Head down, bum up

25th August 2016
On writing, Personal

I just wanted to post quickly to apologise for the long gaps between posts. I’m writing another novel and, unlike some other writers, I am not the best creative multitasker. If I’m working on a TV script, I stop work on everything else to focus on it. The same has […]

Sydney Writers Festival Western Sydney Roadshow

26th November 2015
On writing, Public events

It has been a huge but fantastic week visiting libraries in Western Sydney and giving talks and writing workshops, along with Melissa Keil, Claire Zorn, Catherine Jinks and Tim Sinclair as part of the Sydney Writers Festival 2015 Roadshow. We’ve been to Blacktown, Parramatta, Cabramatta, Penrith and are finishing the week […]

On money & community

13th October 2015
On writing, Personal

This doesn’t have much to do with writing. Well, maybe a little bit. Did you know that the average writing income of an Australian author is $12,900? Unless you happen to smash out an international bestseller you don’t earn a whole heap from writing books. Add to that having three […]

Somerset, oh, Somerset.

25th March 2015
Nona & Me, On writing, Public events

My first writers’ festival – the Somerset Celebration of Literature. What a blast. So many great experiences crammed in to three days. Like the total newbie I am in this YA writing world, I went to see as many authors talk about their books as I could. What? Oh yes, […]

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. So close.

20th December 2014
Nona & Me, On writing, Personal

You won’t see the beautiful cover of Nona & Me on The 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards list. But you might have, if it had been the Premier’s 22…or 25…or something like that. The judges said they were ‘very taken’ with the book, their official comment being: ‘Clare Atkins’s first novel […]

Letting go

29th July 2014
Nona & Me, On writing

Man, it is hard. The final manuscript is due to go to the printer next week and I keep thinking ‘Maybe I should have another look just in case there are little bits I could improve/change/fix’. Then I stop myself, because I know that no matter how many times I […]