January 31, 2017
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Sometimes, Life takes on a life of its own…
In the wake of his little sister Evie’s heart failure, Munro Maddux has been stuck. Flashbacks. Chest pains. A constant ache in his right hand. And a voice. Taunting, barking, biting. One his counsellor calls ‘the Coyote’. Munro knows a six month student exchange will not be the stuff of YOLO dreams or Disney movies. But in Australia – the country of Evie’s hopes and aspirations – he intends to move beyond his troubled past.
Enter ‘Fair Go Community Village’: an assisted living residence in Brisbane’s west. Finding the Coyote silenced in Fair Go, Munro takes on the volunteer role of ‘Living Partner’ and gets to know the team of residents in his charge: the dogged designer, Bernie; the sleepy refugee, Shah; the would-be wedded couple, Blake and Dale; the sickly comic creator, Iggy; and the self-defence tutor, Florence. Through a sight-seeing circuit of Brisbane dubbed ‘The Straya Tour’, connections develop, resilience grows and Munro’s notion of big brother begins to take on a new identity.
The burden Munro carries, however, is not so easily cast aside. One of the team decides to leave, affording the Coyote new life. A second resident is taken away, prompting a devastating flashback that threatens to end the student exchange. And when the new occupant of House 4 is shockingly revealed, the spectre of trauma and death looms larger than ever over the future.
Will the Coyote ultimately triumph? Or can Munro find the fortitude necessary to mend his heart?
Exchange of Heart will be published in AUS/NZ July 31, 2017. In CAN/US, the book will be released October 17, 2017 under the title Munro vs. the Coyote.
You can mark it as ‘to-read’ on Goodreads here.
January 26, 2017
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My brand new YA novel is coming out this year. In North America, it’s titled Munro vs. the Coyote and the cover looks a little like the awesomeness above.
Not bad, eh?
Every image within the Coyote’s head speaks to moments, elements and characters in the story.
I can’t wait to see this jacket on the real deal come October.
July 11, 2016
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2015 was, without doubt, the year of Are You Seeing Me?. By November, it had achieved nine big-time recognitions on three continents, including five major prize shortlistings. Then the year ended with a nod in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
Over twelve months, I’d pinched myself so much I took out a self-restraining order.
The ticking over of the calendar to 2016 felt like the end of AYSM‘s dream run, especially with my focus now firmly set on the draft of the follow-up novel, Where You Are Now. The little book with the car and the cracks and the marauding monster on the cover, though, was not yet prepared to shed its sneakers.
In fact, it was saving up a finishing kick of epic proportions.