Work in progress

So many books, so little time.
Inevitably I work on several things at once: some nearly finished, some underway, some just scribbles.
When I’m devoting a significant amount of time and thought to a project, you can follow its progress here and on the blog.

I use Pinterest boards as sourcebooks for projects, vague ideas, drafts and doodles.




Grace is a novel for adults, based on the intertwined lives of the Irish pirate and rebel Grace O’Malley (Granuaile) and Queen Elizabeth I of England. It is told in two voices, beginning with the moment the two women met at Greenwich Palace in 1593.

Here are my blog posts about researching and writing Grace.


Wildfall is a fantasy adventure for teenagers. It’s about a rebellion and a war. And eagles.

Boots and the Bushranger

The Adventures of the Bushranger Captain Lightning And That Other Girl is a series of short stories paying tribute to the nineteenth century traditions of the amateur detective serial. The stories are about two female bushrangers/amateur sleuths on the Victorian goldfields and in the High Country. The first story was written for the upcoming ClanDestine Press anthology And Then… and then I couldn’t stop.

War Songs

War Songs is a novel for adults set on the Somme during World War One.


Sublime explores the idea that the way we travel and see the world now is all about searching for the sublime. It combines travel memoir, literary history, philosophy … and wonder.

I’m in the early stages of work on Sisterhood, investigating my own family’s involvement in the stories of the campaigns for women’s rights and for peace in the UK and Australia before and during the First World War – and in the 1980s.

My academic writing at the moment is all about “strong female characters”: what they are, where they come from, how they work, and the impact they have on readers.

4 thoughts on “Work in progress

  1. In regards, to the previous question. When do you think that the next book may or may not arrive in stores? Will it be available as an ebook?

    • Hi – If you mean a third Isabella book, I haven’t written it yet, and I don’t think it will happen. Sorry.
      If you mean 1917, it should be in stores in Australia now. If you can’t see it in your local store, they can easily get it in for you from Scholastic. I don’t think they’ve done an ebook as it’s for young readers and they aren’t so keen on ebooks.
      Let me know if you have trouble finding it.

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