Sunday, 20 March 2016

Like I Can Love by Kim Lock

I don't often use this blog for book reviews, but every so often a book comes along that deserves some space and time.  This is one of those books.

Like I Can Love by Kim Lock is being released on March 22. I am honoured and privileged to know Kim, who lives in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, and it's a pleasure to introduce you to her novel. Kim and I, along with some other gorgeous people, were at the QWC / Hachette Manuscript Development Program in 2013.  And while I am still struggling to get publishers interested in my manuscript, she has had a dream run. Not only has Like I Can Love been snapped up here, but it's being translated and will be sold in Germany.  Kim has tackled the subject of domestic violence, but she's done it with a great deal of tact, professionalism and some beautiful writing. How would you feel if you discovered your best friend was being not so much physically abused by her husband, as manipulated and belittled? What would you do, what would you say? Would you indeed do anything? The blurb on the back of Like I Can Love says it is both heartbreaking and terrifying, and I urge you to read it. It's a topic that deserves our full attention. 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Tincture Journal

I am delighted to introduce you to Tincture Journal , a quarterly issue of fiction,
poetry and creative non-fiction edited by Daniel Young.  My lovely young writing friend, Bec
Jessen told me all about them a couple of months ago, and now I am in the latest issue, together with one of her wonderful pieces of prose poetry.  Whoo Hoo.

The piece I wrote is a bit of memoir about both my daughter and my experience with breast cancer. Read to Me was placed second in the Launceston, Tasmania, Literary Awards in 2014, and I had been struggling to find publication for it, but now thanks to Tincture it is available to read online for a small price (a year's subscription is $AU25).  It is very gratifying to see this piece finally being published, and my thanks go to the wonderful team at Tincture. Who are very professional and, um, young. (I find it scary when young people are so brilliant.) 

There is much to like about Issue Thirteen. For a start it has a beautiful cover, and those of you who read my blogs know that in my world covers count for a lot.  There is some wonderful content. I can particularly recommend Bec's piece, field officer no. 302, and Summertime by Grace Heyer. 

I never write a blog without eye-candy but I have been dithering about images. In the end I have chosen something indicative of:

Tincture: to be tinged or imbued with a slight amount of.