Why I slashed the first three chapters of my novel
Chapter one of my debut novel Return to Desiree Bay didn’t originally start with the protagonist Skye Summerhayes driving into her home town. I’d always resisted placing my heroine literally in the driver’s seat because, a long time ago, I took to advice from an author to avoid starting a story with a driving scene….
A journey to the heart of Nepal
My friend and critique partner, author Sandra Groom has published her debut novel, The Goddess of Kathmandu. The story is set for the most part in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and charts Australian Lara Gordon’s journey of self discovery. Lara travels to Nepal for a three-month sojourn after her work and romantic life falls…