Did you know that the majority of Camino books are written by men? That surprised me. Then inspired me to create a list of over 90 Camino books written by WOMEN AUTHORS.
When I think back on 2023, it will be the year I’d like to forget. Sure, it was The Year of Setbacks, but upon reflection, it wasn’t ALL bad.
I answer the interview questions I’ve been asking other authors for the last year. Here is my Interview of an Author: Tara Marlow (2023)
2023 has not been the easiest year. Besides my emergency spine surgery in April, I’ve had a major disruption to my work environment and work schedule. I’m sharing the unvarnished truth about my writing reality.
After five years of participating in NaNoWriMo, I have decided my time with the organisation is done. After this year, I’m done. It was nice while it lasted.
I’ve yet to meet Maggie in person, but have admired her for a while. I asked her to describe herself in three words. She chose one: Adventurous.
Robyn Mundy is everything I imagined her to be – poised, articulate, generous, and gracious. Her novels are works of art.
I met Laura and Carsten through the “Tasmanians on the Camino” group. They have walked the Camino twice now, but with their last wander, they decided to add on about 600km. I think you’re going to love Laura’s interview – do!
I’m going to tell something I really suck at: Navigating a work/life balance. I’ve always had the issue, but now I’m in my fifties…I’m still failing.
Simone Yemm is a woman who will inspire you. She’s an amazing advocate for mental health as she wades through her own recovery. She’s written an incredible memoir… one I recommend to everyone.
When I first started out as a self-published author, I was a sponge. I listened to advice from anyone willing to give it. But I’ve learned a lot since then.
I share my process of writing a novel. Maybe you’ll find a bit of magic in here to help with your process? It can be arduous process, so I hope to help.
Have you ever read a piece of news that pulled you so strongly, you were compelled to act immediately? We were. In 2017, we donated almost everything we had to a family who’d lost it all in a bushfire. Were we mad? What do you think?
Lindsay Teychenne is an old soul. He is gentle, kind and someone you feel like you’ve known forever. He encompasses everything you imagine when you hear the word ‘pilgrim’.
My interview with Mark Mannock. Mark is an interesting guy, with some great stories from his days in the music industry (let’s just say the guy has connections). But he’s a Tassie writer of thriller novels now – and we’re happy to have him.
I believe that writing is just as good – if not better – than any therapy I’ve ever received, and I’ve had my share of therapy over the years. When you hand your pain over to a character, you can let all that anger, grief, denial, etc free. It can feel like a weight has been lifted.
After walking the Camino de Santiago solo in 2018 and again with my partner in 2019, I spend a lot of time reflecting on my Camino Wanders. The Camino is a part of me. And it’s true what ‘they’ say – the Camino does not end when you reach Santiago de Compostela.
Meet Sue Swain – the woman behind the magic of Casa Susi, in Trabadelo, Spain. I’m so honoured to bring you this interview with Sue, and how the Camino changed her life.
After travelling through Australia with my husband for ten months, I announced one early November morning that I was leaving. For me, our marriage was over.
Are people accusing women of being stark-raving bitches simply a misunderstanding? Is it a quick judgement without thought to what ‘women of a certain age’ are dealing with?
Like Aubrey, Pam and Georgina in CAMINO WANDERING, it took a walk across Spain to learn who I was, and what I was made of.
My interview with Georgina Makalani. She is a prolific author/publisher, with over twenty-eight fantasy and science fictions novels and novellas, a result of dedication and strict discipline.
I love this interview with Grant Long. Grant has walked a Camino twice now and through his answers, we see how different pilgrims are: What they walk in. What they appreciate most. What they’ve learned after walking the Camino de Santiago. So grab your favourite beverage and enjoy Grant’s interview!
My doctor told me I had menopause because joint pain is a major symptom. Turned out to be much more serious than that.
Someone finally explained how my brain worked when it comes to writing. I’m not a series writer. I incorporate ‘Easter Eggs’.
