My sample for Peacemaker is now complete and I’ve sent it to my agent. From there it will go to my publisher and (hopefully) I might hear something back before Christmas. I’m excited by what I’ve written, and feel the world and characters firmly in place. There is not a lot more I can do for the moment, other than hope.

So, the Writing the Novel series will take a slight detour, while I talk about the process of beginning my new YA novel, Grave Light (was called Ruzalia) . Although it is the second in the series (bk 1 Burn Bright), the characters have shifted location, so I’ve been spending the morning hunting out visual stimulation, in between writing scenes. Like many people, I have a fascination with abandoned buildings. Not their creepiness, but more the sense of the past that inhabits them. What went on between their walls? What jealousies, passions and betrayals? I get the same quizzical thrill from buying second hand books – though to a lesser extent.

I’ve chosen a couple of buildings on which to model the new setting (the home of Ruzalia the pirate). I thought you might like to see them. These were taken from the

Using images as stimulation works well for me and I did this extensively with the Sentients of Orion series.

Having two chosen exteriors, I’ll probably end up with a mashup of them.

What do you use to get you going on a novel?


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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 





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