The agony of love

If he doesn’t feel the same, I am going to be in a world of pain. I want her so much that I haven’t had a sensible thought in days … for the space she […]

When place is a character

Well over a decade ago (before I wrote my first book) I had the good fortune of going to a Brisbane Writers’ Festival discussion on the importance of place—how the location, the landscape, the geography, […]

The ghosts of our childhood

It probably wasn’t haunted, but when I was a kid growing up in Toowoomba, Australia, there was a huge, derelict house in our neighbourhood called Smithfield. It would have once been grand, and still sat […]

Do action heroes have parents?

A funny thing happens when you are writing scenes for your characters; they appear as though born into the world as adults. They are surrounded by fellow-agents or cops, colleagues, the boss, lovers and enemies, […]

Was the Prime Minister a spy?

Imagine hearing that Malcolm Turnball was missing, suspected drowned. Well no one panic, he’s not … but that did happen to an Australian Prime Minister, Harold Holt. On the morning of 17 December 1967, Mr Holt, […]