Although I don’t know Fiona Wood, I did meet her briefly in the Queenscliff bookshop a couple of years ago. We’d both taken part in National Bookshop day where the lovely former owner Marylou had invited various local authors along for guest spots…we didn’t meet many fans but we met each other! So often the way at these sorts of things. So I’ve just looked up Fiona’s bio and discovered we have quite a lot in common – both studied screenwriting at RMIT, both studied law (ergh!) and have both tried our hand at freelance journalism.


Fiona Wood

Cloudwish is her third YA novel and I’m looking forward to reading it, partly because it won the CBCA award for best YA last year. But mostly because it features a Vietnamese character and I’m keen to see how she’s incorporated this ‘diversity’ into her fiction while obviously not being Vietnamese. It’s kind of the elephant in the room for writers these days because publishers are so keen on ‘diverse voices’ and yet so many of us are white, middle-aged women. Anyway, I’m curious and that’s always a good thing, right?

But by the by of nothing, I just read a YA novel for book group called The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson which was kind of a grief love-triangle. It was much better than that sounds. I loved it. But I know at least one other book groupie was er, not so keen (yes, I’m outing you Kate Constable) so looking forward to a fiery discussion when we meet again on Tuesday smile


About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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