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Wendy Orr's author diary: the journal following a writer's working life and the progress of new books, from idea to manuscript to publication.
Across the Dark Sea – the book arrives!
7th May

Across the Dark Sea – the book arrives!

My author copies of Across the Dark Sea arrived last week, and it looks lovely. Donna Rawlins’ black and white illustrations are stark and evocative – and, as a representative of the…
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Life imitating fiction
3rd May

Life imitating fiction

Writing has been slow lately, and readers of The House at Evelyn’s Pond might be interested, or amused, to know that it’s partly because my daughter has just moved to Vancouver. Of…
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Across the Dark Sea
19th Mar

Across the Dark Sea

A reader has just asked me about the three books that are coming out this year, so it seems like a good time to talk about the first one. Across the Dark…
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Working with editors
2nd Feb

Working with editors

I sent the ‘first’ draft of the Nim’s Island sequel in to my publisher and editor at Allen and Unwin two weeks ago, and was rewarded with a very fast read by…
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Happy Writing Year
1st Jan

Happy Writing Year

New Year’s Day in Australia, and I’m probably up earlier than many people as husband Tom is in the volunteer CFA (country fire authority) and was on standby because with a temperature…
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December Deadlines
10th Dec

December Deadlines

So much for my resolution about writing in this weekly! However I’m sure I’m not the only one finding that time flies at this time of year. The first draft of the…
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First Draft Traumas
9th Oct

First Draft Traumas

I’ve been writing hard on the first draft of the Nim sequel – and I always forget what a strange combination of fun, hard work and sheer terror a first draft is.…
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TYPICAL WRITER’S  DAY
11th Sep

TYPICAL WRITER’S DAY

Start with emails, at about 8 a.m., with my breakfast tea: answer two from readers and write to my son James, niece Alana, and friend Jacqueline in France, who was disappointed to…
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BEAUTIFUL BC
5th Sep

BEAUTIFUL BC

My daughter Susan in the middle, with my nieces Chelsea on the right and Alana on the left. Visiting family is always the best part of a trip, and a big birthday…
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Book Planning in New York City
7th Aug

Book Planning in New York City

What a fantastic city New York is (I know that many people have commented on this before, but it was my first visit – and I hope, not my last.) The best…
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A Visit to Hollywood
28th Jun

A Visit to Hollywood

After two years of emails and phone calls, I finally got to meet the people involved with taking my Nim’s Island to the screen. Yes, it’s a big change for someone who…
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The title search concludes: Across the Dark Sea
28th May

The title search concludes: Across the Dark Sea

After months of searching and much angst, I’ve finally come up with a title for the National Museum book about Trung, the little Vietnamese boy who arrives in Australia with his father…
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