Melbourne-based author, publisher, professional reader, whisky-drinker.
My debut novel, A Superior Spectre, is published by Peter Bishop Books (Ventura) in Australia and Saraband in the UK. It has been shortlisted for five literary awards. You can read more about A Superior Spectre and buy it here.
I recently won the inaugural Mslexia (UK) Novella Competition for Joan Smokes and that will be available in ebook and print in December 2019. More soon!
I previously released a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt), and edited an anthology of spooky Australian stories, The Great Unknown (Spineless Wonders).
Find out more about all of these on the ‘books’ page.
I’ve published short stories, flash fiction, articles, essays, reviews, interviews and the odd poem in a wide variety of publications. See my short stories, nonfiction and poetry pages for a list and some links.
At the end of 2014 I joined the team at Echo Publishing as a commissioning editor. In 2018 Echo became an imprint of Bonnier Books UK and I was promoted to publisher. I am behind many award-winning and internationally published Australian books, and a global number one bestseller. In 2017 I was named Employee of the Year for the Bonnier Publishing group (UK/US/AU).
From July to December 2015 I was the Literary Columnist for Killings. Previously, I reviewed for newspapers like the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue, and for journals and websites around the world. I blogged for three years on literature for Crikey. LiteraryMinded has been running since May 2007.
In 2014 I graduated from a Doctor of Creative Arts within the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.
I have chaired panels, been on panels, or performed at Perth Writers Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, Adelaide’s Format Festival, Williamstown Literary Festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the Australian Booksellers Association Conference, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Write Around the Murray, Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival (for which I have also been an official blogger), Genrecon, the Newstead Short Story Tattoo, Melbourne’s Overload Poetry Festival, the Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival in Bali, the National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
I currently work as a freelance editor, specialising in structural and story editing and advice. My free monthly newsletter on writing and publishing is launching in 2020. Sign up here.
My email address is literaryminded (at) gmail (dot) com.
* On Writing (podcast)
* Booktopia (podcast)
* Words and Nerds (podcast)
* Writing the future, science in fiction, alongside author Margaret Morgan (ABC podcast, second half of the recording)
* More Than A Whelan (podcast)
* The emotional journey of writers, on L.J.M. Owen’s blog (written)
* Final Draft 2SER (podcast)