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Australian Book Lovers

Australian Book Lovers is on a mission is to bring fabulous Australian and Indigenous literature from all genres to book lovers around the globe, as well as fantastic resources and information for passionate authors looking to write their next bestseller. Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more!

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Author Helen Edwards
Veronica & Laurie are nerding out on words in episode #108. We have an inspirational and educational interview with the amazing middle grade author of The Rebels of Mount Buffalo, Dr Helen Edwards. Plus industry news, Book Spotlights, and tips for growing readers from Australia Reads. Veronica reviews YA dystopian fantasy, 'Sky on Fire' by Jesse Greyson.Book spotlights:A kids book about ADHD! by Elly Both – non-fictionCatch the Wind by Bruce Lowery – memoirThe Changing Room by Belinda Cranston – contemporary adventureAke’s Ascent: Book 2 in The Stars Fallen Series by Nadine Abrahams - fantasyIntro - 00:25Industry news - 07:11Book spotlights - 18:27Author Interview - 33:39Post interview chat - 1:26:25Quotes - 1:33:57Book Review - 1:38:40Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
100:48 5/13/24
Writer's Room with Rachel Matthews & Michael Fitzgerald
Veronica and Laurie are in the Writer's Room for episode 107! We chat with fabulous Australian authors Rachel Matthews and Michael Fitzgerald about their latest works, the themes within their stories, how they explore literary relationships, the absurdity and colour of real life, older women protagonists, and growing old gracefully - or not so gracefully. Plus some practical facts on when and where and how they write. Both authors generously share their story inspirations and invaluable advice for new authors.Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
58:29 5/5/24
Author Eugen Bacon
Veronica and Laurie are in their element in Episode #106 talking all things words and writing. Veronica chats with the wonderful and inspiring Eugen Bacon about her writing and her life. We  have industry news, book spotlights, and quotes. We review Blood Fever written by Laurie Bell and a whole lot more.Book spotlights:The Unexpected Heiress by George Mallory - contemporary family sagaThe Godfather of Dance: A Jade Riley Mystery by Andrea Barton - mysteryTo the River by Vikki Wakefield - psychological thrillerThe White Cockatoo Flowers by Ouyang Yu - contemporaryIntro - 00:27Industry news - 04:07Book spotlights - 16:47Author Interview - 35:18Post interview chat - 1:21:09Quotes - 1:26:13Book Review - 1:30:48Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
93:09 4/27/24
Author Simon Higgins
Veronica and Laurie Bell are together again for Australian Book Lovers podcast episode 105.  Darren Kasenkow is back briefly and shares his second last interview with the brilliant and prolific Australian author Simon Higgins. Plus we chat Friday Fictioneers with Laurie, laugh at the inconsistencies of the English language, and share some fabulous quotes! And yes, we have some video. Our YouTube channel is waiting for you.Intro - 00:27Author Interview - 00:13:42Post chat and quotes - 01:54:10Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
122:30 4/25/24
Author Catherine Jinks
Veronica is joined by Laurie Bell for Australian Book Lovers podcast episode 104. We have an amazingly generous and educational interview with renowned Australian author Catherine Jinks. And of course we have book spotlights, industry news, made up words and a book review by Naomi Shippen of The Girl She Was Before by Jess Kitching + a whole lot more! Including, for the first time with video! Check out our YouTube channel.Book spotlights:The World Settlers by Callan J Mulligan - science fictionMurder at the Narcissus Gardening Club by Kirsten Hunter - mystery thrillerNameless by Amanda Creely - contemporary fantasyThe Rewilding by Donna M Cameron - contemporaryIntro - 00:29Book Spotlights - 10:08News - 23:43Author Interview - 41:54Post chat and quotes - 1:35:07Book Review - 1:46:35Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
109:59 4/16/24
Author Alison Booth
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for episode 103, featuring an inspiring and heartfelt interview with author Alison Booth. We have industry news, helpful tips for writers and the Reader's Café featuring book spotlights, chats about panexperiential philosophy, standing in freezers for too long, how to tell if someone's anxious, a book review of Memories Don't Lie by Pauline Yates and a whole lot more!Intro chat - 00:22News - 16:05Reader's Café - 25:13Author Interview - 42:33Quotes - 1:35:44Book Review - 1:41:44Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
103:24 2/12/24
Author Michael Buxton
