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: Media and Reviews

I feel very honoured at some of the wonderful things that people are saying about April in Paris, 1921. I’ve included some of them below.

Readings Bookstore

Booklist Online (starred review)

Better Reading – and a podcast is coming soon too!

Publishers Weekly

The book is currently out with Harper Collins Australia and is due on July 3rd with Pegasus Books US. If you look at Kiki’s instagram, you’ll see a bunch of windows with Kiki in them too. It’s a wonderful ride.


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.


Scene of destruction in a Berlin street just off the Unter den Linden. No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Wilkes A (Sergeant) – This is photograph BU 8604 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 4700-30)

I am very pleased to say that, for its latest issue War & PeaceSoutherly published my short fiction piece, V. You can read it 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.