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A Rather Long Hiatus

I’ve been relatively quiet of late, so many things have been going on that attending to my blog has been pushed to the back of my To Do list. So here I am to make amends.

What’s been happening?

Firstly, my lovely father Michael McCaffrey died in November and it threw life as we knew it well and truly off the rails. In that head space writing , living and just existing becomes challenging. Six months on and things have straightened out somewhat- big adjustments on a daily basis still being made.

In this time I have managed to write a novel– but it has undergone two major transformations and is now heading for a third! I have been having a problem deciding on the target audience, as it’s quite different from anything I’ve previously had published. But now, after meeting with my publisher, I have a relatively clear idea of where it’s meant to go and who it is for. Stay tuned!

In other news: beautiful monster was acknowledged as a White Raven 2011. This is taken from their website and explains what the acknowledgement means:

Throughout each year, the language specialists (Lektoren) at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library / IYL) select recently published books that they consider especially noteworthy. This »premium label« is given to books of international interest that deserve a wider reception on account of their universal theme and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.

That’s pretty cool huh?

And then there’s more- this amazing kid has created a book trailer for Destroying Avalon and posted it on You Tube. I think she deserves an

Check it out



I am an Australian author of YA and Adult fiction. My first novel Destroying Avalon (2006) published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press is about cyber bullying.My second novel In Ecstasy (2008) is about friendship and drugs. My third novel Beautiful Monster (2010)focuses on body image . Crashing Down (2014) was my fourth novel and is about teen pregnancy. Saving Jazz (2016), is a novel that looks the world of social media and what happens when your mistakes go viral. In 2019 I released a non-fiction book The (mostly) English Teachers' Survival Guide To Marking which outlines a coded marking and feed-forward system, designed to save teachers about 50% of their marking time. My first adult book Double Lives is being released in 2022. I live in Western Australia, with my husband, two daughters, a cat and two Maltese Shih Tzus.

5 thoughts on “A Rather Long Hiatus

  1. I am so happy to hear that you’re working on a new book, I own all of your previous books and I am a really big fan, I love your writing technique and I love how well you cover issues that do affect teenagers, myself included! 🙂
    I will be waiting in silent anticipation for another glorious story to read.
    I’m sorry to hear about your father, I had a recent thing that happened with my father, It was a bit different though, My dad has both aplasticanemia and fanconi anemia, he had a bad incident and it through our family into turmoil, not quite the same, sorry I’m rambling.
    Point is, Your books are fantastic!, we had the joy of critically analysing Destroying Avalon in my Childrens literature class, We were covering adolescent literature first, I had read your books before and was so happy that we could do our study on that. 😀
    I hope this comment recieves you well, or as well as can be expected.
    Can’t wait for your next book 😀

  2. PLEASE MAKE A MOVIE OF DESTROYING AVALON! me and my friend read the book for school and we cried it’s so sad 😥
    Please make a movie!

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