance at JMC Academy and a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology. When she isn't inventing new stories and writing songs, Anna can be found at the beach reading, setting off her smoke alarm from the delicacies she's creating in the kitchen, or online watching funny cat videos.

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In Brazil by Fran Bryson

Fran Bryson’s In Brazil is not so much a travel book as it is a collection of experiences carefully woven in to a love story of deep intrigue. For seven years Bryson travels through Brazil while taking us from the epicentres of modern Brazil to the remote and spiritual places that continue to flavour Brazilian life. Continue reading

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Modern Romance

It’s an undeniable fact that the art of courting and dating is changing with the times. Between websites like Tumblr, and the rise of online matchmaking services such as Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder, you would think we would be spoiled for choice, easily finding happiness in a loving relationship. But is this really the case? Aziz Ansari teams up with Eric Klinenberg – a professor of Sociology at New York University, to ask just that. Continue reading

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Red Rising

Review by Sarah Gill

I am a huge fan of Sci-Fi and dystopian genres and since reading the first two novels in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy last year, I have eagerly been awaiting the release of the final book in the series.

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A woman hiding in the bedroom closet, clutching a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a loaded gun in the other, peering through the louvre slats and waiting for her no-good husband to come staggering in with a teenage girl and his pants around his ankles.Continue reading

Jane Freeman is a Sydney based freelance writer and journalist who has worked in Australia, London and New York. In the past she has written full time for the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as writing two novels and contributing to assorted non-fiction books. She is an obsessive reader and media consumer when she has time, between loads of washing, driving kids, drinking red wine and being trained by a poodle.

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Legend by Marie Lu

Review by Sarah Gill

Legend is a 2011 dystopian debut novel written by Marie Lu. It is the first book in a trilogy and is followed by Prodigy and Champion. It is a story of revenge, betrayal, love and control; it will have your heart racing and your fingers poised ready to turn the next page. Continue reading

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Sometimes, it’s only by shining a light on someone else that you can truly understand yourself.”

In her latest novel, The Marble Collector, best-selling author Cecelia Ahern explores this statement in a heart-wrenching tale of unconditional love and self-discovery.

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Jackie Smith is a Brisbane-based freelance journalist and editor and proofreader whose work has been published through various media platforms including Cargo ART Magazine, Hush Hush Biz and Scenestr. As well as being an avid reader and writer, she has a keen interest in music, history, film, arts and culture.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the story of Sara, a young woman who travels from Sweden to the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa, to meet her pen pal, Amy. On arriving in Broken Wheel, Sara finds the residents of the town departing Amy’s funeral. Despite this unexpected turn of events, Sara stays on in the town and turns it upside down with her love of books. Before long, Broken Wheel and its inhabitants find a new lease on life, while Sara herself discovers that not all people outside of her beloved books are as bad as she believes.

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Heather is a reader of just about anything she can get her hands on and it's rare she goes anywhere without a book. While she doesn't stick to any one genre, she has a preference for historical fiction, particularly anything set in the World War One era. Heather is currently working towards a B.A. in Professional Writing and Publishing and occasionally dabbles in writing her own historical fiction.

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‘The death of any human was without metaphor or likeness … It was not a writerly event. It was not contained within sentences.’ A Guide to Berlin is Gail Jones’s first novel in five years. Written in her rhythmical, evocative style, the book follows the interactions of six travellers from the corners of the globe who meet in Berlin to share their stories and their passion for the work of Vladimir Nabokov.

A sudden act of violence then shatters the group and each member is affected in profound ways, the direction of their lives irrevocably changed. A Guide to Berlin is a fascinating, luminous study of human behaviour, set against the backdrop of an unforgettable city. It will delight all those who loved Five Bells, as well as readers who are coming to Gail’s work for the first time.
A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones
Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections and the novels Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams of Speaking, Sorry and Five Bells. Three times shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ALS Gold Medal. She has also been shortlisted for international awards, including the IMPAC and the Prix Femina. Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages.

Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave, Vic.

When: Thursday April 16th, 1pm.

Danielle will be speaking about her background, education, inspiration, and the themes and stories of each of her published books.

Her most recent book is – Blom – A Woman’s Journey to Individuation – A novel in verse

Blom, meaning flower in German, is the incredible story of a woman who channels philosophies and music of legendary thinkers and musicians, in a subconscious language heard only in dreams.

As told through poetic form, a woman receives psychic communications, with a subconscious understanding and knowledge of German. The poetic form adds a musicality and lyricism to the novel, and evokes the symbolic quality of dreams.

The novel begins at a séance in the early 1900s, attended by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, where his cousin Helene Prieswerk as medium, summons the spirits of the dead.

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Author’s background:
The author’s background includes a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature, and books available in libraries throughout Australia, including a psychological thriller novel, Blood for St Valentine, Ellipse – a collection of poetry, short fiction, Raiders of the Headland and other stories, the children’s novel, The Orphan of Botany Bay, and the thesis, Psychological Reflections on Post-Modernist Gothic Literature.

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By Joanne Efendi.

