Interview with Debbi Mack of Crime Cafe

Just before Christmas I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Debbi Mack for her site and podcast, Crime Cafe. Having Covid over Christmas prevented me from posting about it earlier, but it was great fun! I loved talking about Kiki Button and all the ins and out of 1920s Paris.

You can find the podcast with transcript here.

You can find the video here.

You can find my guest post – with giveaway! – here.

To enter the giveaway, just tell me Who is the 1920s personality you most admire and why? The prize is a copy of the first Kiki Button book, April in Paris, 1921, and you can contact me via email or any of my social media channels.

Events: “April in Paris, 1921” at a library near you

If you missed out on my talk at Sutherland Library in November 2018, you have a chance to revisit it this year. Through February to May, I will be giving versions of that talk at places (mostly libraries) in and around Sydney. Some details of these are below.

Thursday February 21st, 6-7pm: Alliance Francaise Sydney

Friday March 8th: International Women’s Day event at Lithgow Library

Thursday March 14th, 4:30-5:45pm: Picton Library

Monday March 25th, 10am: Kincumber Library

Saturday May 4th, 1:30pm: Bankstown Library

All of these will be shown on my Facebook Author Page, so make sure you sign up to keep up to date with all the events news.

I’m also available to speak at book clubs, so if you’re reading April in Paris, 1921 at your next bookclub, please feel free to get in touch.

Kiki, Paris, and 1920s bohemia at the Sutherland Library

I’m giving a talk at the Sutherland Library, Sydney NSW, about Paris and 1920s bohemia, about detective fiction and writing, about my heroine Kiki Button and all her antics. Come and join me! The details are below:

When: Monday November 12th, 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Sutherland Library NSW

Kiki Button at Pegasus

I am also delighted to announce that my novel April in Paris, 1921: a Kiki Button mystery has been acquired by Pegasus Books in the US. This US edition is due for release on July 3rd, 2018 but is available for pre-order through the Pegasus site, Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia. I’d like to thank Katie McGuire, Claiborne Hancock, my editor at Pegasus for all their hard work, and again, my agent Sarah McKenzie. And the cover designer too: the cover is magnificent.

Kiki Button at Harper Collins

I am delighted to announce that my novel April in Paris, 1921: a Kiki Button mystery  has been acquired by Harper Collins Australia. It is due for release on May 21st, 2018 with pre-orders available now through Harper Collins and Booktopia. I’d like to thank my agent Sarah McKenzie, my publisher Catherine Milne, my editor Julia Stiles, as well as Belinda Yuille, Alice Wood and the cover designer. Isn’t it great?

Expect much much more about Kiki Button in the future.

The Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature


I am pleased to say that I have been awarded first place in the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature. This annual prize is run by Griffith University and is one of the most prestigious prizes in Australia. It includes both a poetry and a fiction section, with two first place and two runners-up. I am grateful and proud at having come first place and wish to congratulate the other winners – Melissa Goode, Sarah Holland-Batt, and Chloe Wilson – on their excellent work. I would also like to thank judges Matthew Lamb and Terri-Ann White, Judith Beveridge and Anthony Lawrence, as well as Nigel Krauth and Griffith University.

You can read my story here.
You can read Melissa Goode’s story here, Sarah Holland-Batt’s poem here, and Chloe Wilson’s poem here.

The Orlando Prize for Short Fiction


I am pleased, amazed, proud and grateful to say that I have recently been awarded the Orlando Prize for Short Fiction. The competition, that included categories for Flash Fiction, Creative Non Fiction and Poetry as well, is run by the A Room of Her Own Foundation. Based in America, they focus on women’s writing. As part of the prize, I will be published in Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, Featuring Maxine Hong Kingston. You can read about all the winners here. You can read my story here. Again, a huge thanks to AROHO for running this competition.