A warm welcome to my newest VIPs and deep thanks to loyal followers for keeping in touch!
What a joy to meet readers and writers at the recent Book Fair Australia, including three beautiful readers from Brazil, Galaxy Bookshop Manager Allison Rogers, Aussie author Penelope Janu, fellow writer Jo Jukes, and New Zealand authors Nikki Perry and Kirsty Roby.
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If you know of anyone interested in translating my books, would you please let me know?
Purple prose and the wonder of words
Purple prose is defined as writing which is so long-winded and fancy it’s practically impossible to understand.
In this case, though, it was the smoke and ash of Vesuvius that rendered 2,000-year-old papyrus scrolls illegible – until late last month.
Their first word to be translated? “Purple”!
Enjoy this New York Times account.
Younger readers fall for romance
Meanwhile, the popularity of romance continues to grow, with younger readers unafraid to admit they enjoy the genre, and bookstores bringing out romance reads from the shadows and into the spotlight.
Read this account.
We explored intersections between crime, mystery, romance and sci fi writing, and how a “cosy” read, like feel-good fiction, assures readers of positive resolutions.
How fortunate we are to be able to celebrate creativity and the value of stories together! My thanks to all associated with @IFMaitland.
Some free and affordable sweet reads
Thankful for love (sweet romance)