Monthly Archives: June 2017

When Rosie Met Jim Part 2

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The above is available for pre-order.  Here is the link.

http://reviewofaustralianfiction.com/product/raf-152-volume-22-issue-6/

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Rosie met Jim

 

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.