Finalist in 2015 Frasier Award!

I just found out that my manuscript Hating Jeremy Walters is one of five finalists in the My Book Therapy Frasier Award for unpublished authors!

Me and the email announcing I'm a finalist!

Me and the email announcing I’m a finalist!

I’m absolutely stunned; the best I had hoped for was to make it to the second round.

Now my entry will be judged by Tamela Hancock Murray, literary agent with Steve Laube Literary Agency, and editor Ami McConnell, VP, Editor-in-Chief at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The winner will be announced at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas in September.

I’m so super excited, and now I have to think about if/how I can get myself from Queensland, Australia, to Texas!

Congratulations to the other four finalists, Megan Menard, Linda Davis, Tamera Kraft and Jan Cline and I might see you in September! 🙂


Novel Contest Results Are In!

I just received my score sheet from the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest for unpublished authors.

I submitted a few chapters of my first manuscript, Open Your Eyes, into the competition. While I didn’t make it into the next round, I was still encouraged by my score and received helpful criticism from the judges. 

They seemed to like the premise of the book and my writing ‘voice’, which I’m really excited about! Many of the comments were about writing craft issues, not the real guts of the book. 

Can’t wait for next year!


‘All I Am’ – My Second Novel

It’s been an exciting week everybody!

On Tuesday I entered the first 15 pages and a synopsis of my second novel, a contemporary romance tentatively titled All I Am, into the Oregon Christian Writers’ Cascade Writing Contest. Apparently I’m their first ever international entrant. 🙂 Hopefully I do a good job representing the Aussies!

I also found out this morning that Elaine Stock has listed this blog as one of her ‘April favorites’ on her website, Everyone’s Story. Thank-you Elaine!

Another exciting thing: on Saturday I was surprised when I was invited to speak at my church’s night service in a few months’ time. I have never done anything other than a youth group talk before, so I’d love some prayer to help me out.

I have also been working on revamping the blog, and as part of that I’m regularly adding new recommendations to the tab above. This week’s recommendation is the Bible study Experiencing God. This study explains in simple, Biblical terms how we can experience God by working with Him, listening to Him and being part of a love relationship with Him. I cannot overstate the difference this has made in my life, and the lives of a lot of people I know. Check it out!

Lastly, I had to let you all know about this awesome guy I heard about this week. A character in All I Am is in remission from cancer, so I emailed an author who offered to tell me about her Dad’s experience with cancer. During our conversation she happened to mention that her father, who is in his eighties, still flies his powered parachute—as recently as last week! She said his cancer made him a lot weaker, but he was very strong initially so even in his weakened state he still takes the parachute for a spin!

I was amazed, but she sent photographic proof. Enjoy.

James and his parachute.

James and his parachute.

James in action.

James in action.