Who Are All You People?
After I finished writing The Harder We Fall, I had thoughts of starting work on a new series of books. Known only as The Housemates Series, it will feature the stories of a bunch of blokes who are sharing a big ramshackle house in one of the older suburbs of Brisbane. I have heaps of […]Read More
Tools of the Trade
One of the great benefits of deciding to try your hand at writing is that the barriers to entry are practically non-existent. Your only requirements include something to write with and something to write on. You can get started in seconds with any old pen or pencil that happens to be lying about. Your paper […]Read More
Give Me All the Books!
As readers we all love to get our hands on as many books as possible. In the olden days (of not so long ago) that meant buying pretty much every book you wanted to read. These days, readers have something we as consumers all love: options. We can buy: This is me. My pleasure reading […]Read More
What’s in a Name?
I have all sorts of weird and wonderful stories when it comes to how my characters got their names. Jeremy (Everything We Need and All the Broken Pieces) walked into my head fully formed and introduced himself. In the early days of writing The Experiment, Logan yelled at Patrick to get his attention, giving me […]Read More
Soundtrack: The Harder We Fall
Music is a huge part of my life. So, when I first picked up a pen and started to write, it was no surprise that the urge to create a soundtrack for each book followed close behind. I listen to my soundtracks constantly during the writing process. While driving, cleaning the house, cooking dinner, doing […]Read More
All stories, in my experience, begin with a spark of an idea. It can come from anywhere. An image, a line of dialogue, a problem in need of a solution. For The Harder We Fall, the spark came from one simple, but endlessly intriguing, question: What if? It all began when I decided to start […]Read More
My Favourite Books of 2020
Every January, I like to take a look back at the books I read for the first time in the previous year and pick my favourites. I've had the pleasure of reading some wonderful books over the past 12 months, so picking a handful has been tough, but here they are: My Favourite Books of […]Read More
The Experiment Background Scene - Young Patrick
When I was beginning my journey with Patrick and Logan for The Experiment I used a book called Story Genius to help me dig deeper into the backgrounds of the characters. This involved writing a few short scenes from their pasts that helped solidify their flawed worldviews. This month, I thought I'd share one of […]Read More
Many Paths to the Same Place
After finishing nine books and starting on my tenth, I've reached one conclusion about the writing process: every book is different. This may not sound like a big deal, but for me it's actually quite horrifying. When I first started writing, I spent a lot of time reading about the wonderful and unique writing processes […]Read More