POND

Jon is 16 years old and suffering from severe depression. Encouraged by his therapist, he creates a name for what he is experiencing and in doing so brings his nemesis to life. His behaviour becomes increasingly odd as he begins to converse with it. His friends seek to help him. Their plan is ingenious yet deadly.

Tell Me a Story

Pages turn and sparks fly when Emma, a bookstore owner and writer, meets a wealthy developer named Caleb at a literary event in Orlando. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects ... and Emma's wondering what kind of lover is underneath Caleb's expensive suit. When they begin to...

Backseat Highway

In Virileville, the most important event of any girl’s existence is her graduation. On this day her fate is decided. If she is perfectly suited for the career designated to her, she lives. If not, she is disposed of immediately. One imperfect, unnamed girl awaits her demise. However, hours before the ritual, she is kidnapped by a...

Dear Writer ... Revisited

People who are beginning to write fiction, particularly people living in remote places, often send their manuscripts to an assessor, and the letters in the original edition of Dear Writer were inspired by correspondence I had with writers when I was reading their manuscripts. I used to sign my letters with the name of a character from...

The Antidote

When eighteen-year-old Mia survives a mass shooting at her high school she is left traumatised and confused. The shooter is her best friend. She attends college where she is the only witness to the murder of a man, who unknown to her, is working for a secret organisation to produce a genetically modified virus. As he dies he transfers...

Fine Tuning

Kat Green’s juggling a design business, the loss of her husband’s job and her son Axel’s senior year. Kat sees her son’s future at university, Axel sees it at the School of Rock. As Axel’s bands gains airplay, his grades plummet. Kat’s failing business brings the family to the brink of financial ruin. In Kat’s own senior year, 1980,...

Passing

Six months before her son’s bar mitzvah, Chika Frank discovers she is not Jewish. Letters she unearths, from a stranger to her elderly mother, cast doubt on everything she thought she knew about herself. The fallout shatters Chika’s marriage, causing her sixteen-year-old daughter to flee. When the letter writer’s daughter appears on...

Trinketing

Melbourne. 1897. Chester Blake is an orphaned newsboy who has been sleeping rough since leaving the madhouse where he lived with his mute mother. He is offered a home by a psychiatrist who believes Chester could read his mother’s mind. He wants Chester to do the same with his mute wife, Eleanor. Yet, once inside the psychiatrist’s...

Ball Tearer

Eden Spencer is a hardworking newspaper journalist battling the frustrations of a cut-throat newsroom. Unexpectedly thrust into the editor’s job, she attempts to transform the newspaper’s blokey culture, but a male colleague, furious at being overlooked for the top job, thwarts her every move. Chaos reigns as reporters mutiny, and the...

Outskirts of Infinity

One sunny Sunday morning, Thomas Nash receives tragic news. The therapist he has been seeing for five years has suddenly and unexpectedly died. Over the next few days, Tom realises that he knows nothing about the man who knew everything about him. Obsessed with understanding his grief and loss, he hides his true identity and insinuates...