Have you got your Vplates?

When I read this by Alexandra Adornetto, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh, cry, or wonder whether I’d woken up in 1950.  (I will try to put down some of the more naive comments to her youth, but Tony Abbott has no excuse.) All of my YA novels have dealt, to greater or...

‘Mum, you are such a freak!’

… was my daughter’s first reaction to the beginning of the virginity novel. ‘They’re doing it on the first page!’ she spluttered.  ‘Is this book going to be in my school?’ Fortunately, her second, third and forth reactions included laughing and giggling, as she kept...

To or not to be (explicit)

No, I’m not talking about sex in writing this time, although I’ve had some amusing Facebook suggestions on how to name girls’ lower picnic areas for the virginity novel (and also a suggestion that it is called just that: The Virginity Novel.  Further opinions...

Would you keep reading this book?

I don’t normally let out anything close to a first draft, but as I’m about to start my summer holidays/serious writing schedule, any views on the following are most welcome:   Scene: Bold Park, car park, 2am. No lights, barely a moon. Location: The back of a...