Researching ‘The Sentinel’: Lighthouse visits

The Wilson’s Promontory Lighthouse is easily my favourite lighthouse, not only because it was a visit here nearly four years ago that gave me the idea for ‘The Sentinel’, but also because of the wonderfully dramatic landscape that surrounds it. The lighthouse itself is a prize – it takes a whole day to walk fromContinue reading “Researching ‘The Sentinel’: Lighthouse visits”

How I wrote ‘The Sentinel’

Part 2: Pre-writing After I found the Guardian article, ‘How to Write a Novel in 30 Days’, (which I talked about in an earlier blog post), I spent much more than 30 days actually working through the templates! I estimate it took me nearly a year to work through the structure, character development, timeline ofContinue reading “How I wrote ‘The Sentinel’”

Researching ‘The Sentinel’: Colonial dress

“You can tell a lot about a person by the clothes they wear”. So begins the article (below) by Damian McIntyre reporting for ABC Tasmania on the National Trusts’ treasure trove of gowns from the colonial era. When researching my novel, ‘The Sentinel’, I knew that understanding the clothing in which my characters dressed wasContinue reading “Researching ‘The Sentinel’: Colonial dress”

Researching my book [Post #1] – ‘Meeting’ Henry Bayles Ford

The research I did for my historical fiction novel set in 1880 in a lighthouse off the coast of Victoria, involved many trips to various libraries (virtual and physical).  Today I want to share a story with you of a special experience I had visiting one of those libraries. To centre my characters in ‘place’Continue reading “Researching my book [Post #1] – ‘Meeting’ Henry Bayles Ford”