Picking up balls

This is dreadful!  I haven't updated since "Gentlemen Formerly Dressed" was released!  I'm afraid this site is one of the first balls to be dropped in the juggling act of my life! It has been a rather full few months... with Christmas, launches, author talks, the Batlow Show (not to be missed) and, of course, the writing of a new book.  I submitted the "A Murder Unmentioned" - the sixth Rowland Sinclair novel yesterday.  Today I had a haircut, got my flu shot, filled prescriptions and picked up a few more  balls that have been dropped over the last few months.  I've started playing with other novels (not Rowland Sinclairs) and am preparing a workshop for the Sydney Writers Festival next month.




Canberra Launch of Gentlemen Formerly Dressed at the superlative Electric Shadows Bookshop with my charming friend and fellow author, Dan O'Malley doing the honours.




A box of B-format of Paving the New Road arrived on my doorstep... as with all my b-formats the cover was based on an original drawing which now hands in my study.



 I found myself shortlisted for the the 2013 Scarlett Stiletto Awards, which my sister, Devini, and I attended in theme!



 I finally redecorated my son Atticus' room - my boy's a doctor....


 The Hero Trilogy Box Set hit the shelves in time for Christmas.

  My garden demanded attention... and by that I mean mowing and weeding!  






  We did Christmas!




Headed to Goulburn via Canberra to have my photo taken with an old friend, a giant sheep and to speak at the Goulburn Library.



 Scrambled to get a hydrangea and a painting ready for the Batlow Show... the Hydrangea won best bloom!


This is a somewhat scrappy account of what I've been up to for since Novemember.  The next months promise to be even more hectic....and I promise to try and keep all my balls, including this one, in the air.... or at stop to pick them up more regularly!



Crime Caper continues.....

 My debut on the local news....

Crime Caper continues



 On Friday the 25th of October, Gentlemen Formerly Dressed was formally launched at the Literary Institute of Batlow.  It would take a new novel to fully describe the warmth and colour and enthusiasm of a hometown launch, and so I have simply posted the photographs here instead.  From the cardboard chandelier, to the jazz-band silhouettes, the papier-mache stag made from extra pages of the A Few Right Thinking Men, fresh flowers from local gardens, cider made of local apples, not to mention a feast so extravagent that it would have impressed Rowland Sinclair himself, there was not a detail overlooked.  Thank you all for a spectacular and elegant good-luck party for Gentlemen Formerly Dressed.  Go well little book, and make friends. 






Gentlemen Formerly Dressed


Just to let you know.... Gentlemen Formerly Dressed is Coming!






The Davitt Awards

    Paving the New Road finds itself on the shortlist for this year's Davitt Award amongst the books of some truly stella crime writers.  


Adult fiction (links are to reviews at Fair Dinkum Crime)
Cold Grave (Kathryn Fox, Pan)
Paving the New Road (Sulari Gentill, Pantera Press)
Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute (Maggie Groff, Pan)
Walking Shadows (Narrelle M Harris, Clan Destine Press)
Silent Fear (Katherine Howell, Pan)
Silent Valley (Malla Nunn, Macmillan)
Sisters of Mercy (Caroline Overington, Bantam)
The Poet’s Cottage (Josephine Pennicott, Macmillan)

The Children of the King (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)
Moonlight and Ashes (Sophie Masson, Random House)
Truly Tan (Jen Storer, ABC Books)
The Tunnels of Tarcoola (Jennifer Walsh, A&U)

True crime
The Waterlow Killings (Pamela Burton, Victory)
Missing You (Justine Ford, Five Mile Press).


Congratulations fellow listees... I am very honoured to be among you.  I've booked my flights and am so looking forward to a wonderful evening with my Sisters in Crime on the 31st of August, when the winner shall be announced. 

....Just glancing through my previous posts and realise I forgot to mention that I won the Davitt Award last year for A Decline in Prophets.  I'd like to think it was modesty but it's more likely I got distracted and forgot to update my website!

It's a bit late (sorry) but this is what my Davitt looks like!