Terrified In Booktopia

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Booktopia, the one-stop, online shop for everything “book” and one of Australia’s fastest growing companies, is famed for the “Ten Terrifying Questions” they put to selected authors.  Among their more celebrated victims are such literary luminaries as Alex Miller, Jackie Collins, John Birmingham and Karin Slaughter.  Recently, I had the pleasure of joining this celebrated list.  Here’s a sample:

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

Well,  I’m pretty crap at every artistic avenue with the exception of the written word.  Actually, I’ll qualify that – I’m a prodigious karaoke performer.  Unfortunately, the medium is not so much about you telling stories but rather others telling stories about you.

The other nine are just as entertaining

Many thanks to Booktopia Editor-in-Chief, Toni Whitmont, for this grand opportunity…

Some Good Lovin’

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Australian Bookseller & Publisher mag, in their July issue, have posted a five-star rating and review of Kindling.  Here’s a sample of the good lovin’:

“Darren Groth has been around for a while as an author but it has been hard to track down his books. This is a shame because his latest novel, Kindling, is an absolute stunner.

Groth’s strength is his ability to switch seamlessly between father and son, with each character voice coming across as authentic and utterly truthful…He has a superb sense of pace and timing.

This is a book you could put into the hands of anyone over the age of 15.  But I think the publishers have missed an opportunity with this one. They should be selling it with a free box of tissues.”

The July issue of AB&P is available at newsagents and via subscription.  An online version of the July issue will be available next month on the AB&P website.  Kindling, of course, hits the shelves July 1.

Byron Bay Days

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The Byron Bay Writers Festival (August 5-8) program has officially been released and, for anyone keen on literary love-ins, I am participating in four sessions:

“Suburban Mayhem: Characters on the Edge” (Senior Secondary Students)
Thursday, August 5
Macquarie Marquee

“From Manuscript to Market: Getting My Book on the Shelf”
Friday, August 6
SCU Marquee

Friday, August 6

“Keeping It Real versus Going Too Far: Writing Young Adult Fiction”
Sunday, August 8
ABC3 Marquee

The big one, of course, is the Kindling launch Friday eve.  For my Aussie pals, would love to see a whole mob of you there.  For my Canuck friends, I’ll pay for your copy if you make it Down Under.

For a full gander at the BBWF program, click here.