KYDYAC!

So I mentioned earlier this week that I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in the Kill Your Darlings Young Adult Challenge. This is pretty great for the following reasons.

  • Kill Your Darlings is great
  • Young Adult Fiction (particularly Australian YA fiction) is great
  • The book I got to champion is more than great

As you may have guessed, the book that I’m going to be championing is Came Back to Show You I Could Fly by Robin Klein, author of some of my other childhood faves such as People Might Hear You, Boss of the Pool and of course, Hating Alison Ashley (most recently mauled on film by certain Aussie popstars). I’ll save all my raving for the post (due to be published on Killings next week) but needless to say, I’m a BIG fan.

If you’re around on Tuesday morning, you can also hear myself, Andrew McDonald and Kate O’Donnell talk about the championship and our chosen titles on Radio National.

This is sure to be a feisty battle for the championship title, with some great contributors and very worthy titles. And the best part is that you have the chance to pick your favourite, or champion another book if there’s one you loved that didn’t make it to the list! There’s also three great book prize packs up for the grabs, just in case you need even more incentive to take part.

So what are you still here for? Get yourself over to Killings and join the conversation!

PS. Reviews coming over the weekend.

Absent-minded

Apologies for my absence bloggers! I barely remember my last blog, it’s been so long but things have been incredibly hectic – I’ll blog on that more in a couple of weeks though.

Since last post, so much has happened. I went on a very successful writers retreat to Halls Gap. We rented a house, each prepared a meal for the group, and spent a wonderful weekend draped or curled in various corners of the house writing our works in progress. It gave me a huge boost forward and I’m very much looking forward to the next one.

Second is that I’m nearing the end of the book. This is very exciting, and will be ready to send off very soon I hope. I’ll talk more when it’s done – I’m pretty superstitious about jinxing myself!

There’s exciting stuff happening over at Kill Your Darlings, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’ll post more on that very soon. Have a think about your favourite Aussie YA title and what YA means to you, and join in on the fun over at their site!

And I’ve been reading (not as much as I would have liked, but getting there). An outstanding book – The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is definitely one of my favourites of late. I’m reviewing that for the Australian Book Review, so keep an eye out for the full review there. And if you have the chance to get your hands on a copy then make sure you do. The other was Everything Left Unsaid which I’ll review in full on here within the next few days. It’s pretty sad (I was crying for quite some time while I read it) but is one of many great new titles celebrating gritty realism rather than sparkly vampire romance.

So lots to tell you, and looking forward to hearing what’s been happening out there on the interwebs while I’ve been gone!