Who is helping you?

Lucky writers have a network of friends who keep them going in this isolated occupation that breeds self-doubt. Those writers usually make their luck by going to conferences, courses, and writing groups. There is another way too – the internet offers a lot of places to find like-minded friends.

Last year I met Tess Woods after I signed my contract with HarperCollins Australia. We’ve never met in person but have built a friendship over great distance.

Tess is a human dynamo. Not only does she work as physiotherapist in her busy family practice, she’s a mother of two. She has a passion for social justice and in 2014 started the Meals By Mums group that cooks nutritious meals for Perth’s homeless people. On top of that she maintains a kickass website, sends out monthly newsletters, and is working on her second novel. Her first critically-acclaimed novel Love at First Flight is being prepared for a print release in August 2016.

So I was thrilled to be featured on her March Book Club Pick this month. She has reviewed my novel Outback Promise and is giving away three copies of it. If you click on this link and leave a comment, you’ll be in the running for one of those free copies.

I’ve been blessed with some strong friendships through my short writing career. Tess is one more and I’m grateful that she made time in her busy schedule to put the spotlight on my book this month. Someday I hope I can repay her in some small way. In the meantime I try to pay the gifts of friendship forward.

Where have you found your best writing friends? How have you helped each other along the way?

The raffle is over for this year - many thanks to everyone who entered

Congratulations to Janvhvi from India who is the first prize winner, of the $15 Amazon gift certificate, drawn randomly by Rafflecopter.

2nd to 6th place random winners, each of whom will each receive a copy of my ebook, Outback Promise, are:

  • Katie C

  • HaveBooks W

  • Nicole A

  • Jennifer R

  • Victoria T

Thank you to everyone who entered. With 214 people trying for the prizes, it was great to have Rafflecopter’s random draw feature. I couldn’t have decided without it!


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It’s the season when spirits start to roam the earth again. Isn't that the perfect reason to stay inside a good book?

Where better to get a new book than at the Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop?  Many thanks to the amazing Kathy at I am a Reader Not a Writer for putting this together each year.

Click the link here for a list of participants offering reading-related prizes over the next fifteen days.

By clicking the Rafflecopter link below, you will be in the running for either an Amazon $15 gift certificate or one of five copies of my new e-book, Outback Promise.

My raffle is worldwide so enter now and enter often.