Category Archives: Research

Almost on my Way

It was a useful research trip to Norfolk last week for my children’s book, Ella Midnight and the Mystery of the Missing Nose. The weather was disappointing but we had one reasonable day for a walk on the beach and … Continue reading

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A Third Journey of Discovery

I am on my third trip to discover the real Australia, one that has given me so much to think about. Here in beautiful Beechworth, the home of Ned Kelly and before that what was known as the Ovens goldfields, … Continue reading

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Using Images for Research

How lucky we are to work in the digital age. How many of us are writing and suddenly decide we need an image to help with description or setting or even for inspiration? For me it happens regularly, if not … Continue reading

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Novel Research – Part one; Books /Newspapers

In this series of blogs, I am going to try to formulate how I go about research and the sources I use. I was asked yesterday which I enjoyed most – the research or the writing. What a difficult question! … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading

This week in Mallorca, I am catching up on research with The War at Home, volume 4 of The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War. It’s the perfect book for my current WIP. It does point out the … Continue reading

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Why is it that when you retire from your day job, you become even busier? It is true that I no longer have the ghastly commute, which also means that I don’t have to leave the house before seven a.m. … Continue reading

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I my inbox this morning was a request to fill out a user survey for Trove. Often I come across such requests and delete them. Why should I help Sainsbury’s or Tesco become more efficient at selling me stuff, when … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Is this a year when I will release another book to the world? I’ll try but if it has to wait until 2019 then so be it. I always start New Year with the will to clear out rubbish. This … Continue reading

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The Blitz

What an excellent series is the BBC programme The Blitz; the Bombs that changed Britain. I often find that there are programmes which feed into my writing. Last year, when I was writing Ranter’s Wharf, the was a programme about … Continue reading

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live in a town under siegeĀ from bombs? You see these images on the television of Syria and the Yemen where people are livingĀ in not much more than rubble. How does … Continue reading

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