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Episode 106

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 saga
The Godfather of Dance: A Jade Riley Mystery by Andrea Barton - mystery
To the River by Vikki Wakefield - psychological thriller
The White Cockatoo Flowers by Ouyang Yu - contemporary

Intro - 00:27
Industry news - 04:07
Book spotlights - 16:47
Author Interview - 35:18
Post interview chat - 1:21:09
Quotes - 1:26:13
Book Review - 1:30:48

Thanks for listening

Episode 105

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.
Thanks for listening

Episode 104

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 fiction
Murder at the Narcissus Gardening Club by Kirsten Hunter - mystery thriller
Nameless by Amanda Creely - contemporary fantasy
The Rewilding by Donna M Cameron - contemporary
Thanks for listening

Episode 103

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!
Thanks for listening.

Episode 102

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...

Episode 101

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.

Episode 100

We Made It!

Episode 99

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!

Episode 98

A.I. 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...

Episode 97

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...

Episode 96

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!

Episode 95

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! There's also industry news and the Reader's Cafe book spotlights with hosts Veronica and Darren, as well as discussions about the wonders of the universe right in our backyards...

Episode 94

Author Dr. Jessica Revill

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.

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Episode 93

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 1970's 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...

Episode 92

Wilderness 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!

Episode 91

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!
www.papercutscomicsfestival.com

Episode 90

Wilderness 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...

Episode 89

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...
www.newc.org.au/thunderbolt-prize-for-crime-writing.html
www.woorilla.org.au/
www.ihraf.org/creators-of-justice-literary-awards

Episode 88

Wilderness 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...

https://www.wilderness.org.au/environment-award-for-childrens-literature

Episode 87

Author Dr. Toula L. 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...

https://www.drtoulagordillo.com/
www.publishers.asn.au
www.penguin.com.au

Episode 86

Wilderness 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!

https://www.wilderness.org.au/environment-award-for-childrens-literature

Episode 85

Author Pauline Yates

Episode 85 is here and it's bursting at the seams! There's 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...

Episode 84

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...

Episode 83

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...

Episode 82

A.I. Mini Episode

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!

Episode 81

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!!!

Episode 80

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.

Episode 79

Author Magdalena Ball

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for episode 79 featuring a marvelously breathtaking interview with the wonderful Magdalena Ball, who discusses her latest release, Bobish! There's also industry news, the Reader's Cafe with new book spotlights, chats about yellow milk and the majesty and magic of poetry. In the Writer's Lounge, we were super lucky to be joined by author Kate Foster who tells us about her brand new Author Pen Pal program bringing authors and children together all across Australia... and a whole lot more!

Episode 78

Author Ben Hobson

78 is here! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a super packed episode featuring discussion about whales and terrorists, the magic of possibly secret themes that can be discovered by both the reader and the writer, rugby and hugs and the honesty that can't be avoided while writing. Darren has the honour of interviewing the awesome and unstoppable author Ben Hobson. There's a stack of spotlights in the Reader's Cafe and special guests in the Writer's Lounge are Austin P Sheehan from Deadset Press and E.J. Dawson. So, sit back, make sure there's a book near by, and enjoy the show...

Episode 77

Author Kay Kerr

Episode 77 is here and that means another packed to the rafters adventure! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a thought provoking and heart warming interview with superstar author Kay Kerr. We have discussions about letting go to create, and industry news and events. Step into the Reader's Cafe to hear what Veronica's been reading, a book review by Darren, and an excellent and fun catch up with author S.S. Turner in our Writer's Lounge, as well as another brilliant blog tip from K.M. Allan!

Episode 76

Author Joshua Hall

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a giant episode featuring a soul inspiring interview with author Joshua Hall, discussions about Turkish coffee, creating our own gods and how literary gods can teach us about ourselves, industry news, our Reader's Café featuring an audio short production by host Darren Kasenkow, an awesome sci-fi guest, Callan J Mulligan is in our Writer's Lounge. K.M. Allan gives us another useful blog tip, plus a whole lot more...

