Author: Lara Russell

Have you ever wondered why different people have different tastes in music? No? It may very well just be me. But I believe that not unlike everything else in life, our experience of music is subjective. Our likes and dislikes …

Experiencing music Read More »

Coming up with character names, especially minor character names, can be challenging. Long after protagonists’ names have been established, an unexpected change in the plot can result in having to name another character when all you want to do is …

What’s in a name? Read More »

It’s 42 degrees Celsius in Adelaide today (107.6 Fahrenheit – I had to look that one up 😊) and only the second day above 34 degrees, so not technically a heatwave yet. Apparently, you need three days above 39 or …

Control Read More »

At the risk of sounding like a bad headline, I generally have all the feels when it comes to Christmas. In fact, I’m having one particular feeling right now – I really dislike that I just used the words ‘feels’. …

Christmas time Read More »

As I’m considering the backstories, appearances and other traits of the characters in my next book, I can’t help but think about all the people on our planet and their individual stories, each with their individual challenges and most, I …

Someone’s story Read More »

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Do you ever walk down a street in the centre of town, wondering what type of building stood there before? Or appreciate the historical buildings that are still standing today, but try and ignore the ones that were once considered …

Disappearing facades Read More »

Have you ever quoted a line from a movie you had watched over and over as a child or imitated the mannerisms or repeated the words of someone you had spent a lot of time with, without really realising it …

Shaped by what we love Read More »

As I’m planning the scenes of my next novel, I am also starting to think about the nature of the new characters I don’t really know yet. You see, I spent so much time with Anna and Daniel, the protagonists …

Relatable Read More »

Have you ever had a dream that keeps popping up from time to time? I have, and it generally goes like this: I am 14 years old, have a piano exam that same day and I haven’t practised. I am …

What dreams tell us Read More »

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