Monthly Archives: March 2010

Life gets in the way

by Hhen

Let me think, what would I rather be doing? Writing or working? That’s a tough one …

The last month has been full-on.  I went back to work, three days a week teaching. There are mountains of assignments for me to mark. We decided to sell our house after 20 years. There are mountains of belongings for me to sort, sell, give-away or keep.  The housework with a large family never stops. And, with a trilogy due out this year, there are three books for me to edit. I’m in the middle of the edits of the third book right now.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy teaching and I quite like the idea of moving. Getting rid of things is like a breath of fresh air. I don’t love housework,  I’m not that perverse.  I really love writing. Immersing myself in a story just sweeps me away. And it has been a real pleasure to work with my editor, Jonthan Oliver from Solaris.

Which brings me back to what I would really rather be doing and that is writing. Does anyone else find that life gets in the way of what they really want to do?


Filed under creativity, Nourish the Writer


I woke up the other morning to find an email from my editor at SOLARIS. (They are in the UK and I’m in Australia, so we are like ships that pass in the night). The covers for my trilogy had arrived. And here they are:

The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin

I was blown away. They are all terrific, but I love the second book with its brilliant red bird. Kudos to Clint Langley the cover artist and to SOLARIS for choosing him.

Having worked as a graphic artist I sometimes buy books just for their covers.  If I saw these in a bookstore I’d pick them up. Have there been covers that made you look twice?


Filed under Covers