I am Spirit Writer

As a writer, I have been doing this for so many years that I sometimes think I can communicate better with the written word than the spoken one!
But of course, no one uses a pen or quill these days. I like most other people, prefer to use the keyboard to type everything. Especially using a computer rather than the old fashioned manual typewriter I used to bash the keys with. My poor tired fingers would have to have a rest every now and again to gather some more steam.
Also back then there was this horrible stuff we called Tipex. It came in a black and white plastic bottle and would have to dry before we could overtype our typos and spelling errors, otherwise it would smudge and look terrible on the completed page.
Later came the Tipex paper which was a marvelous invention and enabled us to simply back space to the offending typo, retype the offending typo, and then go back once more to type the correct letter or word. This was so much better as there was no more drying time and the errors looked more professionally corrected.

By the mid 1980’s there care a new breed of typewriters called wordprocessors. Many of them had a one line memory, while some had a whole paragraph or even a page memory so it was easier to make changes, as well as correct typos and other errors. I had two of these electronic daisy wheel wiiz bang machines. One for the office at the shop and the other for my own private study at home. So of course, I wasted no time in typing up all of my poems I had written as a teenager along with some more recent poems. I also began, around this time, to write more short stories, and to commence writing some novels. I am still working on them today.

Finally, the age of computers came within our midst and it was in the late 1980’s that I began being able to use our then, somewhat primitive by today’s standard, though very sophisticated by those standards, Osbourne computer. I typed away and kept everything updated onto floppy diskettes. First came the 5.25″ floppies, then later when we upgraded to an IBM clone we had 3.5″ floppies (which were really mini hard drives, though colour co-ordinated) and finally I just kept everything on a hard drive and backed it up to what became known as memory sticks.

So here we are at the end of 2014 and I am looking forward to the following year of 2015. I am beginning to blog about some of my books here on this site for you to read. If you have any comments, I welcome them, critically or otherwise. You will not see the completed manuscripts here as I will save them for the book publishing. However you will see much of each book – enough to give you an idea of the gist of the story. I hope that it will fill you with a desire to purchase my book(s) to read in their entirety when completed.


What Mischief Makers are thee?

When Dee and Zee arrive, little by little, to turn Jem’s arrival upside down and inside out, it seems that life itself is turned right around.

At first they appear as eyes coming from the ether. Then the nose appears, then the mouth. Jem began to think he was going crazy. Then they began talking in unison which really startled poor Jem. It wasn’t bad enough that he was a little befuddled having just awoken. He also had one of the worst headaches. It felt like his head was pounding from within.

They giggled and zipped here and there in front of him. They looked at each other and spoke in tongues that was unfamiliar to Jem. Of course, he is who he is after all. However his memory wasn’t what it ought to have been at that very moment. What more to do than to have a glass of Ice Cold Raspberry Syrup. It had been one of Jem’s favourite drinks in the old realm. Now he was happy to be able to conjure up three drinks – shaken, not stirred.

In this small cameo of them, we see jem offering his true hospitality.

“He looked at them once more. Walking back over toward them, he opened his left arm and waved as though to let them know all is well. “Sit ye down my two friends.” He waved his right arm toward them and back again. There were two seats for them to sit upon. Jem commanded the seats to be under them as long as they chose to be seated.

“Take the weight off thy shoes” said Jem with a wave, “slippers, drinks, ice? How doth thee take yours, my two good men?” he asked full of hospitality

“Thank ye Sire, that would be very kind of you, Sire” they both said looking up at Jem, not certain what he was intending. Then they both sat down on their comfortable seats which had followed them along the platform.
“Oh Sire, these seats are just lovely and comfortable.”
“Oh yes, indeedy, they are so lovely and comfy”
“Very comfy, indeed”
“They are simply – Heavenly!” They exclaimed together with a very long sigh.

Jem looked at them, not quite certain what to make of these two new fuzzy characters. Now he was looking at them again as though it were they who were quite mad and not him. He was beginning to wonder who, in fact was really mad around here.

