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

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

Alexandra Paucescu, a Diplomatic Spouse

More than a decade ago, Alexandra was whisked away from her management role in Romania to go to Austria for her husband’s job as a diplomat. Abroad as a diplomatic spouse, she has volunteered for various not for profit organisations, and this year, she published a book to share her experiences. Read on to hear more about her unique lifestyle – the diplomatic life is not always as glamorous as it sounds. Continue reading Alexandra Paucescu, a Diplomatic Spouse

Karien Van Ditzhuijzen on Expat Life, Writing and Migrant Domestic Workers

Karien, author of A Yellow House, has spent the majority of her life as an expat. Nominally from The Netherlands, she has also lived in Oman, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, France and the United Kingdom. But where is home? And how has her experience bled into her writing? Join me to explore this and more. Continue reading Karien Van Ditzhuijzen on Expat Life, Writing and Migrant Domestic Workers