Maura Pierlot on Writing about Mental Health

With a PhD in philosophy, Maura’s diverse career sees her currently as a playwright and author. She grew up in the Bronx, USA, but now resides in Canberra, Australia. Join us on this rollercoaster ride that includes falling in love with a shearer, working in real estate and creating her play-turned-book-turned-film Fragments, which shines a timely spotlight on mental health. Continue reading Maura Pierlot on Writing about Mental Health

Sarah Hawthorn on Writing a Thriller

Born and raised in the UK, Sarah lived in London, Dallas, Toronto, New York and Sydney before moving to Bundanoon, an Australian village in NSW’s beautiful Southern Highlands. Her career, which evolved from actress to journalist and then publicist before becoming a fulltime novelist, gives her plenty of inspiration. A Voice In The Night, her debut novel, was published July 2021. Continue reading Sarah Hawthorn on Writing a Thriller

Susannah Hardy on the Funny Side of Writing

Susannah trained as an actor in Paris under world-famous clown, Philippe Gaulier. Back in Australia, she chalked up film and television roles; played Frutti in Tutti & Frutti, two singing Carmen Mirandas on roller blades; created a sketch comedy for Arena TV, Foxtel, as part of the trio, The Girls; not to mention starred in the occasional Nurofen commercial. She now works as a freelance writer and her first novel, romantic comedy Loving Lizzie March, was released by Pan Macmillan in June 2021. Continue reading Susannah Hardy on the Funny Side of Writing

Lisa Darcy on Writing, Flowers and Inspiration

A trained journalist, when Lisa had three children under five, she turned to writing women’s fiction. Her characters navigate friendships, careers, romance, and ultimately triumph over adversity. Now an accomplished author, she also teaches creative writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre in Sydney. She has just published her seventh novel, Lily’s Little Flower Shop, a fish-out-of-water coastal romance. Continue reading Lisa Darcy on Writing, Flowers and Inspiration