Up for Air – crime, festivals and sex scenes

October 25, 2012

If you’re wondering where I’ve been these past few months, I’ve been immersed. Blissfully submerged in all things ‘wordy’. I’ve been a bit reluctant to swim back up to the surface, but eventually one needs to come up for a brief breath of air, say ‘Hi’ to the world and share the triumphs.   

The most exciting one is that after a head-down month I’ve finally written ‘THE END’ on my latest crime thriller! This book has floated and re-shaped itself over the past two years like an amoeba.  Thankfully, due to the invaluable assistance of my mentors through courses at the Queensland Writers Centre, I consider it my best work yet. But I’m biased. I’m in love with my characters. So much so, that one of them has turned her own personal vendetta into a trilogy. At the end of the book she’s still drowning, struggling to make it to the surface, but she’ll swim the race of her life and eventually break back into the sunshine.

I also caught festival fever.  I think this is the first year I’ve really plunged myself fully into the writing festival scene. Previously I dipped my toes here and there, not really knowing where I fit in. But this year I dived in at Byron Bay, meeting some great people, dining with the festival director and his crew, and soaking up all the great advice that everyone had to offer. While Byron has a lovely beachy vibe all of its own, this year my experience at Brisbane Writers Festival rivalled it. Maybe the scene was set by the new grassroots Queensland Literary Awards ceremony a few nights before where Frank Moorhouse declared his award to be the most ‘noble’ he’d ever received. Or that I’d pitched the first 20 pages of my new book to Brisbane Writers Festival’s critiquing program and it was selected and I finally met face-to-face with agent Sophie Hamley. Or maybe it was seeing Nick Earls dressed as an armchair (above) and Dr Stuart Glover with his shirt off in the closing celebration, but despite Germaine Greer’s assertion that Brisbane didn’t know how to have ‘fun’ like the UK festivals did, there was plenty of fun going on all weekend. Especially in the Pineapple Lounge, which showcased some great talented young writers and musicians. Ms Greer even seemed to be enjoying herself there, when we had a chin wag on the couch about her new book over satay chicken and rice from the curry hut. The highlight of the festival for me though (apart from the fact that my mother was embarrassingly present and you’ll realise why in a minute), was actually being IN it. I took part in a showcase presented by my Sisters in Crime writing group. No, we didn’t predictably read out our murder scenes. We read out our ‘Sizzling Sex Scenes’ and the feedback from the agent and publisher present was very encouraging – and so was my Mum!  


All this hard work and networking is culminating in something I am very excited about. Next weekend I am attending a three day convention in Sydney called GenreCon where I not only get to dress up for the ‘Pistols and Parasols’ banquet, but I also get to pitch my new crime thriller face-to-face with an international publisher.  Wish me luck!

Until then I’m swimming upstream to Maleny for the ‘Celebration of Books’ this weekend. It’s where I got married to this gangster last year so it holds a special place in my heart 🙂



3 Responses to “Up for Air – crime, festivals and sex scenes”

  1. Kym on November 18th, 2012 5:56 pm

    Really enjoyed your sizzling scene Lea. Love your books and can’t wait to read this one!

  2. Lea on November 18th, 2012 5:57 pm

    Thanks Kym. Watch my website for a release date. Lea

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