Kelly Mether's short story Wittenoom was Highly Commended in the 2017 Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize.Robin Storey has published her sixth book, the suspense noir fiction A Time for Penance, on Amazon in May 2017.Samantha Wheeler has published her fourth children's book Wombat Warriors with UQP.Sandra Watkins has had her second article, a debate piece about allowing cattle into Australia's high country, accepted by The School Magazine.James Raven published Retaliation, the finale of his Sentinels of Tzurac science fiction trilogy, with CreateSpace as a paperback and an eBook.Mocco Wollert's poem Solomon: The Stray Persian was published in the November issue of FAW magazine, Jacaranda was published in Positive Words magazine, and Sometimes I Dream was published in SCOPE February 2017.Roz Glazebrook has had eighteen articles published in Weekend Notes online since December, 2016.Jane Smith's book Shoot-out at the Rock, the first in her children's historical fiction series Tommy Bell the Bushranger Boy, has been listed in the Children's Book Council of Australia's Notables for 2017.Mirandi Riwoe's novella The Fish Girl is the joint winner of Seizure's Viva la Novella V prize and will be published in September 2017.Dimity Powell's picture book The Fix-It Man has been published by Exisle Publishing.Jacki Ferro co-authored Rhonda Collard-Spratt's memoir Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child, which was published by Aboriginal Studies Press in April 2017. This book will be launched at Avid Reader on National Sorry Day, Friday 26 May 2017.The screenplay of James Raven's Terra Major Under Threat, Book 1 of the Sentinels of Tzurac trilogy received the Gold Award in the California Film Awards - Screenplay Competition for 2016.Lynne Lumsden Green will be a presenting on the topic of Australian Steampunk Authors at CapriCon: Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention in Rockhampton this April.Helen Stubbs' short story Uncontainable, published in Apex Magazine, has received an honourable mention in the Australian Shadows Awards, 2016.Betsy Roberts' first novel Summer Feet was published by Malua Publishing in December 2016 and is available in both print and eBook formats.Rae White's poem tweets i never published was featured in Cordite Poetry Review Issue 57.0: Confession. Rae's poem blizzards expected throughout the week was published in Woolf Pack Issue 8.Deputy Premier the Hon. Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad will launch Lesley Synge's Wharfie, a biography of Brisbane unionist and activist Wal Stubbings, at Avid Reader on 25 May, 2017. Lesley Synge is both co-author and publisher.Anni Webster has been accepted into the HARDCOPY 2017 professional development program to develop her nonfiction manuscript Imagining Isabella. HARDCOPY is a special initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.John Ahern’s travel memoir On The Road…With Kids, the winner of the Qld People’s Choice Book of the Year 2015, is to be released in the USA by Trafalgar Square Publishing in May. Movie rights for On The Road…With Kids have recently been purchased by Aquarius Films.Robert Morris has co-edited and released the final edition of small packages, a pocket-size magazine including poetry, art work and interviews. Small packages, issue 12 was published in November 2016 and reprinted in March 2017.Chris Pearce's The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy has been published by Australian eBook Publisher and is available at Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google. This non-fiction eBook covers the origins of daylight savings time and the history of the scheme in each country that has used it.Emma Mactaggart's fourth children's book Lily Fabourama Glamourama has won a Silver IPPY Award in the Best Children's Illustrated E-Book category, and was translated into Indonesian to be launched in June. Her fifth book Where is the True Ewe will be launched on Sunday 22 April, with an exhibition of its illustrations at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery until May. Where is the True Ewe is a picture book for adults, written in homage to Mem Fox's Where is the Green Sheep.Ben Hobson's novel To Become a Whale will be published by Allen & Unwin, to be released in June 2017.Mehran Rafiei's memoir A Persian Odyssey has been published by CreateSpace (Amazon).Fiona Robertson's short story Christmas Party was published on Kill Your Darlings in February, 2017. Her short story Tender-Hearted was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Contest.Karenlee Thompson was a finalist in the 2017 Tasmanian Writers' Prize for Alice ... Incomplete. Her short story will be included in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2017 to be launched in September.Maggie Christensen has published her sixth novel, Champagne for Breakfast, a heart-warming story of second chances set in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.  