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Australian Book Lovers is on a mission is to bring fabulous Australian and Indigenous literature from all genres to book lovers around the globe, as well as fantastic resources and information for passionate authors looking to write their next bestseller. Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more!

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Author Sue-Ellen Pashley

Author Sue-Ellen Pashley

2024-07-1301:36:14

In Episode 113 we give a big shout out to our newest subscribers Hayley Walsh and Nadine Abrahams. We talk Victorian library and Aus vs US best seller stats, NAIDOC week awards and Karajia Awards shortlists, pitching tips, reading trends, and ideas for the literary Olympics. Plus, congrats to Helen Edwards and Nikky Lee for recent book cover reveals.In a dragon-laden interview with multi-talented Sue-Ellen Pashley, she shares her wisdom, experience and advice, as well what Darth Vader wears u...
Author Nadine Abrahams

Author Nadine Abrahams

2024-07-0601:38:05

In episode 112, Veronica and Laurie bring you libraries, warm winter reads, Lego adventures, Story Dogs, fellowships, industry news, made up words, reminders about the free online RAW (readers are writers) workshop with Dr Rachel Matthews and so much more... (Did you know, karanoia is terror of the blank page?) Veronica has another go at the PMI Victorian History Library's Friday Riddle. You'll have to listen to the next episode to see if she's close. Laurie has a wonderful chat wit...
Author Les Zigomanis

Author Les Zigomanis

2024-06-2401:39:46

In Episode 111, Veronica & Laurie bring you news, reviews and rabbit holes about phonics, olympic cyclists, AI surveys, festivals, events and anthologies (two from Deadset Press: Rebels and Rainbows + Embrace the Silence). Plus Laurie takes a deep dive interview with the amazing author Les Zig (Lazaros Zigomanis). Our book review is the final volume in the YA series Blackbirch. Blackbirch 4: The Collector by K.M. Allan.Book spotlights this episode include:Crossing Continents: A Cycl...
In the Writer's Room for Ep110, Veronica and Laurie chat with the brilliant, multi-talented crime authors Andrea Barton (The Godfather of Dance) and Kirsten Hunter (Murder at the Narssisus Gardening Club). We explore the adventures and experiences that brought them to writing and publishing their debut crime novels. Both have recently released first in a series starring a fabulous female sleuth. Though delivering very different stories, we discover both authors have written childrens books an...
Author Tania Blanchard

Author Tania Blanchard

2024-06-0102:02:10

Veronica & Laurie wrestle with feline critics, share findings from the Indie Author Survey results, and manage to use the words poggled and nyctous in conversation. Plus we bring you Darren Kasenkow's final interview with inspiring author Tania Blanchard, more news, book spotlights, quotes, and reviews.Book spotlights this episode include:Edward's Cat: Three Cats, a Magical Legacy. And a Dog. by Maria P Frino - YA fantasySisters of the Sands by J.B. Villinger - science fictionThe Painting...
Author Helen Edwards

Author Helen Edwards

2024-05-1301:40:48

Veronica & Laurie are nerding out on words in episode #108. We have an inspirational and educational interview with the amazing middle grade author of The Rebels of Mount Buffalo, Dr Helen Edwards. Plus industry news, Book Spotlights, and tips for growing readers from Australia Reads. Veronica reviews YA dystopian fantasy, 'Sky on Fire' by Jesse Greyson.Book spotlights:A kids book about ADHD! by Elly Both – non-fictionCatch the Wind by Bruce Lowery – memoirThe Changing Room by Belinda Cra...
Veronica and Laurie are in the Writer's Room for episode 107! We chat with fabulous Australian authors Rachel Matthews and Michael Fitzgerald about their latest works, the themes within their stories, how they explore literary relationships, the absurdity and colour of real life, older women protagonists, and growing old gracefully - or not so gracefully. Plus some practical facts on when and where and how they write. Both authors generously share their story inspirations and invaluable advic...
Author Eugen Bacon

Author Eugen Bacon

2024-04-2701:33:09

Veronica and Laurie are in their element in Episode #106 talking all things words and writing. Veronica chats with the wonderful and inspiring Eugen Bacon about her writing and her life. We have industry news, book spotlights, and quotes. We review Blood Fever written by Laurie Bell and a whole lot more.Book spotlights:The Unexpected Heiress by George Mallory - contemporary family sagaThe Godfather of Dance: A Jade Riley Mystery by Andrea Barton - mysteryTo the River by Vikki Wakefield ...
Author Simon Higgins