Episode 75

Author Conchita GarSantiago

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a packed episode 75 featuring an astounding interview with author Conchita GarSantiago. We have chats, industry news, Reader's Cafe featuring a some amazing book spotlights, and our Writer's Lounge has super special guest, K.M. Allan with a brilliant blog tip, and a heartfelt reading from Conchita GarSantiago's novel 'A Cry From Home'. Plus a whole lot more...

Episode 74

Author Michelle Tom

It's 2023 and we're back! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for episode 74 featuring a powerful and heartfelt interview with author Michelle Tom, discussions around drop bears, using mother nature as a character and why powerful words are sometimes needed. Plus, we have industry news, our Reader's Café featuring book spotlights, special guest author Kevin Klehr drops into the Writer's Lounge with details about Authors at the Pub, and a whole lot more...

Episode 73

Author Petronella McGovern

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a psychological thriller inspired episode! There's a fabulous interview with one of Australia's premiere crime fiction/domestic noir writers Petronella McGovern. We have discussions about fish and chip shop suspense, literary news and book reveals, thoughts about what draws us to psychological thrillers, and a whole lot more...

Episode 72

Authors Emily Gale & Nina Kenwood

Summer may have slept through the alarm but episode 72 is here! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a wonderful double interview with authors Emily Gale and Nina Kenwood. We have some super special guests and new book spotlights in the Reader's Cafe, a romance loving Sandy Barker drops into the Writer's Lounge, discussions about absurd criminal moments in history and a whole lot more...

Episode 71

Author Chris Hammer

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a blockbuster episode featuring an in depth interview with astounding crime writer Chris Hammer who chats about his latest release, The Tilt. A Reader's Cafe featuring some live reporting from a writer's festival, discussions about what makes someone a feral and why fairy bread is so good, a super fun Writer's Lounge with the always fabulous guest, author Laurie Bell. News and reviews and a whole lot more!!

Episode 70

Author S.S. Turner

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for another jam packed episode as they chat about a naughty bird that turns into a heavy metal book, the spritiual insights that can be garnered from ice cold waters, why books are possibly the greatest passports of all, a Reader's Café featuring great new book releases, a Writer's Lounge with special guest Naomi Shippen and, best of all, a spectacular interview with the wonderfully thought provoking author S.S. Turner! From castles to finance and finding one's self in a cold river on the other side of the world, we know you're going to love his chat about his latest release Secrets Of A River Swimmer...

Episode 69

Aaron Fa'aoso and Michelle Scott Tucker

Episode 69 is here and we are so proud to present a super inspiring, powerful and thought provoking double interview with actor, director, producer and writer, Aaron Fa'aoso, and the soul lifting, smile inducing, amazing author Michelle Scott Tucker! Together they talk about collaborating on their brand new release So Far, So Good, which is not only a gripping personal reflection of Aaron's life but also the first official biography of a Torres Straight Islander.

Join us for a coffee in the Reader's Cafe to catch up on new books to dive into, discussions about what makes a hoon a hoon, what LSD and hanging out with emus might have in common, and the potential power of truth to help us come together. And a super fun chat with author Clare Rhoden in the Writer's Lounge...

Episode 68

Author David Cairns of Finavon

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a literary step back in time as we delve into the trials and tribulations of convict life thanks to a deep and thorough chat with historical fiction author David Cairns of Finavon! Not only that but there are chats about Razz'a and Snips and which one was best, the various different types of book readers, what makes gold so special and who were the Australian celebrities born in 1968...

But that's not all! There's industry news, the Reader's Cafe featuring a book review by aweseome contributor Naomi Shippen, and a special appearance by superstar author and podcast producer Hayley Walsh of The Write Words Podcast in the Writer's Lounge, so we invite you to hit play, sit back and enjoy a little reading and writing love...

Episode 67

Author Miranda Luby

Could this be our biggest episode yet? Join hosts Veronica and Darren for podcast 67 featuring a Reader's Cafe with special guest Belinda Grant who shares a book review with us, an incredible interview with author Miranda Luby, a drink fuelled visit to the Writer's Lounge with special guests Reb Langham and Kevin Klehr from Aus Writes, industry news, chats about a missing prime minister, the dangers of fake news, the complexities of traversing new digital realms and of course a quote or two! It's time to get comfortable...

