International Women’s Day Feature Author: Lea Scott

From the time Lea Scott picked up her first crayon, creative writing has been one of her lifelong passions. Her mother’s cupboards are filled with self-illustrated books and stories penned from an early age. Other random life skills she has gained along the way include the ability to bait her own fishhook and shoot with a deadly aim…


My name is Lea Scott and I am a Brisbane-based crime writer. I like to excite readers with page-turning thrills but a strong theme also running through my crime novels is showing victims overcoming trauma to become survivors. I am an appointed writing
mentor for the Queensland Writers Centre, helping aspiring writers along the path to achieving their writing and publishing dreams.

I have been writing as long as I can remember. I recall that I traced all the words in my Little Golden Books and pretended that I was writing them. As a child, I was a big fan of mysteries. I had a whole collection of Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon and later Agatha Christie novels and I loved trying to solve the crime before making it to the end. It was a natural progression when I began writing that I chose the genre I most loved to read.

I published my first crime novel, The Ned Kelly Game, in 2009. This was followed by Eclipsed and One for All, so I have racked up quite a high body count. For the record – I can’t stand the sight of blood – but I can write about it!

I have recently completed a novel for a PhD project. My project aims to represent trauma in crime fiction in a way that can have therapeutic benefits for readers who have had similar traumatic experiences. The novel is about a young child who goes missing and the impact this has on the mother. On top of the trauma of losing her only child, the mother also has to deal with being treated as a prime suspect by the police and a trial by media.
I am hoping to publish my PhD novel this year – a domestic noir crime thriller called ‘Ebb and Flow.

The premise of my research is that fiction allows suspension of disbelief and encourages your sub-conscious to expand the story, so this may lead readers to imagine solutions to work through their own situations and symptoms. I’m really enjoying the research for this book, because the ultimate aim is to help people who are suffering.

A little thing called ‘flow’ introduced by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (try and say his name after a few drinks!). It is that heightened state of consciousness where you become so absorbed in the process nothing else seems to matter. Blissful hours can just disappear while I am writing. And the after-effects are almost as good as…chocolate 😉 I am sure that fellow writers like Kate will understand the feeling I am talking about.

You can find out more about Lea and her books on her website:


International Women’s Day: Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction. She specialises in ‘fiction with a conscience’, meaning fictional stories based on real events or set in a specific era.


On being a writer:

Learning to be a writer is like learning anything else: you have to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run.

That said, you might prefer to do this learning thing differently. As someone famous once said: when you’re skating on thin ice, you might as well tapdance.

And so it is with writing.

You stick your neck out every time you sit down at the computer and send your thoughts yonder … into the Cloud, or cyberspace, or the never-never, or maybe nowhere at all.

Practice, patience, and persistence are the three P’s that will get you through.

Practice writing every day. Give yourself a target number of words. I try for 1000. It doesn’t matter if I don’t get there. Perhaps you’ll do 500 or 200 or 50. But if you can’t, who’s going to punish you for being lazy?

Be patient with yourself. Some days you’re too exhausted, or angry, or sad, or excited to settle. So don’t be harsh. Let your writing be a pleasure, not a chore. Come back the next day, or the next.

Persistence kicks in when you think you’re getting no-where. If you want to succeed, don’t give up. Simple as that. Find someone else who shares your dream and your passion. Inspire them and give them the courage to continue and soon you’ll redisccover it in yourself.

Above all, enjoy what you do.

Enemies within these Shores is historical fiction, inspired by a shocking true story about the internment of civilians in Australia during World War Two.

Baby Farm and The Scarlet Key are both crime mysteries set in Brisbane, featuring crusty investigative reporter, Seth VerBeek and his young sidekick, Cate Bradshaw. As well as being gripping reads, the stories incorporate controversial issues such as forced adoptions, positive ageing, coping with loss, and forgiveness.

Debbie is a regular speaker at libraries and book clubs. Her most popular presentations are about indie publishing and the ‘stories behind the story’.
As an ‘indie publisher’ she edits and formats manuscripts for ebooks and print.

‘I simply love reading books by home-grown talented authors, in particular books set in this amazing landscape of ours.’
Check out her What’s New? page and catch up on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


Enemies within these Shores Historical fiction about the internment of ‘enemy aliens’ and life on the home front in Australia during WW2. (2018)

The Scarlet Key Urban crime mystery novel about the addictive world of body ink, a clairvoyant, and a woman with a deadly secret. Every tattoo has a story. (2016)

Mischief, a cracking short story about reinventing yourself and falling in love with a cat. Published 2016. Prizewinner Rockingham Short Story competition 2011.

Baby Farm, a cosy crime mystery novel about forced adoptions in the 70s. (2014)

Mowbray Brothers, an adventure short story about growing up in Brisbane in the 1920s. Republished 2014. Prizewinner One Book Many Brisbanes 2011 as Mowbray Bathers.

New Land New Life, a short story about migration from Italy and surviving the tropics of Far North Queensland in the 1950s. Published 2009 in Beginnings.


International Women’s Day Feature Author: MC D’alton

My next Feature Author is MC D’alton writes spicy contemporary romance  and spicy fantasy romance with a Celtic flavour.  MC Dalton’s South African heritage brings a gritty edge to her writing that packs a powerful emotional punch. MC writes tough, strong heroines and hero’s evolved enough to handle them.

“My real name is Michelle De Bruyn (pronounced Da Brain), but I write under the pen name MC Dalton. Dalton being my great grandfather’s last name. A man I have come to admire through stories passed on over the years.

I was born in South Africa; we immigrated five years ago. The we being; my husband and triplet sons. I have lived on the Sunshine Coast, Alstonville NSW and have finally settled just north of Brisbane.

What I like to write crosses/encompases many genres, but mostly it’s romance. Fantasy romance to be more precise. I love the world of make believe, and yummy dudes, and
strong heroines.

It’s a challenge writing a contemporary novel as I always tend toward the magical, fantasy and paranormal. Then again, love in all forms is magical, is it not?

My WordPress site is full of short stories based on the many ideas which have flitted around in my head. It’s not perfect writing, and most need some editing, but it’s mine,
and it’s a taste of what I hope to get out there one day.

What got me interested in writing was perhaps the endless hours I spent
running around on our acreage in South Africa as a child, daydreaming. There was also my great grandmother, who filled the many hours I spent in her company in the holidays with stories of her life. She was a fantastic storyteller with a solid gold imagination.

I have put stories onto paper since I can remember. I day dream a lot and have given my husband numerous heart attacks when jumping out of bed in the dead of night to jot
down a scene or idea which came to me. I was never any good at writing until recently. I am dyslexic and almost shunned writing forever when my year four teacher put me in
front of the class and ridiculed me for writing backward. Thankfully I inherited my nana’s stubborn genes and never gave up.

I took my writing seriously about two and a half years ago. I had to stop nursing due to a serious injury and so fell back onto my second, which is now my first love – writing.

I love the feel of pen on paper as my world, and its inhabitants come to life. The personalities that blossom as my fingers tap away on the keyboard and the stories that
unfold as I immerse myself into a realm all my making.

Okay, and I love the fact that others will read it and lose themselves in it too.

I also love the amount of amazing friends I have made. There is something to be said about us writers, our loyalty, compassion and support for one another is rare and



You can find out more about the writings of MC D’Alton HERE: