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.
Being an author means doing a lot of interesting and exciting things you have never done before. A big one for me in 2019 was being asked to do the opening 20 minute speech for the 2019 Salisbury Writers Festival.
It felt like a particularly big deal, considering how many times I have attended the festival as part of the audience. It is a place where I have learnt so much about being a writer, and to be asked to speak was pretty incredible! :)
I decided to provide a transcription of my speech here, which is about my long and difficult road to publication and the books I loved growing up. I hope you enjoy reading it! :)
Being shortlisted for the Readings 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prizehas just been so amazing! Every time I think about I feel so excited, and to be honest the whole thing has been very unexpected! I feel really proud of it :)
As part of the shortlist, I got the opportunity to write a guest blog post for the Readings blog, WHICH YOU CAN READ HERE, where I talked about some of the themes behind the book and how anime really influenced me when I was writing.