Resources

Welcome to the Resources page.
Here you will find SUGGESTED READING which is a list books that I've found fascinating and inevitably life-changing. All offer insight into the nature of reality and how we choose to be in the world. Below that are WRITING NOTES in which I offer food for thought about writing. These are curiosities - my personal opinions with which no one need feel obliged to agree.

SUGGESTED READING

Eben Alexander Proof of Heaven
Colette Baron-Reid Uncharted
Mike Dooley

Infinite Possibilities

Leveraging the Universe

Manifesting Change

Amit Goswami

God is Not Dead

Quantum Creativity

Pam Grout

E-Squared

E-Cubed

Thank and Grow Rich

Amy Herring Essential Astrology
Paul McKenna The 3 Things that will Change Your Destiny Today!
Anita Moorjani What if This is Heaven?
Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Florence Scovel Shinn The Game of Life and How to Play it
Michael Talbot The Holographic Universe

Writing Notes

2017-08 August

What’s your favourite film in the genre? It’s rare that a movie comes out in mainstream cinema, so we all keep a watch online in case something good is released. I don’t have an absolute favourite, although “When Night is Falling” is hard to beat for sheer entertainment. “I Can’t Think Straight” is such good fun, and “Saving Face” has a quiet humour that makes me sit there grinning... ‘conjugating Latin verbs’, anyone? Not to mention it features the very delicious Joan Chen who was sensational in “Wild Side” with Anne Heche... but make sure you see the uncensored version, or it’s incomprehensible! Here in Australia, we’re enjoying another season of “Janet King” on TV. It really is great viewing and so heartening to see a lead-role, multidimensional lesbian character on the small screen.

People helpfully review movies, books and all sorts of things online. I’d like to thank readers who have commented, despite sometimes wildly disparate views. I had someone write that they thought Taite (in Milgrane) was way too harsh on Sabine, whereas another said she really, really liked Taite, and felt she was courageous and strong. Another said she would date Sabine in a heartbeat! The reappearance of Kreyna (from Filigrane) was seen as a definite plus, and the spooky energies theme was intriguing... different... ‘when’s the next one coming out?’

Whatever your thoughts, do write a review on anyone of the many booksellers’ sites. And I make a point of writing back when people write to me here, no problem. Cheers, YLW

2017-07 July

An unexpected audience of straight friends, family and acquaintances has recently emerged – people who have read and enjoyed my books while initially knowing very little about what it’s like to be queer in this world. I’m excited to say it’s been an education on both sides.

Because these stories are far from mainstream, they are not available in any old bookseller’s shop down the road... mores the pity. And there seems to be a dearth of queer bookshops across Australia, particularly in rural communities. The chaps at The Bookshop Darlinghurst in Sydney proudly told me they had encouraged the Sydney City Library to add my books to their stock – thanks, guys!

Not everyone can afford to buy every book they fancy, making libraries an absolute goldmine because any patron can borrow for free. So if you’re living off the beaten track, by all means make purchase suggestions to your public library. A request will get their attention – if you don’t ask, you don’t get! And all the more people will benefit from greater access to stories they can relate to, learn from and share.

2017-05 May

A reader who enjoyed the paranormal element of my novels has asked if I would consider writing a series that more deeply explores that element while putting aside the queer romance theme. After considerable thought, I’m not of a mind to do that.

The issue is one of queer visibility. When I was a teen, few role-models existed in any medium. Love stories in books were difficult to find in bookshops and practically non-existent in libraries. Gay women in film were depicted as perverted, crazy, suicidal or murderous. Unsurprisingly, they often ended up dead. None of that stopped me from seeing those films, simply to have someone to relate to, no matter how flawed. A lesbian vampire movie? Hey, why not.... better than nothing!

Even now, everyday lesbians leading everyday lives appear rarely in mainstream media. And when they do, I get very excited and lap up whatever is on offer. It’s true, I do become resoundingly bored with unrelenting heterosexuality, and thusly delighted when characters like Caroline and Kate turn up in the British TV series, “Last Tango in Halifax.” You could just about hear the global groan when Kate was killed off in season three. Here we were, enjoying two sane and functional women going about their daily lives with perfectly ordinary worries like career and family, as the vast majority of us actually do – so refreshing. And then Kate, a gay woman of colour, tragically dies. Part of me was not surprised. We’ve come a long way in the last forty years, yet not far enough.

I love writing about women loving women, and will continue to do so. Sure, many more queer books are available now.  I hope the genre will continue to grow, improve and develop genuine literary legs that allow it to hike into mainstream media– the more the merrier.

2017-03 March

My second novel, Miligrane: Embracing the Sapphire, was released by Bella Books in Tallahassee, Florida on the 16th of February. How well it will be received, I won’t know until October. Meanwhile, I’m contemplating a third novel, knowing that much as the second is considerably different to the first, the third will be different again. Exactly how, I won’t know until it unfolds in the writing.

Certain themes pop up that can take me by surprise, lead me down dark alleys or out into the open. Some can’t stand the light of day and I tone them down, while others insist on being exposed within the context of two women in love.

It’s a sometimes startling juxtaposition that I wonder if the reader can bear, but I respect her grit and intelligence sufficiently to write it for her anyway. She may or may not relate personally, but often can relate through the people she’s known, or knows of, who have had similar experiences. If something insists that it be said, I’ll write it with respect and commitment, despite my heart being in my mouth.

I saw Adele in concert at Subiaco Oval in Perth this week. She was A-mAZing! Me and 65,000 other people, delighted just to be there to witness her singing stories of love and all its agonies, her honest heart throbbing on her sleeve for all to see. And we could not help but love her for it... for allowing us to relate and feel with her.

All of us together in this time and place; we’re not so very different.

2017-02 February

Writing is a solitary occupation that carries the inherent danger associated with it occurring in a vacuum. That is, a first draft can be thin in some places and positively cyanosed in others. The cure is oxygen in the shape of critical readers, preferably sharp-eyed, light on praise and excruciatingly honest with their comments.

Through pure serendipity, my first editor was Katherine V. Forrest who was an unexpected blessing, even if just the thought of her reading my amateurish manuscript was mega-intimidating. Turns out, she was gracious, kind and forthright. I had to work hard to get the draft up to her standard. More importantly, she took a ‘big picture’ view that encouraged me way beyond anything I had previously contemplated – priceless insight and advice that motivates me still.

I have a handful of ‘beta readers’ – lovingly critical souls who read my work, think about the good, the bad and the ugly of it, and what they think it needs more or less of. Their thoughtful commentary is invaluable. While I may not always agree, I give every point a good airing for I learnt long ago not to be too precious about my words. It’s that ‘try again, fail again, fail better’ approach that pushes me from ‘okay’ to ‘could be better’ to ‘just about right.’

I can’t always oblige my beta readers as I have my own style that lends itself to a certain type of writing, and is less comfortable trying to be something it’s not. In the end we can only strive to be the best expression of ourselves – can’t do better than our best.