Recently a very close friend of mine underwent some serious breast cancer surgery. One minute she was healthy, holidaying with her family and enjoying what her life and future had to offer, then the next minute, after a routine scan, she heard those words: “I’m sorry, but you have cancer.” A few short weeks later, she was in hospital having life saving surgery, and Boxing Day saw her start months of chemo and radiation treatment. But not once did she complain and ask “why me?” She is one tough chick! Even when ‘the red devil’ was burning it’s way through her veins, killing all the cancer cells in it’s wake, she didn’t complain. It was merely a means to the end. And then there were the days after chemo, when she couldn’t lift her head off the pillow. But still she didn’t complain. Not to mention when she couldn’t eat because of mouth and stomach ulcers from the treatment, or the hot flushes she was experiencing because of the hormone therapy. And in her true spirit and nature, it was only when coffee started to taste different, that she cursed cancer, and was concerned that she would never be able to enjoy coffee again. Not the fact that she was now wearing scarves because she was bald, or all her eyebrows and eyelashes had fallen out and chemo was leaking from her eyes, but that coffee no longer tasted good! (fear not, we experimented and found that week two after chemo was the best time for coffee and burgers. And didn’t we take advantage of it!)

Through the whole ordeal, she stayed strong. It was only part way through her chemo that I saw a glimpse of her true suffering. And even then, all she said to me was: “I’m sick of having to be strong.” I couldn’t even go to her and see her that day, as I was sick with a head cold. Not that I was being pitiful, ‘wah wah I’m sick’, but, I had to stay away. The risk of her catching my cold was too great.

To her very credit and strength, the next day, she picked herself up and dusted herself off, and said, “Let’s get on with it.” And that she did. She came out the otherside. Her hair has returned, and thankfully, her tastebuds have too! She is back into coffee and chocolate with avengence. She is also back running and swimming, but in someone that has only truely been in her place can understand, life looks all that bit different. Trivial things that would have once been a priority, now take a back burner.

She has been given a second chance, and that is why I wrote my short story ‘Second Chance’ for ‘Tied In Pink’ a breast cancer anthology. My story was written for you Shaz. Now is your time, to do what YOU want to do but never had the courage.

I implore everyone to go buy ‘Tied In Pink’, because every time someone buys it, funds are donated, and it gives someone else with breast cancer the opportunity to have their second chance.

‘Tied In Pink’ is available for purchase on Amazon.

 

First posted on Joanne’s Blog ‘Just Another Self Published Author’

 

Keep an eye out for a review of ‘Tied in Pink’ in the upcoming Books Magazine

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What made you want to become an author?

Oddly enough, I don’t know. Being a writer was never something I had thought or considered a possibility – especially when thinking of career choice. I came from a corporate background and it wasn’t until I sold my company in the United Kingdom and moved back to Australia to have my second daughter that I started to write stories. I guess if I had to say one thing – it would be that reading made me want to be a writer. Discovering stories and whether or not I enjoyed them and then, dissecting what exactly I did and didn’t enjoy became a pattern. One day, instead of reading a new book, I started writing a new story. It went from there.

What is your favourite thing about being an author?

That the only limitations are the ones you put on yourself. When you work in fiction, it is your job to think outside the box, to come up with new and interesting stories and characters. There is nothing that belongs in the no-go area – the job of fiction is to go everywhere.

Where did the inspiration for the Violet Eden and Disruption series come from?

The Violet Eden Chapters started with the name Violet. From there I researched everything to do with the word ‘violet’ until I stumbled across the rainbow mythology and then the biblical folklore around it and…to angels. It all flowed from there. One of the best things about that series was that there were so many possibilities thanks to all of the mythology at my fingertips.

Disruption started from a simple thought – wouldn’t it be interesting if we could just walk by a person and get a rating? Somehow, just instantly know whether or not we were compatible. But then, if that could happen, what are all of the other implications of a technology with that kind of power?

My stories always start with questions. My job is to answer them in a way not many would expect J

You made a successful switch from Urban Fantasy to Dystopia – how did your fans react?

My readers were great and happily came with me (as far as I know!). I don’t think I’ll ever just write in one genre. It just isn’t in me as a writer. I want to do a lot of different things. I have another novel, Between the Lives, which is more of a contemporary psychological mish mash with a dose of the unexplainable. I have a children’s picture book on the way and next, I plan to do something completely different again. Where is the fun in always being the same? 😉

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Check out this sneak peek of the upcoming interview with Best Selling Author Paula Weston in the next books magazine:

 

What made you want to become an author?

I’ve always been an avid reader and I’d been writing stories since I was in primary school, but it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I wrote my first manuscript. I loved the process of discovering characters and brainstorming plot ideas, and I became totally addicted to imagining and writing my own stories.

 

(It took five more manuscripts, two plays, a short-listed short story and a pile of rejections before I was finally a published author 16 years later. More on that below.)

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toowoomba prize

Toowoomba Wordsmiths and Fellowship of Australian writers is accepting submission for:

Inaugural Literary Prize

Entries open 1 May and close 31 July, 2014.

Winning entries will be included in an anthology published by the Fellowship of Australian Writers.

Non-winning entries may also be chosen for publication.

Submit up to 3 works

Entry fee $5.00 per work submitted.

For more information visit: http://toowoombawritersfestival.com/writing-competitions/