Episode 66

Author Dime Sheppard

Episode 66 is here and with it some brand new segments! Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss clickety keyboards, the possible cosmic river of archetypes that brings voice to the muse, chickens waiting for spaceships and aliens advertising on Youtube...

Not only that, but Darren enjoys a stupendously fun interview with crime author Dime Sheppard who chats about her latest release Crime Writer, the door is opened for the first time to the Reader's Cafe, and author K.M. Allan joins the brand new Writer's Lounge for some relaxing banter! Grab a coffee or a sneaky wine, sit back and (we hope) enjoy the show...

Episode 65

Author Holden Sheppard

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a filled to 'the brink' episode featuring a deep and motivating interview with astounding author Holden Sheppard, as well as discussions about pen licenses, how persistance and tenacity can walk beside you on even the most difficult paths, the fine line between a good or bad lamington, and the importance of facing painful truths and turning them into stunning jewels...

Not only that but we have a wonderful book review by Naomi Shippen and a fascinating reading by author Lucy Christopher from her latest book Release, so settle back and hit play!

Episode 64

Author Nikky Lee

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a filled to the brim episode featuring discussions about the monster that just might lurk within us all, why psycopaths can sometimes be successful, sharp eggs that can't be found in attics, book news, book reviews and a whole lot more...

Not only that, but Veronica sits down with the astoundingly magical author Nikky Lee to discuss all the secret ingredients that make her books so special! And as if that's not enough, Nikky was kind enough to record a reading from her latest book The Rarkyn's Familiar so sit back, relax, and be swept away to dark, emotion filled lands...

Episode 63

Author Lucy Christopher

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a jam packed edition featuring discussions about chasing brown snakes down wombat holes, the irony of agreeing to fight for a truth that can't be proven, the intricacies of delving into sympathetic elements of human monsters and why love is such a double edged sword.

What makes this episode extra special though is a magical interview with best selling author Lucy Christopher, who shares with us the wonders of her literary and academic journey, chats about her latest book "Release", and introduces us to possibly the fastest dog in the world, Rocket...

Episode 62

Author Marie Sulda

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss the existential and philosophical implications of a mouldy coffee cup, and why writing a journal can sometimes soothe and repair the soul. We cover how grief can shape new visions in life and the wonders of taking the time to rest your brain. Not only that, but we have a stunningly insightful and heart warming interview with author Marie Sulda who shares the journey that formed her book 'Travel The Mind' - A Book of Magical Meditation Adventures for Children. Stay tuned at the conclusion of the episode for one of Marie's magical readings from her book and be transported to a place of peace, calm and happiness....
Spotlights: The Helot's Tale Books 1 & 2 by David Cairns of Finavon + The Jade Book by Elizabeth Klein.

Episode 61

Author Jules Van Mil

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a jam packed episode 61 featuring discussions about sunbaking wombats, the power of fashion to help shape your reality, the wonders of cultural differences and how they have helped build Australia, how dangerous art can be and how parachute pants must never return.... Not only that, but Australian Book Lovers is proud to present an astronomically awesome author interview with the truly inspiring Jules Van Mil who discusses her upcoming book A Remarkable Woman as well as a whole lot more!

Episode 60

Auhtor Kanako Okiron

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a jam packed episode featuring discussions about the ups and downs of fame, why Australia needs a good lawyer when it comes to pavlovas, the brand new Short Stories addition to the Australian Book Lovers website and the fragility of your persona...
Oh, and did we mention we have an absolute show stoppingly amazing interview with 15-year-old author Kanako Okiron, who shares with us the inside story of her brand new book? We do, and you can discover the magic by hitting play!

Episode 59

Super Science Fiction Panel Special

Join host Veronica and extra special guests and amazing sci-fi authors E.J. Dawson and Laurie Bell for a super fantastic, star filled and light speed busting episode 59! Part one of our Sci Fi Panel special is sure to spark the engines of your warp drive imagination and leave you ready for some galactic adventures...

