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Louise Allan: #Robinpedia

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Louise Allan is an Australian writer from Perth who keeps writers in her attic.That sounds weird and a bit scary but I can explain…. She’s a big fan of Stephen King’s Misery. Kidding! You see, it’s more of a metaphorical attic. That’s right, attics can hold more than madwomen, they can also hold writers.

Writers in the Attic is an author spotlight that Louise Allen hosts on her blog. It is an online space where writers chat about their writing processes and what has helped shape them become the writer that they are. It has hosted heavy weights such as Natasha Lester, Tess Woods, and also the likes of MEEEEEE.

In January of 2018 Louise Allan released her debut novel, The Sisters’ Song, through Allen & Unwin. It is set in rural Tasmania in the 1920s and explores intergenerational trauma and familial bonds. The unpublished manuscript of The Sisters’ Song was awarded a Varuna residential fellowship in 2014 AND shortlisted for the City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award. It has been positively received by both critics and readers. It currently has a rating of 4.5 on GoodReads with over 70 ratings.

Louise Allan is a former doctor, grew up in Tasmania, and now resides in Perth. She has a passion for music, performing in the musical Godspell and singing with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is published by Allen & Unwin, represented by Lyn Tranter of Australian Literary Management, and loved by many.

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Danielle Binks: #Robinpedia

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Danielle Binks: #Robinpedia

Danielle Binks is an Australian YA/MG writer, blogger, and literary agent. She is also a passionate advocate of Pacey’s Creek. That’s right, Pacey’s Creek not Dawson’s Creek. Don’t even start me.

As part of her commitment to young adult literature Danielle Binks is one of the driving forces of #LoveOzYA. #LoveOzYA is a community of writers, teachers, readers, editors, and pretty much any people who seek to raise the profile of young adult literature in Australia. People, it’s a community of people. Danielle Binks is the editor behind Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology published through Harper Collins. This best selling book consists of short stories by writers such as Amie Kaufman, Elli Marnie, Jaclyn Moriarty and Gabrielle Tozer, and came in at number 3 for The Book Club ABC’s audience favourites of 2017.

Continuing on with her love of MG and YA fiction Danielle Binks has partnered with Jacinta Di Mase Management to become AGENT AT LARGE. That’s right, she’s free and out in the WILD!!! Won’t somebody think of the children? Danielle Binks has expressed her desire to see submissions from diverse writers, subversive speculative fiction, contemporary novels which are progressive, graphic novels, strong verse novels, and short story collections. Read all about which books she is looking forward to in 2018 here.

Danielle Binks is a highly regarded writer in her own right placing 2nd in the 2011 John Marsden Prize for Young Writers, highly commended in the Bayside Writing Competition in 2013, Yen short story winner in 2014, 2nd in the Rachael Funari Prize for fiction 2015, and her short stories have appeared in Voiceworks Magazine, The Necklace, Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, and Betanarratives. Cementing these already impressive achievements Danielle Binks’ writing features regularly in Kill Your Darlings, Dymocks, #LoveOzYA, Newswrite, Junior, Stellar Prize School Blog, Wheeler Centre, and Daily Life.

And if ALL those achievements aren’t enough for you, she also has the blue tick of legititude on twitter.

Tweet with Danielle Binks here.

Ponder Danielle Binks’ blog Alpha Reader here.

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Discover #LoveOzYA here.

Learn about Robinpedia here.

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Read about my views on being a dyslexic writer here.

Read about my thoughts on author branding here.

Lynette Noni: #Robinpedia

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Lynette Noni is an Australian writer, Disney fanatic, and survivor of the zombie plague (yes, really). She is the author of the popular Medoran Chronicles and supporter of the #LoveOzYA movement. So far this year, and it’s only January, she has been shortlisted for the Dymocks Top 101, and made the finals of the Booktopia Australian Favourite Author Competition. World domination is scheduled for May, obvi.

Image found on Lynette Noni’s website.

The Medoran Chronicles is a Young Adult fantasy series published through Pantera Press that follows the journey of Alex Jennings, a 16 year old who goes from being nervous about her first day at a new school to literally stepping into a new world. Doors, never trust them.

