Eila Jameson-Avey

stories about diversity.

About

Welcome to my blog site. In 2015, when the site began, I was unsure what would develop from it. A select group of followers have joined and I’ve completed three manuscripts and selling a book.

I have undertaken many writing courses. The Year of the Novel at Writing NSW with Emily Maguire was my first. Emily’s voice still rings in my ears when I’m considering the point of view. ‘Can you see them doing it?’ she’d ask. ‘If the answer is no, then it’s not in first person.’ Wise words. Emily continues to teach and mentor and write.

I always check ‘New to View’ pages of the associations I subscribe to, hoping to see any alumnus works published.

The second instalment in the ‘Simon goes to series’ is complete. The first, Simon Goes to Spain, published in 2019, can be purchased here.

The Simon Series was born on a hot Spanish evening whilst I was on holidays with my husband, Peter, and our boys. In the evening’s quiet, with only the cicadas singing, what felt like a truck thundering under our villa awoke us. We’d experienced a minor earth tremor, apparently common off the coast of Costa Blanca. Inspiration for a protagonist was Peter’s eldest son, Simon, and the wish to increase knowledge about autism.

In all of my years as a teacher, I’ve witnessed only limited improvements for the rights and independence of people with disability. Sure, we no longer have institutes, but little else has changed. Through my writing, I’m doing a tiny bit to embrace diversity and celebrate humanity in all its glorious forms.

My third completed manuscript, Wellworth, is an adult thriller based in Widyarra, a fictitious town in regional NSW. The protagonist, Ally, returns to her hometown to start life over, only to uncover deadly secrets with tragic results. Wellworth is being published by Hawkeye Books.

Writing, like teaching, is a continuous journey of learning. In 2021, I began an online postgraduate course at Deakin University in Writing and Literature. Each subject I complete improves my writing immeasurably.

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you enjoy the eclectic mix of book reviews, personal essays, poems and the occasional chapters from my books. If you have a tale about your writing journey or any journey, let me know or better still click follow so we can share our journeys together.

2 comments on “About

  1. Karen Tisdell Careers
    May 10, 2015

    Both books sound wonderful! Acquaintance of mine Luke Kendall has just started blogging about his journey of how to publish books. I think he calls the blog ‘atoeintheoceanofbooks’. Might be of interest, Karen Tisdell, resume writer

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    • Eila Jameson-Avey
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks for the link, I tried it but it doesn’t seem to work at the moment. I love the name of his blog though, it feels a bit like that!!

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