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August 14, 2009

Successful New Writers and Varuna Blog

Filed under: Books & Writing — roundtablewriting @ 9:22 am

Many thanks to Susanne Gervay for her enthusiastic comments about the Picador India edition of Fear Factor Terror Incognito in the Varuna Blog at:

Thanks also to Roanna for her comments on the same blog.
Roanna Gonsalves is an Indian-Australian writer to watch, she is working on her first novel with the support of Varuna Writers Centre and an Australia Council New Work Grant for Emerging Writers. Her short story Curry Muncher, inspired by the recent attacks on Indian students in Australia, was published in Eureka Street in June 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (St. Xavier’s College), a Master of Arts in English Literature (Bombay University), a Master of Arts in Writing (University of Technology Sydney) and a Diploma in TV Production (KvB Institute, Sydney). She currently works as a research assistant at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Roanna is a UTS alumna and a member of the UTS Alumni Writers’ Network. She has also submitted an abstract for the IASA-AIC Goa 2010 Conference.
You can read Roanna’s story Curry Muncher at:

Editor Sharon Rundle and author Gunilla Miranda with her new book.

Editor Sharon Rundle and author Gunilla Miranda with her new book.

Congratulations to Gunilla Miranda who has been invited to book fairs in London 2010 and New York 2010, as well as the Frankfurt Book Fair in October this year. Her book From Nobel Prize to Ride-On Mower has been published by Strategic Book Publishing New York.

It is a gripping read and ‘a powerful memoir that illustrates what the human spirit can both endure and create’.

It will be launched in Australia at Gleebooks Book Shop,

From Nobel Prize to Ride-on Mower by Gunilla Miranda

From Nobel Prize to Ride-on Mower by Gunilla Miranda

49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

at 3:30 pm on 26th September, 2009.

Guest of Honour is Swedish Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson.

RSVPs essential by 23rd September on 1300 553 253.

Australian Media enquiries to: 1300 553 253.

Today’s Writing Tip

Read Roanna’s story and create your own storyline where a character has a choice of helping someone in a dangerous situation or walking away. Once you have drafted the initial storyline then ‘up the ante’ so that there is more at stake for the character’s decision and see how that affects the storyline. Make sure there is enough at stake for the character to make the decision difficult and complex. Know your character thoroughly to ensure that their behaviour is not stereotyped or predictable. Create alternative endings to explore ideas beyond the first or second idea to a more creative and original ending. You will be well on the way to creating an absorbing story that has impact.


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