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Author Spotlight – Ellen Read

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer? I have read books all my life. It seemed a natural progression. I had always written short stories and poems. I wrote my first novel at 18 years old and I kept writing books. What did you do to actively pursue writing? (Joining RWAus, Mentorship etc) I retired and moved from North Queensland to South East Queensland. I found myself with more time to write. What do you find are the advantages of being part of RWAus? I find there are some many opportunities, for competitions, and engagement. I haven’t …

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Author Spotlight – Kay Alahakoon

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer?   From a young age, I crafted stories in my head while others counted sheep to fall asleep. My earliest memory of this creative habit dates back to when I was about four. Inspired by my mother, an avid reader, I developed a love for books and soon found myself creating sequels to the stories I finished reading. However, it wasn’t until I was around 12 or 13 that I began putting these stories on paper. My first story was a love story penned in a notebook in Sinhalese, my …

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Author Spotlight – Sam Valentine

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer? I think the desire to write has been there since I was very young because I loved fiction so much. Books were a big part of my childhood, so I developed an appreciation of story very early. I wrote a few stories when I was a kid, but the urge to write a novel came many years later. I didn’t really know how to get started or what to do, but I wanted to start by understanding the science of language more, so I undertook an undergraduate degree in English …

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Author Spotlight – Jennifer Raines

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer? I can’t remember a time I didn’t read. Even as a young child I’d read with a torch under the sheets after lights out. Reading provided an escape from my real world. Then I started making up stories, preferring to live in my imagination. I got a reputation for falling down stairs and tripping over—always dreaming. I started scribbling down stories, terrible rhyming verse and, I guess, what would be called flash fiction today— a vignette triggered by an overheard conversation or something I’d seen. Earning a living slowed me …

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Author Spotlight – Moira Yeldon

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer? My love of writing started with poetry, and I wrote a poem to acknowledge most important events in my life. I moved onto writing articles, short stories and finally to novels. What did you do to actively pursue writing? After completing a course in creative writing some years ago, I sought out writing groups and joined societies such as RWAus to network with like-minded writers. I utilised beta readers, mentors and editors who all helped to shape my writing. What do you find are the advantages of being part of …

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Author Spotlight – Steffy Smith

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer? It is something I have always known deep inside. I was an avid reader from a young age and would find myself rewriting scenes and dialogue of how I would prefer the story to read. English (and History) were always my strongest school subjects. Lastly, I have always found communicating much easier in writing then verbally. What did you do to actively pursue writing? I joined a writing group called Commit to Paper and engaged In social media to meet likeminded readers and authors. I joined RWAus and ARRA. And …

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Author Spotlight – Joanne Austen Brown

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer?  I think I have always wanted to be one. I loved telling stories and although I was a terrible speller I tried writing them from an early age. Later I found out I was dyslexic and gave up the writing. But when computer took off, I got the bug again. So, I guess you could say I have always known. What did you do to actively pursue writing? (Joining RWAus, Mentorship etc)   The first thing I did was write the historical history of the Legal firm hubby and I owned. …

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Author Spotlight – Michelle Douglas

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer?  Books were my very favourite things when I was a little girl, which meant writers were my heroes. From about the age of seven onward I would announce to all and sundry that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.  What did you do to actively pursue writing? (Joining RWAus, Mentorship etc)  Joining RWAus was one of the best things I did for my writing—so much craft and industry information! I read an awful lot of how-to writing books, which was also a brilliant thing to do …

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Author Spotlight – Annie West

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer? As a kid I always had my head in a book and by my teens I was playing with story ideas (very badly) and imagining the fine, easy life of a writer – ha! But I never went as far as believing I could be one. I think it genuinely hit me when I found myself reading romances and loving them until the last quarter when I thought the ending didn’t fit or the characters suddenly stopped caring about whatever it was that had driven their actions all through the …

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Author Spotlight – Melanie Milburne

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How did you discover you wanted to be a writer? I wanted to be a writer from the age of five. I was fascinated by stories, both reading and writing them. I always got excited when there was a creative writing lesson at school. I never had any trouble thinking of things to write about. And I’m happy to report that even after all these years later, that hasn’t changed.  What did you do to actively pursue writing? (Joining RWAus, Mentorship etc) I actively pursued writing by writing manuscript after manuscript, then I discovered RWA and joined. I am quite …