Author Simon Higgins

2024-04-2502:02:30

Veronica and Laurie Bell are together again for Australian Book Lovers podcast episode 105. Darren Kasenkow is back briefly and shares his second last interview with the brilliant and prolific Australian author Simon Higgins. Plus we chat Friday Fictioneers with Laurie, laugh at the inconsistencies of the English language, and share some fabulous quotes! And yes, we have some video. Our YouTube channel is waiting for you.Intro - 00:27Author Interview - 00:13:42Post chat and quotes - 01:...
Author Catherine Jinks

Author Catherine Jinks

2024-04-1601:49:59

Veronica is joined by Laurie Bell for Australian Book Lovers podcast episode 104. We have an amazingly generous and educational interview with renowned Australian author Catherine Jinks. And of course we have book spotlights, industry news, made up words and a book review by Naomi Shippen of The Girl She Was Before by Jess Kitching + a whole lot more! Including, for the first time with video! Check out our YouTube channel.Book spotlights:The World Settlers by Callan J Mulligan - science ficti...
Author Alison Booth

Author Alison Booth

2024-02-1201:43:24

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for episode 103, featuring an inspiring and heartfelt interview with author Alison Booth. We have industry news, helpful tips for writers and the Reader's Café featuring book spotlights, chats about panexperiential philosophy, standing in freezers for too long, how to tell if someone's anxious, a book review of Memories Don't Lie by Pauline Yates and a whole lot more!Intro chat - 00:22News - 16:05Reader's Café - 25:13Author Interview - 42:33Quotes - 1:35:44Book ...
Author Michael Buxton

Author Michael Buxton

2024-01-2802:20:15

It's time to hit the groovy sixties, and that means episode 102 is here! We have a soul searching interview with author Michael Buxton who discusses the magic hidden within his novel 1964! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for some Australian trivia, words that are the same but different, chats about digital coffee cups, industry news, Reader's Café and lots of book spotlights. We have a cameo from the delightful romance author, Sandy Barker plus a whole lot more...Author cameo: 00:00Intro - 00:...
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a jam packed episode featuring an interview with authors Ned and Shane Heaton, who reveal insights into their mission to reduce plastic across the globe and disrupt the toothbrush industry! There's a cameo from author Damien Linnane, industry news, book spotlights, chats about trivia, wild strawberries, new words, all sorts of sci-fi, and prison terms for Freddo Frog theft. We review The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards and Radcliffe: a novella by Ma...
We made it to 100!

We made it to 100!

2024-01-1201:09:05

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they celebrate reaching 100 episodes and chat about what's made the journey so special, so far, and what's going to make the journey ahead even more so. It's completely unscripted, off the cuff and proof that the silly season is never without victims... Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to all our listeners, all our guests and their brilliant stories, and all our readers supporting Aussie writers.Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit austr...
Author David Cohen

Author David Cohen

2023-11-2301:44:26

Dive into episode 99 with hosts Veronica and Darren for a thought provoking and thrilling interview with author David Cohen. We have a Reader's Cafe featuring a whole bunch of book spotlights, an author cameo by Simon Higgins, industry news, chats about the fragility of a normal day, magic mushrooms, a review by Hayley Walsh of Sandy Barker's One Summer in Santorini, and a whole lot more!Author cameo: 00:00Intro - 00:39News - 19:38Reader's Café - 26:28Author Interview - 42:50Interview Discuss...
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a Writer's Lounge chat with Danielle Clode from the Australian Society of Authors! Danielle gives us an amazing insight into how AI has been trained, how authors can find out if their work has been used, and the legal landscape as we step into the future...Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
Never let a technical glitch get in the way of a fun horror chat! Join Darren and author Phil Hore as they continue their gushings of all things 70s and 80s, the many good reasons why you should never ask for permission, and how dinosaur research can lead to amazing international connections...Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
Just a quick message regarding our temporary pause in podcast productions. Don't worry though, we're back in a jiffy!Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
Darren sits down with author Phil Hore for a laid back chat about John Carpenter's 'The Thing', video stores, horror art, pop culture, and a whole lot more in part one of a two part Writer's Lounge special!Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
Author Myke Mollard

Author Myke Mollard

2023-09-1702:19:30

Strap yourself in and tap on your helmet three times to make sure it's secure, because in this episode's interview guest Myke Mollard brings enough energy to power a new planet! Veronica and Darren chat about new words, made up words, quotes, industry news, giveaways and the Reader's Cafe book spotlights, as well as discussions about the wonders of the universe right in our backyards...Author cameo: 00:00Intro - 01:53News - 18:47Reader's Café - 23:51Author Interview - 39:20Interview Discussio...
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