“Here thee art, gentlemen. Thy drinks.” he handed them two glass stemmed goblets that had delicious ice-cold raspberry syrup within them.
“Ahh, Sire, this is just what we would have ordered. However did you know that this is just right for us?” They each took a long sip of their drinks, with their eyes closed and then looked up at Jem.
“Gentlemen” Jem said, with a small cough, clearing his throat “am I to understand that thee misunderstood who I am?” he asked in a very firm, yet quiet voice
“Oh No Sire” they wanted to reassure him that all was well. “We know who you are – do you-know-who-we-are?” they were rather stilted when they asked this.

“Thou art both drunken, now aren’t thee? I knew I shouldn’t have added that last drop of scotch in their syrup” He said to himself as he shrugged his shoulders and shook his head from side to side “I just don’t know.Wouldst it be true, thou art unable to hold thy liqueur? Thee should not be drinking.  Did not thy mother tell thee that?” He looked at them both, drinking up and toasting each other with gay abandonment.


Thymeline – Overview


Where else to begin than at the beginning of time itself. In fact, this book really begins before the beginning of time. Set in a part of the Galaxy that has never been explored before. In one quadrant that has been known to have much electrical energy. It is here that Jem and his Angels and band of Ancients come to settle.

In order for Jem to become creator, he must prepare himself, his Angels and Ancients to take on the archetypes that create His new world of Narramine. There is much to do and he has but one main helper to do the behind the scenes work that will help Jem get his project begun. Oephelia is his right hand Angel who works tirelessly for any of Jem’s commands. Then there are the two mischief makers – Dee and Zee who stop at nothing to create major and minor havoc in Jem’s new realm. It befalls to Oephelia to make sure that they behave themselves at all times, even though this seems like a lost cause. in reality, Dee and Zee are two of Jem’s most avid supporters

After the time of Jem’s awakening, most of the others begin to awaken as well. Jem is excited by this and calls Oephelia to organise a welcoming party for the gathering. It all starts well until another unexpected guest arrives.

What will become of this unexpected and unplanned Angel? Not only has he disrupted the gathering, he has thrown the numbers into chaos and become the thirteenth Angel. Such a bad number when all had been so meticulously planned for this auspicious occasion.

I invite you to come and read more exerts of this book, the first in the Thymeline series to see how it grows. I have it all planned, like Jem had everything planned. Down to the last word of the book. Let’s see what takes place with Jem and his Narramine. Follow him as he creates, and is tormented by an unexpected turn of events that show him as a vengeful and forthright God in his new realm.

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2016 Tamar Valley Writer’s Festival

Are you a short story writer, getting into writing, or just love to tell people a story. The beautiful Tamar Valley has a Writer’s Festival each year that began in 2014 in the township of Beaconsfield.  March is one of the best times to visit Tasmania, as I have done over many  years. The weather seems so perfect, no matter where you are. So if you are in the mood for sharing some of your work, why not enter this competition today.

The Tamar Valley Writers Festival has a short story competition celebrating creative writing across the ages. The competition has three categories for Adult, eighteen and under, and the Tamar Valley Schools in the competition.  The entry fee for adult writers aged 18 and above is $10. Entry is free for writers under 18 years of age.

 The entry form can be downloaded from this site.

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Orion Enterprises Publishing Competition


Competition will run from the 20th October 2015, until the 20th January 2016.
Winner will be announced on the 20th February 2016
Entry fee $10 AU

Write an original short story, no longer than 30,000 words.
Your choice of topic and genre. *conditions apply*
Submissions to be in PDF format

Send your submission to:

Subject line- short story competition
Message text – name of your short story, Author name, word count
Payment made to: paypal or direct deposit available for Australian citizens

( see bottom of page for details)

Winner will receive:
ebook and print formatting of their story
Cover design for their story
1 print version of their story,
(Soft cover 5 x 8 size)
6 months promotion on the Orion Enterprises Publishing website and Facebook
Winners certificate

2nd place will receive:
ebook formatting of their story
Cover design for their story
1 month promotion on the Orion Enterprises Publishing website
Runner up certificate

3rd place will receive:
Ebook formatting of their story
3rd place certificate.