Lynette Noni grew up on a farm in Outback Australia before moving to the Sunshine Coast. Perhaps her experience of growing up in such an open setting enhanced her ability to take a wide view and encompass expansive settings. That, combined with her love of Narnia. She still checks every cupboard she comes across for a portal. As do I, Lynette, as do I. But don’t forget to check paintings, holes, pretty much everything because ANYTHING can be a portal.

In May of 2018 Kids Can Press in the US and Pantera Press in Aus will release Lynette Noni’s first book outside of the Medoran Chronicles, Whisper. It already has 40 ratings on GoodReads averaging 4.4 stars, and like I’ve previously said, it’s only January. Whisper is a move towards sci-fi thrillers such as The Pretender and Dark Angel. It is set in a huge underground lab, or as Doctor Evil would call it, lair. It focuses on Subject 684 who has been experimented on for the past 2.5 years and has never spoken a word.

I love this review.

When not writing Lynette Noni enjoys chocolate, magic, and magic chocolate. Just quietly, she also enjoys those things when writing. She also loves her proofreader Desanka Vukelich, her agent Victoria Wells Arms, and flying by the seat of her pants.

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Find Lynette’s books here and pretty much everywhere.

Find out about the time Lynette encountered a real life mind reader

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Anna Spargo-Ryan: #Robinpedia

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Anna Spargo-Ryan is an Australian novelist, journalist, digital strategist, content creator and social mediaist (it’s a word now, deal with it). She has written for The Guardian, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, The Saturday Paper and many more literary and journalistical (another totally realz word) organisations. Anna originally hails from Adelaide and now lives in Melbourne. When she isn’t writing Anna enjoys Balfour’s custard tarts, oak trees and going to the beach.

Even before leaving school, Anna’s literary gravitas was recognised. Her English teachers sent her to writing workshops and camps to develop her skills…. Unlike my senior high school English teacher who told me it seemed like I had no grasp of the English language and can go suck a dog’s fart. It turns out that Anna’s English teachers were right as The Monthly has now described her as ‘a writer to watch.

In January of 2016 Anna shot to international fame with a Facebook post that went viral. In it she took on journalist James Adonis who had indicated that people were faking mental illnesses and how employees should single them out in a now infamous piece for The Sydney Morning Herald.

https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=975538665841522&substory_index=0&id=385600741501987

After her powerful post James Adonis recanted.


Evidently 2016 was a busy year for Anna with the release of her debut novel, The Paper House, through Pan Macmillan. Later in the same year she received The Horne Prize for her essay The Suicide Gene. Both works were highly regarded by critics.

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Praise has followed Anna into 2017 with the release of her second novel, The Gulf, also published through Pan Macmillan. Anna’s writing has been touted as visceral and emotive. The Guardian has described her as ‘a sharp observer of human emotion.’

On top of these already impressive credentials Anna has also worked her digital strategist and content creation magic for giants such as Bauer Media, Telstra, Kmart, Deakin University and the AFL to name but a few. Her English teachers really were right about her, she’s ace and very talented.

Find Anna’s author website here.

Find Anna’s digital strategist website here.

Find Anna’s books here.

Find Anna on Facebook here.

Find Anna on Twitter here.

Learn more about Robinpedia here.

Learn more about me here.

Read about my views on being a dyslexic writer here.

Read about my thoughts on author branding here.

P.S. See Anna explore words and meaning in this thread begun by Emma Viskic: 

P.P.S. Read Emma’s Robinpedia here.
P.P.P.S. I need a hug and a more supportive childhood.

Jessica Stewart: #Robinpedia

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Jessica Stewart isn’t a Grammar Nazi, she’s a Grammar Amazonian Warrior. A Grammazon if you will. She’s the editor who is willing to slice off excessive descriptives with her chakram and high kick your scenes into a more effective order. Oh, and she has a black belt in Taekwondo.

Words are an addiction for this Sydney based editor and writer. Jessica Stewart is a member of Editors NSW, part of the Black Pheonix Publishing Collective (which sounds like something from a Xena episode), is in the Institute of Professional Editors directory, and not sated with her qualification in Editing and Publishing she has gone on to study for her Masters. On top of this, so committed to the Australian writing scene is Jessica Stewart that she volunteers for the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Jessica Stewart’s services through Your Second Draft include, but are not limited to:

  • Structural editing
  • Copy editing
  • Proofing
  • Business writing and editing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Technical and operational writing 
  • Coporate writing
  • Complex submissions

In the end, the choice is yours. If you want some rigid, grump, nay saying your work, by all means hire a Grammar Nazi, but if you want someone who has many skills and will literally whip your manuscript into shape, then go with the Xena of the Australian editing scene, Jessica Stewart.