It's time to hit the groovy sixties, and that means episode 102 is here! We have a soul searching interview with author Michael Buxton who discusses the magic hidden within his novel 1964! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for some Australian trivia, words that are the same but different, chats about digital coffee cups, industry news, Reader's Café and lots of book spotlights. We have a cameo from the delightful romance author, Sandy Barker plus a whole lot more...Author cameo: 00:00Intro - 00:58News - 27:38Reader's Café - 37:36Author Interview - 58:55Quotes - 2:11:34Book Review - 2:18:03Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
140:15 1/28/24
Authors Ned and Shane Heaton
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a jam packed episode featuring an interview with authors Ned and Shane Heaton, who reveal insights into their mission to reduce plastic across the globe and disrupt the toothbrush industry! There's a cameo from author Damien Linnane, industry news, book spotlights, chats about trivia, wild strawberries, new words, all sorts of sci-fi, and prison terms for Freddo Frog theft. We review The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards and Radcliffe: a novella by Madeleine D'Este, plus a whole lot more.Author cameo: 00:00Intro - 00:58News - 31:35Reader's Café - 38:55Author Interview - 49.21Interview Discussion - 1:51:21Book Reviews - 2:00:27Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
124:34 1/17/24
We made it to 100!
Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they celebrate reaching 100 episodes and chat about what's made the journey so special, so far, and what's going to make the journey ahead even more so. It's completely unscripted, off the cuff and proof that the silly season is never without victims... Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to all our listeners, all our guests and their brilliant stories, and all our readers supporting Aussie writers.Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
69:05 1/12/24
Author David Cohen
Dive into episode 99 with hosts Veronica and Darren for a thought provoking and thrilling interview with author David Cohen. We have a Reader's Cafe featuring a whole bunch of book spotlights, an author cameo by Simon Higgins, industry news, chats about the fragility of a normal day, magic mushrooms, a review by Hayley Walsh of Sandy Barker's One Summer in Santorini, and a whole lot more!Author cameo: 00:00Intro - 00:39News - 19:38Reader's Café - 26:28Author Interview - 42:50Interview Discussion - 1:26:48Book Review - 1:41:42Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
104:26 11/23/23
AI special with Danielle Clode
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a Writer's Lounge chat with Danielle Clode from the Australian Society of Authors! Danielle gives us an amazing insight into how AI has been trained, how authors can find out if their work has been used, and the legal landscape as we step into the future...Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
52:23 11/17/23
A Quick Update For Our Astronomically Amazing Listeners!
Just a quick message regarding our temporary pause in podcast productions. Don't worry though, we're back in a jiffy!Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
01:34 11/10/23
Writer's Lounge with Phil Hore Part 2
Never let a technical glitch get in the way of a fun horror chat! Join Darren and author Phil Hore as they continue their gushings of all things 70s and 80s, the many good reasons why you should never ask for permission, and how dinosaur research can lead to amazing international connections...Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
77:55 11/10/23
Writer's Lounge with Phil Hore Part 1
Darren sits down with author Phil Hore for a laid back chat about John Carpenter's 'The Thing', video stores, horror art, pop culture, and a whole lot more in part one of a two part Writer's Lounge special!Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
109:39 10/11/23
Author Myke Mollard
Strap yourself in and tap on your helmet three times to make sure it's secure, because in this episode's interview guest Myke Mollard brings enough energy to power a new planet! Veronica and Darren chat about new words, made up words, quotes, industry news, giveaways and the Reader's Cafe book spotlights, as well as discussions about the wonders of the universe right in our backyards...Author cameo: 00:00Intro - 01:53News - 18:47Reader's Café - 23:51Author Interview - 39:20Interview Discussion - 2:07:35Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
139:30 9/17/23
Author Dr. Jessica Revill for Suicide Prevention Day
