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The Secret Life of Authors

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119-135 Scott Street (entrance off Clayton Street)

Helena Valley, WA 6056

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Join authors Sally Hepworth, Rachael Johns and Lisa Ireland as they take you behind the scenes of what it’s like to be an author. They'll give you the inside scoop on author life, including how they feel about reviews, what happens when a book just doesn't work, writer’s shame, and everyone’s favourite thing to ask about…money!

Rachael, Lisa and Sally have published over thirty books between them. They not only know what they’re talking about, they’re generous in sharing their knowledge. This will be an informative and fun disussion for anyone interested in the writer's life and the process of writing from the point of view of lived experience.

The event is free, but bookings are essential. If you are unable to attend once you made a booking, please remember to cancel your ticket as there is usually a waitlist, and the ticket can then be released for someone else to enjoy.

There will be time for Q&A, book signing, and book sales thanks to Dymocks, Midland Gate.

Please advise if you have any access requirements.

About the authors:

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of romance and women’s fiction, Rachael loves nothing more than sitting in bed with her laptop and a can of Diet Coke, imagining her own stories.

Rachael has been a finalist in a num­ber of competitions, including the Australian Romance Readers Awards. Jilted (her first rural romance) won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance in 2012 and she was voted #19 in Booktopia’s latest Favourite Australian Author poll. The Patterson Girls won the 2016 Romance Writers of Australia RUBY Award and also the 2015 Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction.

Rachael lives near the gorgeous Swan River with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training, two fat cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly behaved dog.

Lisa Ireland is a writer of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She’s fascinated by relationships of all kinds and her superpower is eavesdropping on interesting conversations.


In 2014 Lisa was a finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards in the category of Best New Author, and the following year went on to be one of the top ten debut fiction authors in Australia. Her rural romance, Feels Like Home, is an Australian bestseller. Lisa’s fifth novel, The Art of Friendship, was published by Pan Macmillan in April 2018.

Lisa lives on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula with her husband and three (big) boys. She loves eating but not cooking, is an Olympic class procrastinator, and (most importantly) minion to a rather large dog.

Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017), The Family Next Door (Feb 2018) and The Mother-in-Law (2019). Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.

Sally's novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into 13 languages across 20 countries around the world. Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.


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