Josie Alibrandi, Christina Alibrandi, Katia Alibrandi, Jacob Coote, Michael Andretti, Sera, Anna, Lee, Ivy Lloyd, Francesca Spinelli, Mia Spinelli, Bobby Spinelli, Luca Spinelli, Will Trombal, Tara Finke, Thomas Mackee, Justine Kalinsky, Siobhan Sullivan, Eva Rodriguez, Anna Nguyen, Shaheen, Javier, Taylor Markham, Raffy, Jonah Griggs, Chaz Santangelo, Hannah, Jude, Jessa McKenzie, Santangelo’s mum, Santangelo’s dad, Dom Mackee, Jacinta Mackee, Annabel Mackee, Bill Mackee, Grace Mackee, Georgie Finch, Sam Thompson, Ned the Cook, Mohsin the Ignorer, Violette Lebrac and any of my other characters living in Australia, would all vote for Marriage Equality and would make sure they were registered for the postal vote and have all their details updated by midnight tonight.
The US paperback of Tell the Truth comes out in October and the smaller Australian format was released this month. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the novel came out. It’s had such a wonderful response and I’ve had the opportunity to get into great conversations about it. I miss those characters.
I’ll be in Ayr on the 18th August which I’m looking forward to. It’s my mum’s home town and she’s coming up with me. I’ll be doing school talks on the Friday, but will more than possibly be doing an event on the Friday evening for anyone who would like to turn up. I’d love to see familiar faces there. It’s Katia Alibrandi’s home turf, and it holds a very special place in my heart. Below is a bit of information, but there’s more to come.
The When Rosie Met Jim short story is now available. Here is where you can buy it.
The above is available for pre-order. Here is the link.
Because the short story now officially exists, and I’m about ten thousand words into a novel, I feel as if I can talk about what I’m working on a little more.
It will be a novel primarily about one house, four characters, five lives, and told through three points of view.
Jimmy is 23 years old in When Rosie met Jim. In the novel, he’ll be about 25 because it takes place in Sydney about two years after the events of the short story. It’s not YA, but regardless, I’m predictable. It’s a generational story and it’s character driven, relationship driven and pretty much about community, solace and the ties that bind. (and netball).
The song I’m listening to at the moment is Babylon by Dave Gray and it’s become my lead into the lives of the older characters.
Fingers crossed, I’m hoping to finish the first draft later this year. (I’ll get back to you then).
The Review of Australian Fiction (reviewofaustralianfiction.com) has a great concept where a well-established writer asks a talented writer, who may be lesser known, to also submit a short story.
Last time I wrote a story for the RAF, it was in the same edition as the very talented Kirsty Eagar. This time it’s Kathryn Barker, whose debut novel In the Skin of a Monster won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2016 and was shortlisted for Best Fantasy. Her second novel, Waking Romeo will be published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and Flatiron Books in the US in 2019.
Kathryn’s short story for the RAF is called Shoeboxes and it is an amazing psychological thriller. To tell you anything more would ruin the reader’s experience.
My short story is called When Rosie met Jim. It’s about a young woman who finds herself stranded in a Queensland town during a flood, where she meets a guy named Jim. (the title is quite literal, and yes, it’s him for those who know my previous work).
Both stories will be available online on the 20th of June. I will publish the link when it’s available (it costs about $2.99).
Mine will be the first chapter of the novel I’m writing, which unlike the short story, is set in the same part of Sydney I tend to write about in my contemporary novels. Here’s the first line.
It’s rained for forty days and forty nights, so when a guy who looks like Jesus in orange SES overalls comes to stand next to her, Rosie thinks it’s all a bit biblical.