Join us for this honest and informative episode featuring an interview with author Dr. Jessica Revill, who shares with host Darren the heartbreaking motivation behind her book Find Him Among The Living. This special episode includes three exclusive readings by the author following her interview, as well as an emotional tribute to her son Gregory. Australian Book Lovers hopes you find this episode as brave and important as we did.If the conversation  brings up any issues for you, please reach out to family, friends or one of the free services.Lifeline 13 1114    SMS 0477 13 11 14Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636    TTY 1800 555 677 (ask for 1300 22 4636)SuicideLine Victoria 1300 651 251Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
78:10 8/31/23
Author Zena Shapter
Join Veronica and Darren for another super fun episode as we give a shoutout for our first podcast subscribers Laurie Bell and Averil Drummond.  We chat about the complexities of being human, the power of books to guide us through the unknown, industry news and why 1970s photos are scary. Stay tuned for an awesomely spellbinding interview with author Zena Shapter and the Reader's Café with new book spotlights. In our Writer's Lounge we catch up with Madeleine D'Este, plus an author reading by Zena Shapter and a whole lot more...Subscriber Shoutout - 00:15:28Intro - 00:37News - 17:25Reader's Café - 27:27Author Interview - 45:22Interview Discussion - 1:32:20Writer's Lounge - 1:42:01Author reading - 2:17:20Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
140:30 8/22/23
Wilderness Aus Awards Special Part Four
And now it's time for the judges! In part four of our Wilderness Awards specials, Veronica and Darren chat with Sami Bayly and Leanne Mulgo Watson, who form part of the impressive judging panel for this year's Australian Wilderness Society's Karajia & Environment Awards for Children's Literature. A huge thank you to all the authors, illustrators and judges who brought such amazing energy to the shows!Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
52:15 8/15/23
Author Jacinta Dietrich
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a packed to the rafters episode featuring a soul inspiring interview and reading with author Jacinta Dietrich. We discuss the power of books to guide and shape us, strange animal hybrids, book spotlights, industry news, Reader's Café, Writer's Lounge. Lachlan and Jacinta from Differently Brained podcast drop in for a quick cameo and bookstagrammer Kat Powers shares her thoughts on Naomi Shippen's debut novel, Far From Harm. Plus a whole lot more! Intro - 00:22News - 18:07Reader's Café - 28:26Author Interview - 38:24Author reading - 1:40:07Differently Brained podcast cameo - 1:42:30Interview Discussion - 1:43:03Writer's Lounge - 1:51:21Book review - 2:11:44Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
139:44 8/3/23
Wilderness Aus Awards Special Part Three
Time to join hosts Veronica and Darren for our super fun third special for the Wilderness Society Australia Karajia & Environment Awards for Children's Literature. We have an amazing chat with shortlisted artists Jaclyn Crupi, Nicole Godwin, Ned & Shane Heaton, Milly Formby, Tannya Harricks and Myke Mollard! So sit back, relax, and enjoy a world of inspiration...Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
60:41 8/1/23
Author Naomi Shippen
Evil in plain sight... parachute pants... philosophical musings around the proverbial mask we all wear... Episode 89 is here! Veronica and Darren have a super thrilling interview with author Naomi Shippen, industry news and book spotlights in the Reader's Café. In the Writer's Lounge, we catch up with one of our favourite authors and our very first podcast episode  interviewee, special guest Gary Lonesborough. We have an exclusive author reading, a book review and a whole lot more...Intro - 00:23News - 22:07Reader's Café - 35:22Author Interview - 49:15Interview Discussion - 1:21:14Writer's Lounge - 2:05:12Author reading - 1:59:35Book review - 2:03:05Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
125:12 7/25/23
Wilderness Aus Awards Special Part Two
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for another superstar filled chat. We have the amazing Wilderness Society Karajia & Environment Awards for Children's Literature short listed artists Coral Vass, Rohan Cleave, Julian Teh and Jess McGeachin! Hit play to enjoy super exciting insights and a whole heap of inspiration...Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
53:46 7/18/23
Author Dr. Toula Gordillo
Worlds within words within worlds... Welcome to episode 87 featuring an electrifying and inspirational interview with author Dr. Toula Gordillo who discusses her new book Shadows Of Sylvaheim! There's also industry news and book spotlights, the Reader's Café and Writer's Lounge with guest Conchita GarSantiago We chat about archetypes and shadow work, tropical storms, gigantic sharks and a whole lot more...Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more!Intro - 00:23News - 17:11Reader's Café - 29:50Author Interview - 42:07Interview Discussion - 1:59:36Writer's Lounge - 2:15:44Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
