I’ve written two novels – Half Moon Lake and Everything You Want – and am working on a third.
My fiction is represented by the Jacinta di Mase Agency.
Half Moon Lake will be published by Penguin Random House in Australia in 2019.
Half Moon Lake is a work of fiction, inspired by the historical story of Bobby Dunbar, who went missing in Louisiana in 1912 and, when found, was claimed by two women. While my novel is a work of imagination and bears no resemblance to the truth, there is a wonderful nonfiction book written by Bobby’s descendant Margaret Dunbar Cutright and reporter Tal McThenia called A Case for Solomon (Free Press, 2012). In their book, readers can find a detailed account of the factual story. Tal McThenia also made a documentary on the same story for This American Life.
Everything You Want will be published by Penguin Random House in Australia in 2020.
The fledgling version Everything You Want gained me a place in Canada’s Banff Wired Writing Studio. In 2014, the manuscript was a Finalist in the PEN/Bellwether Prize. It was also awarded a High Commendation in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was on the longlist for the Bath Novel Award.
My third manuscript, Breaking Glass, explores the modern-day lives of the descendants of Half Moon Lake‘s missing boy.
In order to become a better writer, I read about writing a lot. Here are some of the books I’ve read about writing that I recommend. Each one offer advice that is inspiring, smart and sensible.
Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
The Art of Fiction, John Gardner
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, Jane Smiley
Thing Feigned or Imagined, Fred Stenson
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times
The Paris Review collect interviews, all of them
Still Writing, Dani Shapiro
A Writer’s Diary, Virginia Woolf
On Writing, Stephen King
How Fiction Works, James Wood
The Faith of a Writer, Joyce Carol Oates