Writers’ Block: Author Interviews

How to Stop Aging: guest post by Jenn J McLeod

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 0 comments

How to Stop Aging: guest post by Jenn J McLeod

Jenn J McLeod has become something of a regular on my interview list and chatting with Jenn is always filled with wisdom and humour–just like her books. I’ve read them all and was thrilled to get my hands on an advance copy of her latest gem The Other Side of the Season.

The novel slips between the present day, in which we follow Sidney and her search for her lost grandparents (plenty of mystery there, too), and the late 1970s when … Well, I’ll let Jenn tell you all about that.

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On Love and Deception: Interview with Tess Woods

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 6 comments

On Love and Deception: Interview with Tess Woods

Today I’m at the airport in Western Australia, on the very spot where Matt got his first fateful glimpse of Mel. Join me in a chat with their creator, Australian author Tess Woods, whose debut novel Love at First Flight has just won 2015 Readers Choice Novel of the Year.

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What Lies Beneath—Interview with Sara Foster

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 4 comments

What Lies Beneath—Interview with Sara Foster

In this interview with Sara Foster, we hike the Fells in quintessential Beatrix Potter country. January in the UK probably isn’t the best time for a hike above Lake Windermere. In summer the view of the lake is to die for—a sapphire jewel shrouded in mist and emerald hills. Right now it’s the perfect setting for the new gripping psychological suspense from Australia’s Sara Foster, All That Is Lost Between Us. What lie’s beneath the surface of this ‘happy’ family and will Georgie’s secret destroy those she loves?

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Magic and Mystery: Interview with Ellie O’Neill

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 0 comments

Magic and Mystery: Interview with Ellie O’Neill

This week I’ve moved Writers’ Block to Geelong in deference to my guest, Ellie O’Neill, but I’ve still created a piece of the mystical island, Hy Brasil. To the outside world it’s shrouded in mist, but cocooned within that mist is a way of life the islanders protect fiercely. Especially the oldies. They’ve been giving me the evil eye as I wait on one of the low stone walls that honeycomb the island. They are strangely strong, these old islanders, and, when they think I’m not looking, unbelievably content. I hope they’ll be more welcoming to my guest, whose second child is due any day. Here she comes now, looking as bright as the landscape, ready to chat about her latest novel of magical realism and Irish fables, The Enchanted Island.

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Coming soon on Writers’ Block

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 0 comments

Coming soon on Writers’ Block

See who’s dropping by Writers Block to chat about books and writing…

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Childhood and Silver Screens: Interview with Todd Alexander

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 2 comments

Childhood and Silver Screens: Interview with Todd Alexander

For the first time in years, the roller door is up and a lamp burns brightly casting shadows across an old sofa and the dog-eared biography of Katharine Hepburn. The garage still smells of Pa—of sweat, engine oil and stale booze—though the old man hasn’t been here in a while. This is Tom’s place. A place of memories and secrets and startling discoveries. I’m here to welcome Australian author and creator of the wonderful Tom Houghton, a novel that deserves to become a classic. Join me in welcoming Todd Alexander.

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On the Scent of a Woman: Interview with Fiona McIntosh

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 2 comments

On the Scent of a Woman: Interview with Fiona McIntosh

From the relative cool of a shady spot on the De Lasset estate I observe the May rose harvest of Grasse. It’s the time of the Great War and with all the men away it’s women, wearing simple cotton skirts and shirts, who are bent over the sea of pink blooms, plucking and filling their sacks with petals that will form the heart of Grasse perfume. Tea has been laid out in honor of my special guest and creator of the story contained within this wonderful vista, multi-talented Australian writer Fiona McIntosh.

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Crime, Place and Politics: Interview with Angela Savage

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 0 comments

Crime, Place and Politics: Interview with Angela Savage

Situated in an open-fronted bar on the famous Walking Street of Pattaya, the Coconut Club isn’t a place I’d normally inhabit. Especially not alone. Still, after the late afternoon humidity of Pattaya I’m grateful for the chill airconditioning. A slender Thai beauty works her grass skirt and flirtations on the leering blokes, using drinking games and flattery to keep the beer flowing. At the bar PI Jayne Keeney is on a case, looking pale and interesting as she coaxes information from another of the waitresses. She hasn’t spotted me, which is fine, because I’m here to meet her creator, award winning Melbourne writer Angela Savage.

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D(r)iving into Suspense–Interview with Ann Turner

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 0 comments

D(r)iving into Suspense–Interview with Ann Turner

Today I’m living the dream: red sports car, the Amalfi coast, and a chance to chat with talented screenwriter and author of the suspense-filled debut The Lost Swimmer, a novel as thrilling as this drive along the famous coastal road high above the Tyrrhenian Sea. I’m hoping our conversation will distract us from the sheer drop just metres beyond the passenger door. Cross your fingers a tourist bus doesn’t cut one of those blind bends ahead, and join me in welcoming Ann Turner.

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Road Trip to Revelation with Jenn J McLeod

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 22 comments

Road Trip to Revelation with Jenn J McLeod

Today I’m reconnecting with one of my favourite women’s fiction authors. We’ve met her before—you might remember our chat about her debut novel House for All Seasons—but this time I’m waiting just outside Saddleton ready to be collected by my guest as she takes us on a quick trip around the landscape of her latest novel, Season of Shadow and Light. Here she comes now, tearing up the unsealed road in an old ute named ‘The Beast’. Please join me in welcoming Jenn J McLeod.

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Across Borders and Beyond Time—Interview with Posie Graeme-Evans

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 6 comments

Across Borders and Beyond Time—Interview with Posie Graeme-Evans

A little nervous today! It’s a subdued summer’s day, the kind you only get in London, and I’ve escaped the mania of Royal Wedding Fever to sit in this tiny slice of tearoom in the cloisters of St Bartholomew the Great to await my very special guest—a woman whom I’ve long admired (and envied!). She is best known in Australia as the creator of McLeod’s Daughters, but is a woman of many talents, including historical fiction. I’ve been privileged enough to read an advance proof of her latest novel, Wild Wood, a time-slip novel with a touch of mysticism. Please join me in welcoming Posie-Graeme-Evans.

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Fear Can Go To Hell – Interview with Debut Suspense Author Sandy Vaile

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Latest Posts, Writers' Block: Author Interviews | 4 comments

Fear Can Go To Hell – Interview with Debut Suspense Author Sandy Vaile

A couple of kids give me the eye as I saunter past the flaking blue exterior and into the Croydon’s front bar, which is as in need of an overhaul as the regulars propping up the bar. At least the beer-tainted airconditioning gets rid of the smell of weed from the rollies the kids were smoking. I take a seat. The guy in the corner does his best to hide in his baggy black shirt, but from his blond head to his deliberately scuffed shoes I peg him as a cop. Still, he’s easy on the eye while I wait for my special guest, debut romantic suspense author, Sandy Vaile. Ah, here she comes now.

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