*Terms and Conditions* please read carefully

1. Your short story must be an original unpublished work by you.
2. No fan fiction
3. Short story must be edited
4. No rape or beastiality
5. All submissions to be in PDF format. Times New Roman, 12 point, single line spacing
6. No communication will be entered into with contestants while competition is running
7. All winners final
8. All prizes final

Competition run by Orion Enterprises Publishing

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Competition Time!!!

Attention All Authors

The Easychair Bookshop Website is now accepting entries for the 2016 Competition.

At this time the following is required:

Name of Book
Name of Author/s
Category Entered

Books can be entered in more than one category and several books by the same author may be entered into one category.


Winners from 2015 are ineligible to enter.

Entries Close on December 31  2015

Finalists will be announced on March 31  2016

Winners will be announced on 1 July  2016


Only books posted on the Easychair Website by 31 December 2015 may be entered.

Round One will require the first 3 chapters or 60 pages only in PDF format.

Round Two will require the complete manuscript in PDF format.

All books entered are to have all traces of title, author name and other identifying marks removed and are to be Copyright watermarked. If you are unable to do this, I can do on your behalf so please advise.

Books will be judged on the following:

  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Continuity
  • Editing

Judges decisions are final. No Judge will have a book entered in the category they are judging.

I will co-ordinate the competiton only. I will not have a book entered and I will not participate in judging.



Medallion, ECertificate and EBadge
Full page in the front of the Easychair Website plus a blog post at one of my blogs

Runners-Up – 5th Place: 

ECertificate and EBadge
Joint page in front of Easychair Website for 1 year.


As many of you know, I lost my beloved father in May this year. He was an avid Western fan and it was because of him, I developed my love of all things Western – Cowboys, Indians, Sheriffs, Outlaws etc.

He was my most devoted and loyal fan and to honor his memory, a special trophy to the Western category winner from 2016 onwards, will be given.

  • Romance
  • Western Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Historical Romance
  • Crime/Mystery
  • Paranormal/Sci Fi
  • Novella
  • Childrens
  • Young Adult
  • Humor
  • GLBT
  • Menage
  • Erotic Romance
  • Over 18 Novella

Email Entries to: horsnells@yahoo.com.au

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An Interview with Emily Chantiri

Emily’s Bio

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background? About You as a Writer

Emily Chantiri is a Sydney journalist and author of five books including three best sellers.   She has interviewed many international and Australian successful identities, including Andrew Forrest, Napoleon Perdis, Simmone Logue and Geoff Huegill. Emily spent five years as reporter at Fairfax media working the Australian Financial Review and BRW. Today she is a contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and a number of magazines, including Marie Claire and Good Health Magazine and The News Daily.

