Dear readers, welcome!

Front CoverTroubadour C

Thank you to everyone who came along to the launch of my eighth novel Troubadour at Abbeys Book Shop in Sydney. It was a fun evening laced with French wine from the regions where the story takes place. This is the third time that Abbeys have kindly hosted a launch so I'm very grateful to them. Thank you to fellow author Felicity Pulman, too, for launching the book, and to Rachael, Natika and Adam from Mira and the entire publishing team for believing the story was worth sharing.  

It's a busy month with author panels for Library Louts and the Historical Novels Society plus talks for Cancer Council and Blacktown Seniors Club. However, there has also been plenty of time to write and I'm really enjoying the process at the moment. Sometimes when it's 'work' (and especially if there's a deadline), it can be a chore and a slog. That's not the case at the moment. This new manuscript is set in a different era to previous books and I'm enjoying the research and characters very much.

Writing can be a series of lightbulb moments that often come when the mind is in restful mode, like when you are walking the dog or taking a shower. One author friend said her greatest ideas came when she was loading the washing-machine. I can't say doing the laundry turns me on. Maybe there was a magic ley-line running beneath her feet.

When things are going well, the subconscious can be a great helpmate, too. After working on a chapter all day, you can wake up next morning with your subconscious telling you that you've left something out or suchlike. It's been working all night like a subeditor, bless it! That's quite a state of bliss for novelists, the state of being really immersed in your story. But enough! I'd better stop wittering on and get back to writing.

Happy reading, everyone!

Historical Novels Society of Australasia

If you love historicals and particularly if you live in Victoria, you might like to come to the HNSA Conference which will be held in Melbourne in September (see Upcoming Events). There will be lots of author panels and Regency writer Anne Gracie and I are presenting a craft workshop or aspiring authors.

Plantagenet Society of Australia

PlantagenetsLogoAbout 15 years ago, six of us started a history society dedicated to the Plantagenet era (Henry II—Richard III). We meet six times a year and our invited speakers are experts from many fields.

We now have a Facebook page and you can find videos of the talks we’ve enjoyed this year from guest speakers Professor Carole Cusack , Professor Jonathon Wooding and yours truly.

The next meeting will be on Saturday 20 May at Hornsby Library Meeting Room at 2pm – Talk by Professor Sybil Jack on Medieval Towns.

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Upcoming events

Thursday 18 May
10 am, Blacktown RSL
Talk for Blacktown Seniors Club by Isolde: Richard III and the Princes in the Tower

Friday 26 May
10 am, St Ives Library
Author talk on Troubadour and some: How not to examples, followed by Cancer Council Morning Tea (Cost $10, bookings essential)
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Monday 29 May
6:30-8 pm, Sutherland Library
HNSA author panel: Lisa Storrs, Julianne Miles Brown, Debbie Robson and Isolde Martyn

9 to 10 September 2017
Historical Novel Society of Australasia Conference, Swinburne University, Melbourne:

  • Author panel ‘A rose by any other name….’ (authors Anna Campbell, Lisa Chaplin, Lucinda Brant and Isolde Martyn)
  • Historical Romance Workshop for Aspiring Authors (presented by Anne Gracie and Isolde Martyn)