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The Plot Thickens

Or maybe not. Do I want it to thicken? Should it be thinner? Medea’s Curse was a bit busy for some, Dangerous to Know had it right (tempo wise at least) …now with This I Would Kill For am I … Continue reading

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Route 66: Why drive 2100 miles across USA and not even get to the other coast?

Why do a road trip? Given I started off this trip after researching the character for my next book who is into sustainable everything and ethical living, a walk (our usual form of filling in our spare time eg the … Continue reading

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The Right Book at the Right Time

No I’m not referring to picking the right moment in time to release the book that becomes a best seller because the starts have aligned and of course it’s the right moment to put erotic into main stream (Fifty Shades … Continue reading

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Psychiatry in Fiction

When my mother read Medea’s Curse—after telling me she enjoyed the story—not being one to gloss over issues, she told me it had two problems: “Is the sex really necessary?’ Actually there isn’t much, it’s quite main stream and yes, … Continue reading

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The Buzz: Sydney Writer’s Festival 2015

This is my third Sydney Writer’s Festival, but the first in my own right, where I felt I could stride into the Green Room rather than sneak in as a guest and feel guilty if I was sitting and there … Continue reading

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Shrinks: Psychiatry and the Brave New World

I read somewhere that if your favourite subject in your last year at school was English Literature (or American Literature I’m sure for the USA readers) and you did medicine, then you had a high likelihood of becoming a psychiatrist. … Continue reading

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Psychiatry, Therapy and the Writing Legacy of Irvin Yalom

As far as I know, Yalom at 83 is still alive and at least until a few years ago, still seeing patients. So writing legacy aside, he stands as a formidable role model of how to grow old actively. I … Continue reading

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An existential take on book criticism

Maybe it’s because I watched the world leaders walking arm in arm behind a massive Parisian crowd. Maybe it’s just New Year reflections, or the fact I was staying with a therapist friend and his bookshelf was more erudite than … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations from Reading 2014

I’ve lost track of how many books I’ve read this year – given my book blog often puts up several each Thursday, I’m thinking at least 200. Mostly crime-psychological thrillers, but a smattering of prize winners and shortlisted (Booker, Pulitzer, … Continue reading

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The Countdown

It goes like this. Eight year old girl ingests Enid Blyton and is in danger of never coming down the Faraway Tree. Writes first line of her own novel. Roughly five hundred times—and five hundred different lines, mostly about boarding … Continue reading

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