I love research! I was delighted that Mary Anne Yarde asked me to tell the story of how I reached across the internet to various historians for assistance – it ended in my characters voicing an audio-visual exhibition in a museum outside Rome where my saga was set! Read ‘Research and reaching across the ether’ here.
Absolutely delighted that Call to Juno has won a first place in the Ancient Fiction category in the Chanticleer Reviews Chaucer Award. Lovely that an Aussie can gain a prize over in America.
A new experience for me. I was interviewed on Youtube by the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts to talk about my journey, my books, and my advice to aspiring authors. I hope you enjoy it. Many thanks to Phil Jang for organising it.
Inspiration and obsession are two concepts that all writers keenly understand. The inspiration for my Tales of Ancient Rome saga led me to a distant civilization in Tuscany and Lazio, and on a publishing journey from Australia to America. That odyssey lasted 16 years. I’m delighted to have told the story of how my love of art inspired the Tales… read more
Very excited to say Call to Juno has been shortlisted for the 2017 Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Award. Cross fingers for me. The Golden Dice was a first category winner in 2014 so I’m hopeful history will repeat itself!
I had a wonderful time giving the keynote speech at the Society of Women Writers’ NSW luncheon this week at the Mitchell Library. The topic was ‘Art, Inspiration and Historical Fiction: A Tuscan Odyssey’. I always LOVE talking about the Etruscans! And I enjoyed meeting participants in my workshop ‘The Telling Detail: Transforming Research into Imagery.’
Sophie Masson was kind enough to interview me on her blog about the upcoming 2017 HNSAustralasia Conference in Melbourne. I’ve really enjoyed being the programme director!
I was delighted to receive this lovely review of Call to Juno from Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree. ‘It is refreshing to read of Roman times from a distinctly feminine perspective, one that captures the intimacy of motherhood and domesticity as much as it does the political horrors of war. Storrs maintains narrative control throughout, displaying that necessary… read more
Gillian Polack was kind enough to interview me on History Girls blog about my role as programme director for the Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference which is being held on 8-10 September 2017 in Melbourne. Over 60 speakers, 20 panels, 10 workshops and an academic programme. Not to mention a short story contest with a prize of $500!
I was delighted to be interviewed on the Historical Novel Society Australasia blog. I can’t wait until the HNSA 2017 Conference on 8-10 September. Read about a few of my favourite things here.