It sounded better in my head: the reality of writing
It sounded better in my head: the gap between reality and perfection when writing fiction

On Saturday, Mr12 and I went to the Blue Mountains with his friend Mr13 and Mr13’s mum. It’s a six-hour round trip, which meant the four of us spent a lot of time together in a small car. I don’t know if you’ve ever spent six hours in a small car with two tween boys, but […]

6 top #LoveOzYA authors talk about writing
6 #LoveOzYA authors talk about writing

This week, So You Want To Be A Writer, my podcast with Valerie Khoo, celebrates 130 episodes, so I decided it was time to do a few ‘best of’ posts to help you find the episodes and interviews that really interest you! First up, I’m focussing on YA authors, specifically Australian YA authors. (As a […]

How to grow readers
How to grow readers

How to grow readers

October 11, 2016

Both of my boys are readers. Mr12 is a die-hard reading addict, much like his mother, and has the blog to prove it. Mr9 is less obsessive, but always has a book (or four) on the go. He’s a dipper, is Mr9, and I always watch his progress with great interest. Why? Because if he […]

In my not-so-secret garden
crabapple blossom

In my not-so-secret garden

September 28, 2016

If there’s one thing the school holidays does for me, it’s remind me how much I love my garden. It’s a good size, with lots of secret nooks and crannies, and the boys are happy to spend a lot of time out there, doing whatever it is that boys do. It’s only in the holidays […]

New A.L. Tait series coming your way
new A.L. Tait series for October 2017

If you’re following me on any of my social media platforms, you would have seen this image pop up last week. Yes, a new A.L. Tait series is coming your way, with the first book launching in October 2017. I’ll share more details with you as soon as I can. My current To Do list […]

In the quiet time: the art of active waiting
A.L. Tait Lunch With The Stars

Last week was a crazy-busy flurry of activity. I spent three days in the Big Smoke for Book Week appearances, and met some 800+ kids in the process. On Tuesday I went to the Hogwarts-like grandeur of the International College Of Management for the Lunch With The Stars, put on by the amazing members of […]

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

August 22, 2016

The winner of my newsletter giveaway is Amanda Paul, who has been contacted by email, and whose name was chosen at random as per T&Cs for the competition. Thanks to the hundreds of subscribers who entered the giveaway – and thanks for subscribing to my newsletter! Not a subscriber? Sign up here!