154:13 7/18/23
Wilderness Aus Awards Special Part One
Join hosts Veronica and Darren for the first of four Wilderness Society Australia Awards specials featuring shortlisted authors, illustrators and judges for the Wilderness Society 2023 Karajia and Environment Awards for Children's Literature. In this episode we chat with the amazing Sandra Steffenson, Jackie Kerrin and Isaiah Firebrace!Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more.Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
72:15 7/9/23
Author Pauline Yates
Episode 85 is here and it's bursting at the seams! Veronica and Darren have a super spectacular interview with the amazing sci fi author Pauline Yates, chats about fear, the benefits of reading horror, echidnas and bathtubs, industry news, new words Reader's Café with book spotlights and the Writer's Lounge with Jess Kitching. Plus blog tips with K.M. Allan, an exclusive author reading and a whole lot more...Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more.Intro - 00:21News - 18:23Reader's Café - 31:40Author Interview - 45:47Interview Discussion - 1:51:20Writer's Lounge - 2:06:23Blog tip - 2:30:39Author Reading - 2:34:38Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
171:50 7/3/23
Author Jess Kitching
In the midst of Antarctic kisses for Australia episode 84 has arrived... Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a dive into latest release books, industry news and events and a discussion about stopping traffic for silly reasons. We have an amazing interview with superstar author and globetrotter Jess Kitching who prompts our chat on the psychology of revenge! There's also the Reader's Café with our book spotlights, the Writer's Lounge with the magnificent Laurie Bell, and a whole lot more...Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more.Intro - 00:21News - 21:07Reader's Café - 31:56Author Interview - 43:01Interview Discussion - 1:20:00Writer's Lounge - 1:31:28Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
118:24 6/23/23
Author Danielle Corrie
Welcome to episode 83! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for another filled to the brim episode featuring a super fun and awesome interview with author Danielle Corrie who discusses her book Teida's Story. We have industry news, the Reader's Café with book spotlights, chats about reflections, perspectives and the looming wave of A.I., a blog tip with K.M. Allan, book reviews, and a whole lot more...Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more.Intro - 00:21News - 18:01Reader's Café - 26:45Author Interview - 41:59Interview Discussion - 1:27:35Writer's Blog Tips with K.M. Allan - 1:42:04Book Review - 1:48:35Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
110:26 6/10/23
AI intro...
The world changed in the blink of an eye. A computer can now chat with you. Join us for the start of an ongoing dive into what AI means for artists, and how we can define ourselves as important in the crazy cybernetic future!Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
23:31 6/7/23
Author Dinuka McKenzie
It's episode 81 and nothing succeeds like excess! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a monster episode featuring a soul inspiring interview with author Dinuka McKenzie, industry news and festivals, book releases and discussions about Australia in the year 1981, Reader's Café, Writer's Lounge, some technical glitches, and a whole lot more!!!Reading from Taken by Dinuka McKenzie - 0:00Intro - 02:21News - 19:14Reader's Café - 35:35Author Interview - 50:44Interview Discussion - 1:44:55Writer's Lounge - 1:55:40Book Review - 2:11:59Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
131:59 5/18/23
Author Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Episode 80 is here! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a packed to the rafters episode featuring a thrilling and insightful interview with author Ashley Kalagian Blunt. We have industry news, book spotlights in the Reader's Café, chats about strange cat food and renaming pandas. Plus a super special guest, teacher librarian, Bec Taylor, joins the Writer's Lounge all the way from China. To finish off we have brilliant blog tips from the fabulous K.M. Allan, a wonderful reading from Dark Mode by Ashley Kalagian Blunt,  and a review of S. S. Turner's The Connection Game by David. Visit www.australianbooklovers.com to learn more.Intro - 00:00News - 14:08Reader's Cafe - 25:10Author Interview - 32:54Interview Discussion - 1:20:00Writer's Lounge - 1:32:10K.M. Allan Blog Tip - 1:54:00Author Reading from Dark Mode - 2:02:38Book Review - 2:05:56Support the Show.Thanks for listening.Visit australianbooklovers.com to learn more.
130:54 4/25/23