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the climb-a ya romance
The Climb was originally inspired by a chapter that never made it into my memoir Things Nobody Knows But Me, about my high school puppy love. Our relationship was a slow burn and our timing timing was always slightly off and he was always slightly immature and not ready for me, but he was the first boy who told me he loved me, who showed it, and with whom I shared my first romantic kiss of passion.
By creating Noah and Zephyra I had the opportunity to put things to write and tell a story about two friends and their romantic misadventures as they try and work out whether they should be more than friends. By writing in an alternating point of view I could play with my favourite romantic tropes of slow burn romance and friends to lovers.
The Climb references the physical climb of their bike marathon as well as Noah and Zephyra’s emotional climb as they traverse new territory of being more than friends and try and hit the right timing where they are both interested in each other at the same time.
Goldcoast holiday is drawing to a close with our return tomorrow. Some beautiful memories: the lovely swimming pool at the hotel and the beach a 2 minute walk away, the ferry ride on the Nerang and the skyline in the sunset, Movieworld a bit of a let-down, the skywalk rainforest in Tamborine was absolutely beautiful and this little town was just a gorgeous little gem where we did quite a bit of retail therapy, Seaworld and the lionseal show was so much fun. Then we went on the Trident ride and sat in a flimsy chair 42 metres above the ground. There were whimpers, trembling limbs and nausea. It will be a funny story, one day. But not today. Not today.
My short story collection The Cuckoo's Song is 20 years in the making featuring my prize-winning and unpublished stories. It deals with themes that represent who I am. As I was parented by a mother who was a Bipolar sufferer I find myself coming back to themes that deal with mental health, especially within the context of Non-English-Speaking Communities as this places particular pressure on a sufferer and family due to stigma and lack of awareness.
Growing up I did not see myself represented in fiction and I write own voices stories exploring my Bosnian heritage and culture so that young people who have an ethnic cultural background feel validated in seeing their lives represented in fiction.
I love reading stories that explore the real life effects of being in a war and providing a slice of history. As a writer I love the process of immersing myself in real life research to write stories set during the Balkan War of 1992-1995 when Bosnia became an independent country.
Growing up raised by a single mother for most of my childhood, and then becoming a nuclear family when my mother married my stepfather, I am fascinated by the notions of family ties and family loyalty. I am also an advocate of LGBTQI rights and write characters who are part of this community.
'So devastatingly real' Maxine Beneba Clarke
I also wrote teaching notes for this collection with reading, research, analysis and writing activities.
Did you know I have been successful in receiving creative development, residency and business grants to develop my author business? I've now partnered with www.BoldAuthors.com to deliver an online grant writing course that includes a step by step guide, a successful funding application for you to look and a a list of grants that you can apply for in Australia.
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jesse james character art
Just bought Stock Image AI through App Sumo and am experimenting to create character art for the Sassy Saints Series. Have been putting in prompts to create Jesse James, my bookish misunderstood teenage boy and this is what I came up with. I'm so excited to create character art for all my characters. What do you think?
A week at the Goldcoast with my favourite person, my daughter, who doesn't want her photo shared. It is everything I dreamed about and we're only two days in. We are a few hundred metres from the beach, the hotel has an indoor pool and a lagoon pool with a water slide, and boy were the guests entertained when a certain middle-aged woman went whooshing down, screaming all the way. We're beginning our theme park launch tomorrow. So happy!
Azra is admitted as a mental patient after postnatal psychosis, but are the voices in her head imaginary, or did she witness something?
Award-winning author Amra Pajalić showcases her gritty, poignant and sometimes bruising voice in this eclectic short story book of previously published and prize-winning stories. Featuring powerful and moving stories of family dissolution, deprivation of war, tenderness of family and the heart-rending experiences of mental illness. Thriller stories with a twist of vindictiveness and retribution, and love stories that make the heart sing, this collection will delight and entertain.
The Cuckoo’s Song, YA short story collection, by Amra Pajalic is now available in ebook, paperback, hardcover, dyslexic font, large print, and audiobook narrated by AI.
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alma's loyalty audiobook blooper
So excited to report that my narrator Nina Nikolic is 77% through recording Alma's Loyalty audiobook, the second in my Sassy Saints Series. She's shared a blooper reel where her dog Astro makes an appearance while Alma is getting her flirt on with her secret boyfriend.
Very excited to launch my online course Grants for Australian Writers and Publishing Businesses, in partnership with Anna Featherstone and her hub www.BoldAuthors.com. This course could help you establish and build your writing career, improve your craft, earn grants worth thousands of dollars and build your author business.
The EMDG Grant program opens today and I have a whole module focussed on how to apply for this. I did it and was successful with this and other grants, and you can be too! So check the link below or in the bio. Or go to www.BoldAuthors.com
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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