Emily writes articles with a particular focus on work, money, finance, health and life balance. She also writes on travel, property and general business. She has appeared on numerous radio programs and on air in shows such as, A Current Affair, Channel 7 Sunrise morning show and has featured as a panel.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?To continue writing always.
  2. How long have you been writing? For more than twenty five years.
  3. Which writers inspire you? There are too many to list. Writers of fiction inspire me by taking me to places where I would not normally go. Non-fiction writers inspire me when I learn something new or profound from their expertise.
  4. What is the easiest thing about writing? Anyone in the world can write. No matter where they come from, how old they are or what their belief.
  5. How long on average does it take you to write a book? I have published 5 books, 2 of them have been co-authored. On average, it takes a year. I write in between my journalism and freelance writing work.
  6. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? Generally no, though it is a fear I have. When I am ready to write a book, I do find the words come, but not without some challenges. The biggest block for me is that I write everyday and for a living; this does lead to fatigue. The best thing I find is to take a short break or time out from writing.
  7. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors. Yes, I tend to go through genres and I do not have a favourite author. There are too many good books.
  8. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books? Easy, traditional.
  9. What & whose book/s are you reading at present? Second Life by
  10. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? I always use a professional proofreader or when publishing via a publisher, they have their own.
  11. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit? At times I have had time away, although only a few weeks. Most times I am on a deadline to deliver a book, so I always work towards that deadline.
  12. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? From a very young age, I knew I wanted to write. There were no writers or creative people in my family, this made it difficult to pursue a career as a writer. But, luck was on my side when I started working for an advertising agency, where I learned the ropes as a copywriter. The rest is history. I’ve written and continue to write for great publications such as, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Marie Claire Magazine, ABC Life etc, BRW magazine and many more.
  13. Why do you write? It is innate. I do not know what else I’d do.
  14. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I’m currently working part-time. I prefer to write in the earlier part of the day until lunch.
  15. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? How successful are you at achieving that goal? When I am working on a book, yes I do. It’s important to set goals. If you have a publisher, then you need to have goals to reach your deadlines.
  16. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away? Computer.
  17. Where do your ideas come from? Mainly from being around people and reading.
  18. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I believe I am getting better all the time. There is still a lot more room for improvement. This is what I love about writing; you are never done! There is always something to write about and to stretch your writing techniques. I’ve been fortunate to write across different areas, non-fiction, journalism and a memoir. This mean I challenge myself to adapt to that style of writing.
  19. What is the hardest thing about writing? Sometimes it is a lack of motivation and inspiration. When I’m on a roll, it’s great and the words come through.
  20.  What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? I’m about to embark on the next in series of a book I wrote some years back called, The Savvy Girl’s Money Book. My book was published by Murdoch books and it became a best-seller. Murdoch books has been taken over by Allen and Unwin, this means introducing myself to a new team and new people who were not part of Savvy Girl’s Money book.
  21. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?  Thankfully, most of publicity has been done by my publishers. One book I wrote, The Voice of Intuition which I self-published, I was able to get a few articles/reviews in some magazines.
  22. Would you or do you use a PR agency? A PR agency could really add value, but they are incredibly expensive. I’d need a guarantee that I can get the money which I invested in PR firm back in book sales.
  23. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? If you want your book to be a success – you need to put as much time in marketing as you do in writing
  24. How do you relax? I start my mornings with a walk and coffee and most mornings I will also do a short meditation before work.
  25.  What is your favourite motivational phrase. Just do it
  26. What is your favourite quote? Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Meher Baba
  27. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time? In terms of writing, hopefully having another 2 books published.


About Your Books

  1.  What genre are your books? Women and Money. Although I have authored one book on Intuition
  2. What draws you to this genre? Women haven’t always been very savvy when it comes to money (this includes myself) I started exploring ways to help women and in turn I helped myself.
  3.  How much research do you do? Plenty. I do as much research as I do writing.
  4.  Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers? If so, with whom? Yes, the first book, The Money Club was co-authored. I had the idea for the book. It became a best-seller. It’s a book I am very proud of.
  5. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around. I have had four books published through the main publishers, Random House, Wiley Books and Murdoch books. Publishers do earn their keep. They take care of the distribution, publicity, design etc. I’ve only self-published one book, The Voice of Intuition. While I was able to get publicity and distribution, it was a lot of work. Today, my preference is for a publisher to publish my books.
  6. What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? I send a press release to the direct person. It’s important to do homework and get the right emails. I find it’s important to send a lot of press-releases if you want to get a review.
  7. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Thankfully, most of the reviews have been very positive.
  8. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you? I’m still yet to really understand if social media works.
  9. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? My publishers have always sent the press release to the relevant media. However, I did write one for the The Voice of Intuition.
  10. Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch? No.
  11. Do you think that giving books away free works and why? I tried this with the Voice of Intuition. I can’t say I saw any benefit in giving books away for free. I do believe you have to send free books to media/social media representatives if you want to get a review.
  12. What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Never lose site of your dream and why you’re writing the book.


About Your Current Book

  1. What are you working on at the minute? Another in the series of the Savvy Girl’s Money Book.
  2. How are you publishing this book and why? The Savvy Girl’s Money Book was originally published by Murdoch Books. Since that time, Murdoch books have been taken over by Allen and Unwin. I trust that Allen and Unwin will consider my next book proposal in the Savvy series. (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
  3. How can readers discover more about you and you work?  www.emilychantiri.com

Please list all of your published books here.

Book Title:

  • The Money Club,
  • Financially Fit for Life,
  • The Savvy Girl’s Money Book,
  • Every Day is Mother’s Day
  • The Voice of Intuition.

Some examples of Emily’s work:

Graziarich list (2)     Declutter-WellBeing

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.


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