THIS WRITING LIFE: Greetings from the realm of the semi-homeless!

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After less than 12 months in vibrant, football obsessed Melbourne, we returned north just after New Year to the land of many cockroaches and my beloved Sydney Swans. Yes, we’re back in NSW, floating around the far, far outer reaches of Sydney. Frustratingly, we’ve yet to find anywhere to live but we’re working on it. Hard. I’m rather jack of tramping around houses and poking around but these things must be endured, and it does help me get to know the area little.

Never mind. There are marvellous things occurring to make up for it.

Firstly, I was ridiculously chuffed to learn that Heart of the Valley was a finalist in the Favourite Contemporary Romance section of the Australian Romance Readers Awards. It’s so amazing to see HotV (as I affectionately call it) listed alongside such illustrious 2012 ARRA finalistcompany and I cannot wait for the first weekend in March when the winners will be announced at the Australian Romance Readers Convention. I’m not expecting even slightly to win – not against THAT competition – but it’ll still be great to be a part of the celebrations.

Secondly, I’m writing up an absolute storm! Monday week ago I started my next novel and the words have been gushing out. It’s amazing. Given the circumstances, I’d expected some sort of keyboard constipation but the opposite has occurred. I can only put it down to how completely besotted with this story I am. Either that or I’m plain old bored out of my skull, and getting lost in my imagination is far more preferable than staring at the stark black and white interior of our temporary accommodation. Nah. Has to be the former. I LOVE this story!

Thirdly, I’m finally making a big dent in my massive to-be-read pile and have read some wonderful books. Monica McInerney’s The House of Memories is a stand out (oh, I bawled!), as was Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (what a hoot!). So far I’ve read five books since the start of January – a lot for me – and with almost a week to go the tally’s likely to be six. Looks like I’ll have to go a-bookbuying again. What a shame…

And lastly, my May release Heartland is becoming real. Soon I’ll have a cover to show off and a blurb to tease you with, and it won’t be long and it’ll be off to the printer. I’m doing a final proof of its pages right now and having a wonderful time revisiting Callie and Matt at Glenmore. Giggling a little too over the antics of Honk, Glenmore’s highly territorial and more than a little bit brain-fried goose.

So it’s not all bad. In fact, when I discount the “of no fixed abode” part of my life I have to admit it’s all pretty damn fabulous!

Speaking of fabulous, this time next week will see the return of Friday Feast and you should see the line up of authors booked for 2013. It’s droolworthy. We kick off with Man Drought and Stand-In Star author, and very good buddy of mine Rachael Johns, who was only this week also ranked as Australia’s 10th favourite novelist in Booktopia’s Australia Day poll. So stay tuned!

Wishing you all a brilliant Australia Day tomorrow. Enjoy those barbecues.


STOP PRESS: A minor miracle has occurred. We think we’ve found a house! Please join us in throwing streamers and generally wahooing about the place.


13 thoughts on “THIS WRITING LIFE: Greetings from the realm of the semi-homeless!

  1. Avatarfitzroylou

    Hi Cathryn,
    Great to get a recap on what’s happening. I’ve so missed Friday Feasts and will look forward to its return with such an illustrious guest. Looking forward to Heartland. And great news that you have a home. So much good news. Crack open a bottle 🙂

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      We’re not final on the house yet, Louise, and given we had a perfect one lined up before only to have it fall through, I’m not counting my chickens. But I am hopeful!

  2. AvatarSuzi Love

    Hope the house is soon set in concrete.
    And you well deserve to be nominated in Australian Romance Readers with such a great book. Exciting to know I helped and fingers crossed for finals.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      So do I, Suzi. So do I. Mind you I’m writing so much at the moment that I can hardly complain.

      Thanks for the ARR Award congrats. I’m pretty damn chuffed about it!

  3. AvatarKim

    Hi Cathryn,
    Good to hear about the house. Have fun unpacking! Looking forward to Heartland.Hope to see you both in September in Townsville.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Hi Kim! Thanks for dropping by. Not sure I’ll be any unpacking fun, assuming we get this house and don’t have it all go pear-shaped like the last one. Unpacking always seems to the the worst bit of moving I reckon. And yep, will definitely be doing a run to the ‘Ville in Sept. Can’t miss the big event!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Heya roomie! We shall indeed be having a ball at ARRC. Can’t wait to see what Friday Feast goodness you’re going to surprise me with. Bet it’s delish though!

  4. Avatarchristinestinson

    So many good reasons to celebrate, Cathryn – and a long weekend to do it! Have a great one.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Hi Christine. It’s proving a rather loooooong weekend at the moment with all this rain. Lucky I have plenty of book things to keep me occupied, although poor Jim is feeling his itchy golf feet.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Thanks Bree. Gawd, I hope it all works out. I don’t really want to start this house hunting business all over again. Tis keeping me from my new book!!

  5. AvatarHelene Young

    Congrats on the ARRA award shortlisting for Heart of the Valley! Very well deserved 🙂

    And congrats on finding a house to live!! Although if the words are flowing on the next story clearly the nomadic life agrees with you.

    Look forward to many more Friday Feasts!!

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