Kathryn Gossow's first novel Cassandra has been published by Odyssey Books.Jennifer Crane's Fairy Tales was highly commended in the Memoir category of the Scribes Writers 'Short Takes' Prose Competition for 2016, and her short story Backyard of Weeds was also highly commended in the fictional Short Story category.Lea Davey has published her second novel Silkworm Secrets, a contemporary fiction set in South-East Queensland.Andrea Baldwin's short memoir Occasionally, A Stranger to Watch the Stars With has been published in the Autumn edition of Meanjin.Michael Barry Henderson has completed a Masters in Communication (Creative Writing) at the University of the Sunshine Coast with a global warming catastrophe story titled Oceania 2084.  Joanna Barrett's short story The Whites of Her Eyes placed second in the 2017 Mulga Bill Writing Award short story category at the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival.Jo Sandhu's historical children's novel Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile was published by Penguin Random House.Mocco Wollert's Rain Sonnet has been published in the April edition of SCOPE.Mocco Wollert's poem Rain Sonnet was published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Mia Mia: Anglican Mothers Union Australia magazine.Laura Elvery has won the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition for her story Joiner Bay.Veronica Cassiane published her first poetry chapbooks The Cake Shop & Other Morsels and Cosmos in 2016. The poems included mark a journey of hope, healing and recovery.Rita Lee Chapman has self-published her second book in the Anna Davies Mystery Series, Missing at Sea. This is Rita's fourth self-published book.Lenka Wagner has published her first children's book Tommy Learns a Lesson with Jabiru Publishing.Lindsay Boyd's short story Walls has been published in the Lower View online journal at https://lowerview.com .June Perkins will present at this year's Sandcliffe Writers Festival on the 29th of April. June has also had four of her poems featured on the Australian Children's Poetry blog: The Arts Class, Outback Afternoon, The Caterpillar's Song and First Day.Trish Blackwell writing as Patsy Kemp has released her memoir The Drover's Daughter, published by Brolga Publishing, about her family's experiences on the stock routes of Queensland and New South Wales. It will be released in the UK, USA and Canada in June and in Germany in August.MJT Meijer's book Disregard will be published in eBook and paperback by Crimson Cloak Publishing for world-wide release.Anna Daniels' debut romantic-comedy novel Girl in Between was published by Allen & Unwin and released in April, 2017.Bette Guy has had one of her short stories included in Reader's Digest's 100 Word Short Stories collection for 2016.Karenlee Thompson's short story collection Flame Tip has been published by Hybrid Publishers, with a foreword from David Walsh.Errol Bray's second novel The Quarters published by Clouds of Magellan Press will launch at Avid Reader in West End on 16 March, 2017.Theresa Smith's fifth novel Lemongrass Bay will be released on 14 May, 2017. This novel was developed towards publication by Theresa as part of QWC's Year of the Edit program for 2016/17.In April, Susan Currie spoke on ABC Radio National's Ockham's Razor program about her recently published book A Prescription for Action: the life of Dr Janet Irwin. A transcript and audio file of the segment is available online.

The Point of Writing: an interview with Jodi Picoult

TJ Wilkshire

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, five of which have been made into blockbuster films. Her last eight novels reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and she has famously sold more books than Shakespeare or Dickens. I spoke to Jodi  a few days after Donald Trump had been elected. Trump’s more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Tony Wilson

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Fearless public speaking

Ian Demack

Imagine this: your first book hits the bookshelves next month. Your publicist has organised a flurry of promotional activities—an interview on ABC radio, some author talks at neighbourhood libraries, maybe even a panel spot at an upcoming writers’ festival. Then you glance at your calendar and feel a rising sense of panic. Truth is, you’re more

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WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

HARDCOPY: hard to fault

Bill Wilkie

In November 2015, over the course of a weekend, I met seven publishers and two agents – who had all read a sample of my manuscript – to discuss their thoughts on my writing. Among the guests were some of the biggest names in Australian publishing, including Henry Rosenbloom, founder of Scribe, and representatives from more

Queensland Writers Life – Sarah Ridout

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more