during a harsh drought as a fourteen-year-old drover in 1910. At the back of the manuscript
is an envelope. It’s NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story.
Boo is a seven-year-old Thai girl whose father is dying. She must leave home and travel 1700 kilometres to live in an orphanage, ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, run by a foreigner (farang). With a bag of clothes, some food and a mysterious envelope addressed to ‘Pa Joe’, she
endures an adventurous train trip to Songkhla.
Boo has survived four life-threatening situations since she left home: a train derailment, snake bite, tsunami and a fire. Suddenly she takes ill and is rushed to hospital. Will her lucky amulet help her to survive?
Never give up.
Look outside the square.
Work hard at your craft.
Find a decent editor you can work with.
Take serious criticisms on the chin and move on.
Don’t give a manuscript to your mum or your dog. Your mum will say it’s magnificent even if it’s not, and your dog will lick you anyway.
If you are not serious about writing, get out of the way and find another hobby.
Seek advice, listen and improve.
Revise, revise, revise … cut, cut, cut.
Keep the action moving – conflict, resolution, conflict, resolution etc.
The 100-word blurb will be the most important words in your book.
When you complete a manuscript, remove yourself from it for some time.
Drink swags of coffee, swear and rant when required – I do!