Find Jessica Stewart’s Your Second Draft editing services here.

Get a face full of Jessica Stewart here.

Tweet with Jessica Stewart here.
FYI: No she did not edit this. This entry is in no way a reflection on Jessica’s capabilities. This entry maintains the same ethos of sharing my thoughts in their wild and untamed form, complete in my dyslexic glory. Check out my About here.

Read more about Robinpedia here

Read about my experience of being a dyslexic writer here.

Read about my opinion on author branding here.

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Helen Thurloe: #Robinpedia

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Helen Thurloe is a writer in the purest sense of the word, she’ll write anything. She has been known to write poems, essays, text messages, shopping list, and a novel. She’s even made legit postcards! Her text messages and shopping lists have thus far been cruelly ignored by awards and scholarships but her other stuff seems to be going alright…

… And by alright I mean her poetry has won prizes including- ACU Literature Prize, Banjo Patterson Writing Award, The Age of Reinvention, Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Award and has been shortlisted and commended in many others. Her debut novel Promising Azra through Allen & Unwin has been similarly well received with manuscript development prizes such as Varuna Writers’ House Fellowship, NSW Writers’ Centre Fellowship, Children’s Book Council Frustrated Writers Mentorship, Charlotte Warring Barton Award and the completed, published novel was shortlisted for prestigious awards such as the New South Wales Premiere Literary Awards. Vanessa Bond does much of the media on that award and is a babe. We all love Vanessa. Send lots of love to the State Library of New South Wales because they deserve it.

On seeing this cover my twins drew all over themselves with a SHARPIE, do not show to under 3s.

Diverting from Robinpedia for a moment: As a former English teacher, I taught for a little over a decade before leaving to pursue writing, I would personally highly recommend Promising Azra to any English teacher. It would work particularly well for year 10 because it is a very easy read. The novel is set in an Australian high school with the main characters being from a south Asian background. The book focuses on Azra, who is smart, doing incredibly well in school and thinking about going to university when it is revealed that her parents have arranged a marriage to someone she has never met in Pakistan. As Azra struggles her friend Layla is looking forward to her arranged marriage as a chance to get out of school early. The book is highly nuanced with examination of how we are of our families but also our own people and how that conflict plays out. The stakes are incredibly high, Azra’s future, but also realistic.

 

Back to Robinpedia

Helen Thurloe has set aside a dynamic workspace for herself in her home. It has a computer, an exercise bike, and a laundry basket. As an owner of an ergonomic furniture business she also ensures that she works in a manner that is healthy for her body with equipment that is easily adjusted for sitting and standing.

This is how I picture her working

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Evi O: #Robinpedia

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Evi O is a Sydney based designer and one half of the team at OetomoNew. She started her artistic journey drawing stickfigures in primary school, then progressed to completing a design degree at university and now designs award winnning books. Evi O is devoted to designing beautiful books and formerly worked for Lantern Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
As a child Evi O found herself obsessed with a pop-up book of Snow White. Not so much for the story (seriously what a snoozer, living in the forest with 7 dudes whilst you’re escaping from your evil stepmother, happens all the time, amirightoramiright) but for all the design features and how they all interacted. She studied the book so that she too could make book art.

Her love of beautiful books was nearly disrupted when she got into a Business degree at university. Fortunately she swapped to a design degree and ended up studying Visual Communications at UTS. Her mother was a tad devo as she felt business was a more secure field than the arts.

In her career Evi O has taken on many high profile books such as the gorgeous book for T2, Matt Moran’s Dinner at Matt’s (Special Edition), and the multi-award winning Things I Love.
Evi O says thatif you want to get into the book design industry you need to be pushy, bang on the door and jam your foot in there once it’s open and to get to know people. The Australian Book Design association is a great way to get to know people.

Find Evi O’s website here.

Find Evi O on Twitter here.

Find OetomoNew here.

If there is any information that you believe would enhance this entry please feel free to leave it in the comment section. 

Read more about Robinpedia here

Read about my experience of being a dyslexic writer here.

Read about my opinion on author branding here.

Buy my shit here.