An Interveiw with R.W.R. McDonald by Samuel Elliott for Compulsive Reader

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Thank you @tailoredtalker for the great questions & interview 🙏🤩Posted @withregram • @tailoredtalker Good morning fellow users of Social Media, A short while ago I got to chat with Kiwi-born, Melbourne-based writer, R.W.R. McDonald, regarding his widely-acclaimed debut novel, ‘The Nancys’. With his lifelong love of Nancy Drew mysteries acting as somewhat of an impetus, McDonald has gone off to do his own inmitable thing with ‘The Nancys’, a tale revolving around a grisly murder mystery set in a [seemingly] quaint little New Zealand town and investigated by an unlikely and loveable trio, as led by precocious 11-year-old narrator, Tippy. For those of you that hail from the Land of the Long White Cloud, or have relos there, as I most certainty do (in verdant Central Otago no less!), you’ll have a blast reading this. ‘Tis a right rarity to find any contemporary novel set within that part of the world and one that warmed the cockels of my heart region. We discussed the setting and the decision to ficitionalise a real-life town, along with how the story, first sparked over a decade ago, was (instrumentally) developed at Faber Academy. We also delved into the curse of self-doubt inherent with the writing vocation and how one must overcome such debilitating notions in order to identify oneself as a writer (for those writerly pals out there, I know that that will resonate with you to no end). Get readin’ the interview (link in bio) and get your hot little hands on a copy of ‘The Nancys’ from @allenandunwin like, now. Thanks to @rwrmcdonald for chatting with me and for Compulsive Reader for publishing the interview! #interview #interviews #author #authors #writer #writers #novel #novels #novelist #book #books #fiction #newzealand #australian #contemporary #story #allenandunwin #publisher #published

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Australian Library & Information Association – available for online author events

If you are a librarian, I am available for online author events as per below, please follow the link to the ALIA website

“ALIA recognises that there is a need to support writers and libraries in connecting with one another to continue delivering these programs to their community. This page provides a listing of writers and illustrators who are looking to connect with libraries to create online events and programs. “


Good news – signed Book 2! THE NANCYS sequel


REPOST: City of Vincent Library 🛍️VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB🛍️

What's In Your Book Bag? : Episode Six

🛍️VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB🛍️Adult services librarian Sally is back for episode six of our 'What's In Your Book Bag?' virtual book club, this time discussing The Nancys by RWR McDonald and Women by Charles Bukowski.The Nancys is in our library catalogue, and whilst we do not have a copy of Women we do have other Charles Bukowski books including his first novel, Post Office, and some of his poetry collections.We'd love to hear about what you've been reading, please share in the comments below. Happy reading!

Posted by City of Vincent Library on Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Looking forward to celebrating Ashley Kalagian Blunt’s launch – How to be Australian – at Better Read Than Dead1 June 2020

Looking forward to celebrating Ashley Kalagian Blunt – How to be Australian – online launch on 1 June over Zoom🙌🙌🙌. Check out the event and book details below with Better Read Than Dead 👇👇👇

Posted by RWR McDonald on Tuesday, April 28, 2020