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my writing

a writer is a world trapped in a person - victor hugo

it will sound cliché and horrible, but I really can't remember when I first started to write. For as long as memory serves me, stories have always been there. But the moment I first realised that I wanted to be a writer, to tell stories on paper and have them shared with others, was probably after finishing my first novel back in 2011. I felt like I was capable of writing, that I could do it. The truth that I can do this and that I love doing this is what has spurred me on in the hard and good times of my writing adventure. And I'm learning still - always learning. So, now, I'd like to introduce you to some of my works in progress (my stories, my friends) ...

Alisha Dares / It's 1978. Alisha Clarke, neglected by her mother and scarred by her father’s death, has finally begun to settle into life on her grandfather’s acreage in country Australia, but the challenges of Alisha’s life aren’t over. With help from Grandpa and her new best friend, Beckie, she deals with mean cliques at school and the return of a sister she would rather forget, learning lessons in strength, trust, and, ultimately, forgiveness. / genre? Mid-grade historical. / where's it at? First draft completed November 2011. Second draft (properly) started February 2015.
 
Ellesmere Road / Jude always knew his family was different - different for standing up, different for showing love. Then he meets Shem, a seemingly ordinary old man living at No. 32 Ellesmere Road, who finds his own mysterious way into the family's life. A year of life is charted from the perspectives of an adolescent boy and his guardian angel. / genre? Teenage speculative. Christian. / where's it at? First draft completed May 2014.
Ellesmere Road was the winner of the 2014 Australian Christian Teen Writer Award. You can read more about that here.
 
Missing You (working title) / Allie feels like she’s missed a lot and can’t wait to start living again – really living, with no limits. Torah uses ballet to push her brokenness away – far enough that peace is pretty much impossible. An unexpected reunion in Year 10 brings both past, present and future within both girls’ reach. And pieces they’ve been missing might start to fit again. / genre? YA contemporary. / where's it at? Real, serious plotting began June, 2016.

All The Ways We Are / genre? YA contemporary. / where's it at? Real, serious plotting began August, 2015. First draft completed May, 2016.
All The Ways We Are was the winner of the 2016 Australian Christian Teen Writer Award. You can read more about that here.
 

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