Today, I’m sharing my first journal post from my 2018 Camino wander, as I arrived into St. Jean, then walked to Roncesvalles. It’s rough, short, but you’ll get a sense of how I was feeling.
My interview with Carolyn Gillespie. Kari is a Sturdy Girl, a lover of mushrooms, a long distance walking, and an incredible writer.
I’m so excited to share my interview with Jerry Everard, who is seriously one of my favourite people. Jerry is a philosopher, historian, writer, musician, and photographer. Oh, and he also has two PhDs. Walking the Camino with Jerry and Sharon was one of the best experiences of my life. We laughed across Spain until our faces hurt.
My interview with Kate Solly, author of TUESDAY EVENINGS WITH THE COPETON CRAFT RESISTANCE. Kate is delightful, effervescent and an Australian author to watch out for.
All of my main characters centre around women overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges as they reveal who they are and what they’re made of. While my storylines may be heavy, they reflect real life.
I met James Sage at the 2023 AFOTC conference in Melbourne. When I asked to interview him, little did I know it would be such a comprehensive and insightful interview. Grab your favourite beverage as this is a long one, but I PROMISE it’s worth the read.
Some dream of a house in the suburbs. Others dream of travelling the world. Everyone’s dreams are different – and all are valid. Let me tell you about my journey, then I want to turn the question to you – what makes YOUR heart sing? What lights YOU up?
I am excited to interview the amazing Australian author, Emma Grey. I loved her latest novel, THE LAST LOVE NOTE. You can find my interview with Emma, plus links to her latest book and her recommended reads.
Sharon Boggon walked with her husband, Jerry Everard, in 2016, 2018 and again in 2022. Sharon shares her answers to my Camino questions. I met Sharon and Jerry on the third day of my first Camino in 2018 … boy, did I get lucky!
CAMINO WANDERING did not start out to be a fiction novel. It was originally intended to be a memoir of my own Camino wanders. But frankly, it was boring.
My writing journey has been slightly different to most. I like to think of myself as a bit of a crackpot writer (hence the name of my website), but once I explain this, you may understand why.
No matter whether you publish one book or twenty, the fear of failure is real.
With the assistance of the Tasmanian Indie Author group, the Self-Publishing FAQ was created. The questions are varied, and cover all aspects of self-publishing.
2022 has been an interesting year of learning. I’ve dug deep into my business practices along with my writing process, and can now move forward with a clear vision.
When my daughter left home, I gave her this “Life Lesson” list. Shockingly, she’s listened! Humorously, I share those Life Lessons with you.
Why am I, as an author, talking about a depression? Because I write about mental health in my novels & it’s something we NEED to talk about.
Walking 15-25km a day across a country is a little nuts. Naturally, people are curious about why someone would deliberately volunteer to undertake such self-abuse. Ah, but walking the Camino is a magical experience.
Many who’ve walked, or plan to walk the Camino de Santiago, create a “Camino Playlist” for their wander. I was no different.
It’s an interesting question and one that’s in media a lot these days. The easy answer: royalties. But the real answer is a little more complicated than that. And how we benefit is not always financial.
A writing instructor once asked me: What influences your writing?
The question threw me. Here is my answer to that question… now I’ve figured it out.
There are so many packing lists out there for the Camino. So much advice. So why is this any different? For plus size hikers, there is not a lot of information. Here’s my list after walking the Camino Francés twice.
After writing three books, certain topics are emerging in my novels. Some are intentional, but others are born through the writing process. Some you may have noticed, some you may not…
I’ve been writing novels now for over two years and learning about the importance of an outline has been an eye opening experience for me. It’s a lesson I’d like to share with you, plus tips I learned along the way.
I have an embarrassing confession: I wasn’t aware of ‘POV’ as a writer until five years ago. It’s a ‘Writing 101’ technique all authors need to know – and master – before writing a novel. Deep POV? It’s a GAME CHANGER for authors!
I am a workaholic. There, I said it. But it’s the work now that drives me. Not unrealistic deadlines.