She's a fellow RWAustralia member and in her pre-publishing days used to frequent the same contest circuits I did. Her work has finalled or won awards in the RWAustralia Emerald Award, RWAustralia Valerie Parv Award and the RWNew Zealand Clendon. She's also been a two-time finalist in the RWA® Golden Heart Award.
M.J. lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she enjoys yarn and fabric crafting, cat butlering, and dark chocolate (a lady after my own heart!).
And handbags. And chocolate covered pretzels but thankfully I can’t get those here in Australia.
I drink too much coke zero and am learning to take better photos.
I can plot out a bit ahead when I get stuck (if you can call ‘banging your head against the desk until you figure out the obvious’ plotting) but generally when I start a book I know very little about what’s going to happen.
The first scene comes to me and I may have an idea of the last scene and then I run after the story from then on trying to get from A to B. When I get stuck, I write out of order then have to figure out how to put the bits together.
I write short first drafts with lots of talking heads (long bits of dialogue) and notes to myself. Then I have to expand everything out and fix the plot in revisions.
Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely…
Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave.
But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart...
Here's the link to read an excerpt from her novel.
In my head, the City is quite a lot like parts of London (where I lived for a bit) but not entirely. The technology is stuck at an early Victorian type level because there are treaties rationing the use of iron and silver, which makes for some interesting consequences.
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