You’re in for a real treat in this week’s episode, which guest stars debut author, Katie Rowney, a recovering journalist and current communications wizard. Her first novel, Front Page News, was recently published by Penguin Random House. Katie grew up in a treehouse on a tiny mountain-top town and only made it as far as the big smoke of Brisbane city before settling down with her husband Magnus, two dogs and two cats. She reads a minimum of three books a week, has an unhealthy obsession with David Bowie and tries to live her life as Indiana Jones would.
Loosely based on her time as a rural journalist in a country town, Front Page News tells the story of cadet journalist, Stacey McCallaghan, who arrives in the fictional town of Toomey. Struggling to find anything newsworthy to report on, Stacey spends more time laying out the crossword than covering actual news. That is, until the first dead body turns up.
During our chat, I find out all about Katie’s path to publication, which may inspire many of you out there who may be considering submitting directly to publishers. Tune in to find out how Katie’s unsolicited novel went from the slush pile to securing a book contract and what tips she has for making your own manuscript stand out from the rest.
Also this week, Vanessa and I discuss her recent blog post, in which she shares the first thing she did after being offered her book deal. It’s a heartwarming story and one that I recommend checking out for an instant uplifting read. I know it left me cooing “naww!”
You can find Katie’s book, Front Page News here.
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