The door creaks open and standing in the entrance is my absolute worst nightmare. Perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect brain. Perfect sneer. Evelyn Tait.
Impulsive Lottie – heavy-metal fan, expert tomato-grower and frequent visitor to the principal’s office – is in even more trouble than usual. Her best friend Grace has dropped an unlikely bombshell: she’s dating Lottie’s mortal enemy, good-girl Evelyn Tait.
Studious Jude, the boy next door, has the perfect war plan. Lottie will beat Evelyn at her own good-girl game, unveiling Miss Perfect’s sinister side in the process.
Taking life more seriously starts as fun, but soon offers its own rewards . . . so long as Lottie can manage gorgeous Sebastian’s sudden interest, Jude acting weird, and the discovery that she might actually be good at something.
Taking Down Evelyn Tait is a story about family, friends and embracing who you are. Even if that person is kind of weird.
One of the most incredible things that happened to me in 2019, was being awarded the Writers SA residency at Varuna the Writer's House.
I went to Varuna (in the Blue Mountains) for a week and I have never been so productive in my entire life!
I worked on a new project and wrote 50,000 words. I am so excited about the (still very rough) manuscript, and so grateful for my time at Varuna. I never get time like that. Days of uninterrupted writing time. I made the most of it.
Well because I love YA (young adult fiction). Obviously. But to dig a little deeper than that, ...... .Sometimes I think about whyI love YA literature so much. I think about why I love it apart from the obvious (so many genres within YA, you can read an endless array of extraordinarily diverse stories, from gritty contemporary to romance to far out fantasy or science fiction). I think about this often. Why do I love YA?