Author Talks and Panel Discussions

Doors open at 8.30am and registrations open for Ask an Author.

Tea and coffee will be available.  Macleans Booksellers will be available for book purchases.

The Accusation - Wendy James in conversation with Scott Bevan


A bizarre abduction. A body of damning evidence. A world of betrayal. Australia's queen of the domestic thriller, Wendy James talks with Scott Bevan and unveils her much anticipated new novel The Accusation. Be the first to hear all about it!

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Words to Print - Publishing paths


Do you wonder how authors are published? Are you a writer thinking about self publishing? Or a reader curious about the whole process? Self published children's author, Renee Price; author of over 70 books for children, adults and teens, Kaz Delaney; and contemporary women's fiction and romance author Monique McDonell discuss with rom-com author Janette Paul their different publishing experiences.

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The plot thickens with Barry Maitland and Candice Fox


How do you write a best seller? Where do authors find inspiration and ideas for hard-hitting suspense novels and police procedurals? Do they have a writing plan, or fly by the seat of their pants?  Find out when Barry Maitland and Candice Fox discuss their books and writing process with Karen Crofts, Director, Hunter Writers Centre.

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Does the picture tell the story? - Creating picture books


There's only a few words - how much work could it take to write a picture book? How do the words and pictures, and illustrators and authors, work together? Find out, and discover some amazing children's books, when authors Deborah Kelly, Lynn Jenkins and illustrator Gwynneth Jones reveal all with children's author, Jess Black.

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Hush Hush - Candice Fox (written with James Patterson)


Candice is a tour de force in the crime fiction scene and passionate about crime writing. With not one, not two, but THREE books in 2019, she has plenty to tell, including co-writing Hush Hush, her fourth novel with James Patterson.

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"The British have curtains, not drapes": the facts expected in fiction


You will be surprised what facts are needed in fiction, the research required to meet reader expectations and the consequences of getting it wrong! Jaye Ford talks with Amanda Hampson (Sixty Summers) and Ned Kelly Award winning author Wendy James (The Accusation) on the very different research required for their new books.  In researching Sixty Summers, Amanda embarked on a European trip retracing her own youthful journey from the 1970s! Wendy James' suspense thriller, The Accusation, is a powerful exploration of the fragility of trust and the lure of the mob.

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Writing for children - Authors share their books and writing tips


Have you always wanted to write for children? Are you curious on how children's stories take shape? Jess Black, author of over 35 books for children including new series, The Tales of Mr Walker; Paul Russell, school teacher and author of The Incurable Imagination, Grandma Forgets, My Storee; and Lynn Jenkins author of the Lessons of a Lac series, share their writing experiences and books with Kaz Delaney who, along with her alter-ego Kerri Lane, has herself penned over 70 books for children.

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Romance in Mindalby - Ideas to words, Words to stories, Stories to books


Discover the small town of Mindalby and the rural romance series with a difference. Hear how 7 authors have worked together to write 7 different stories set in the same town and featuring the same characters.  Join us for a discussion panel where five authors of the Mindalby Outback Romance series, S E Gilchrist, Lee Christine, Lauren K McKellar, Linda Charles and Kerrie Paterson share their writing experience, including their publishing choices and processes.

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