Episode 58

Author Andrew Roff

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a giant episode 58 and delve into discussions about the original 58 sins of ancient Aztec cultures, the trials and tribulations of recording songs from radio onto cassette, the subtle promises that an author and reader share, industry news, book reviews, and a moment of research into how many golf balls are on the moon! Best of all, there's an awe inspiring interview with the wonderful Andrew Roff. He's currently celebrating the release of his oustanding anthology, 'The Teeth Of A Slow Machine'... How can you not want to hit play?

Episode 57

Author Ishmael A. Soledad

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss the intricate relationship between buying a packet of chips and corruption, the paradox of a morality that will kill to maintain its peaceful philosophy, what aspects of humanity should be ventured into the stars and what it means to not have a brass razoo... Oh, and a gobsmackingly thought provoking interview with prolific science fiction author Ishmael A. Soledad! So strap yourself in for some fascinating conversation, industry news, book reviews and a whole lot more...

Episode 56

Author Callan J. Mulligan

Activate the artificial gravity, fire up the anti-gravity propulsion systems and join hosts Veronica and Darren for a star glazing episode 56! Discussions include the intracacies of spitting the dummy, how differently we might appreciate reality if it only lasted for another ten seconds, how it is that space travel becomes such an intimate reflection on who we are, and the three difficult levels of chucking a sickie...

But best of all, we have an astronomical interview with best selling science fiction author Callan J. Mulligan! So strap in, ignite your imagination, and join us for an intestellar audio adventure...

Episode 55

Author Kate Foster

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for episode 55 featuring industry and book news, discussions about the role books play as instruction manuals for little humans, what it means to take a screamer, why Darren will never have a spider as a pet, and a captivatingly awesome and important interview with fantastic author Kate Foster! Oh, and there might be a slight mention about AFL umpiring...

Episode 54

Author Tanya Heaslip

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for industry and book news, discussions about the intracacies of shared identity, why 54 was a fantastic year for a certain prime minister, the lessons life can teach us when we ditch the safety of the easy path and a super magnificent, globe trotting interview with astronomically awesome author Tanya Heaslip who shares the wonders that she has experienced on her journey from cattle farm to Europe and beyond...

Episode 53

Author Jake O'Donnell

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss the ability of Ugg Boots to bring pure happiness, archetypes made of cookie dough, what we can learn from life's pivotal moments and what a tiger and a shaking leg have in common, as well as industry news and book reviews! We also have a super fun interview with author Jake O'Donnell who shares with the listeners his thoughts on what it means to grow up in the 21st century...

Episode 52

Author Michele Layet

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they chat about magical discoveries to be found in your first job, the (rough) directions to Woop Woop, the effect people we meet can have on character building, and why mistakes are so vital when it comes to reaching the top of the mountain. And we have an awesomely electric and fascinating interview with author Michele Layet who welcomes our listeners to peek behind the curtains of the corporate giant that is McDonalds...

Episode 51

Author Annette Janic

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they chat about the power of words to speak about what can't be spoken, the dangers of sticking your head in the back of an arcade machine, new book listings and industry news, as well as an important, emotional and thought provoking interview with author Annette Janic about her book War Child.

Episode 50

Author Steven Fine

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss the importance of settings in literature, the different forms of energy that can be experienced in city streets and suburbs, time travelling legal advice and a super fun interview with author Steven Fine who joins us for this jam packed 50th episode!

Episode 49

Authors For Mental Health Special

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a super super special episode about Authors for Mental Health, a new source of energy that just might change the world and bring a new understanding to some of our secretly kept fears.... as well as the tools to identify the truth about who we are. Hit play, kick back and be inspired by authors Kate Foster and Sandy Barker in ways that defy traditional adventures...

Episode 48

Author Mary-Lou Stephens

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for some industry news, chats about vulnerability and its importance in literature, the dangers of a furry tummy, the honest and sometimes uncomfortable bridge between abuse and drug addiction, the power of books that can change your life, and a magical interview with the unbelievably awesome Mary-Lou Stephens... not to mention a heart pulsing read from Chapter Five of Kevin Klehr's Winter Masquerade!

