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May 19, 2020

Kristy Fairlamb is an Australian author who writes Young Adult novels with high stakes and heart. She spends her days drinking coffee and torturing her characters with loads of tension – both love related and the nail biting kind.


She lives with her husband, teenage da...

May 12, 2020

Poppy Nwosu is an Adelaide-based author of YA fiction.  Her debut novel, Making Friends with Alice Dyson, was shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award, and the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize, and will be published by Walke...

May 5, 2020

Sonya Bates is a Canadian writer who has made South Australia her home since 1997. She studied linguistics at the University of Victoria before obtaining a Masters Degree in speech-language pathology. When her two daughters were young, she started writing for children...

April 18, 2019

(The two of us at Poppy's launch in Dymocks, Adelaide)

At the beginning of the year, I was lucky enough to catch up with debut author, Poppy Nwosu to chat about her (then) upcoming YA book, Making Friends with Alice Dyson (Wakefield Press).

It’s now a whole month si...

March 14, 2019

In this final blog, I’ll be talking to Anna Solding, MidnightSun Publishing’s co-founder and director. Anna has a PhD in creative writing and her acclaimed novel, The Hum of Concrete was MidnightSun Publishing’s first release.

My aim in this blog series, was to find out...

February 28, 2019

In this mini-series, I’m talking to a few writers at MidnightSun Publishing who have found that their background skills, training and experience have led to other opportunities, allowing them to become more involved in the intricacies of the publishing process....

February 19, 2019

The Mysteries of Publishing

Until very recently, I had absolutely no personal experience (or idea) about what might be involved in producing a book. Indeed, the notion of a publishing house had always held an air of mystery for me. Whenever I submitted a manuscript for...

January 21, 2019

Poppy Nwosu’s YA novel, Making Friends with Alice Dyson was shortlisted for the prestigious (and snappily titled!) Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award, 2018. Subsequently, Poppy was offered a contract for the book with Wakefield Press and...

January 1, 2019

In my last blog post, I described how one of the biggest challenges in my publishing journey has been the need to throw myself into pitch sessions: those five minute pockets of terror that seem to cost so dearly - not in terms of dollars, but in terms of dignity. I als...

November 23, 2018

The nightmare:

You’re jumpy, on edge. You can barely breathe yet all around, people are unconcerned, relaxed, unaware. On the opposite wall, the second hand on the clock spins, almost too fast to see, but the time doesn’t alter. When you force your eyes away, you realis...