Episode 47

Author C.J. Timms

Roll the dice, level up and join hosts Veronica and Darren for a Lit RPG episode that features giant wombats, a deep dive into choose your own adventures, a call for Australian book lovers to decide on the magical scent of second hand or new books and an Aussie apocalyptic interview with C.J. Timms!

Episode 46

Author Hazel Edwards & Producer Sarah Bacaller

In this episode we have a spectacular interview with the author of over 200 books Hazel Edwards who is joined with equally spectacular audio book producer and author Sarah Bacaller. Add in audio book reviews, chats about mosquito bites on the tips of your toes, industry news including information about the upcoming Writer's Week in Adelaide, and the amazing psychological benefits of snuggling up with a good book! Oh, and a mission to deep dive into choose your own adventures...

Episode 45

Author Lisa Forsythe

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they delve into growing neurons and jazz, the possibility of bridging together two worlds, book news including the latest website listings as well as a surprise chat with Belinda M Grant about her upcoming Twitter event, #RomComMarch. And we have a truly wonderful interview with fabulous children's nonfiction author Lisa Forsythe!

Episode 44

Author Susanne Gervay

Episode 44 is here and that means a superfantabulous interview with globally loved and respected author Susanne Gervay! Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss potential numerology battles, the search for philosophical equality that is feminism, the power of literature to tackle the blight of bullying and the art of rock concert research... and a whole lot more.

Episode 43

Author Mary Philippou

Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss winning the lottery and expensive thongs, the magic of business non-fiction's ability to let you ride on the shoulders of giants, how we can learn from remote paths trodden by others, and what has been truly proven to be important in our society... ABL is also extremely honoured to present an interview with business and author superstar Mary Philippou who will absolutely inspire you to grab life with both hands, take the plunge and be all that you can be!

Episode 42

Author Lachlan Walter

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a monster filled edition where discussions stomp through themes such as monsters as symbolic sirens to alert us to inner dangers, what can happen when you stare into the abyss, the quest to transform this new year into a mission of seeking the small joys in life. But best of all, there is an earth shaking interview with none other than Lachlan Walter whose qualifications make him the perfect guest to talk about monsters and Australian's relationship with the apocalypse!

Episode 41

New Year's Eve Special

Join hosts Veronica, Darren, and a rat pack of some truly special Australian authors as they look back on a year that will echo throughout history. Listen as Kevin Klehr, Sandy Barker, Laurie Bell, Hayley Walsh and Maria P. Frino share their highlights and lessons from 2021 — and their hopes for 2022. Most importantly of all, there's a whole heap of literary love and laughter!!! So please, pour a drink, kick back, and be a part of our first ever end of year edition....

Episode 40

Author Gavin Fisher

Life for our Australian Book Lovers podcast has only just begun thanks to reaching episode 40! Join hosts Veronica and Darren for information about the latest stunning books by Australian authors, discussions about what makes a great thriller, an action packed interview with author Gavin Fisher and why starting all over can be good for the soul....

Episode 39

Special Christmas Edition

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for a warm and wonderful Christmas edition featuring interviews with incredible authors and readings from the anthology Christmas Australis - A Frighteningly Festive Anthology Of Spine Jingling Tales...
If the festive season is anything, it's a celebration of dreams and goals, and we hope you can enjoy this edition of the Australian Book Lovers podcast as something special and a little inspiring as summer and magic begins...

Episode 38

Author B.G. Hilton

With just days away from the start of the festive season, what better way to usher in Summer and all of its magic than a super fun interview with author B.G. Hilton? Join hosts Veronica and Darren for episode 38 where we discuss the unintended creepiness of the old television show "In Search Of", LSD laced shots of Absinthe jello, the power of memory and our relationship with reality, and we chat with B.G. Hilton who reveals the wonders of all things steampunk...

Episode 37

Writers SA Industry Special

Join hosts Veronica and Darren for another fabulously fun Industry Special featuring a wonderful interview with the outstanding Jessica Alice from Writers SA! Oh, and maybe just a teeny bit of trivia too...

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