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Indie Outback Update June

Indie Outback Update June

My editor, Shel Sweeney from A Worded Life, will have her expert eyes all over Indie Outback this month! Scary and exciting. So close to grant acquittal month. So close to having the plot holes patched, spelling and grammar shining... More

Indie Outback May Update

Indie Outback May Update

May already! Where did the time go? Indie has found a flow in book two and three now and the strings of the story are tying together. I have been writing at night when little Ms 5 goes to bed-... More

Yarning about the Blak&Write Fellowship

Yarning about the Blak&Write Fellowship

It was really deadly winning one of the Blak&Write Fellowships for 2020 with my picture book series, Backyard Sports. The idea for the books came to me on a long drive between Halls Creek and Broome. I was thinking about... More

The journey to publication- Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2021)

The journey to publication- Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2021)

As rookies we had no idea how long books actually took to publish and all the work behind the scenes. Working on our debut novella, Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018) helped us understand the process and the time things take much... More

Indie Outback April Update

Indie Outback April Update

Indie is struggling to find her feet in book number 3. This month I jumped between book two and book three to try to make the story flow across all three books and make sure the storyline flowed. A really... More

Where did we get our ideas for Tracks of the Missing?

Where did we get our ideas for Tracks of the Missing?

  Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2021) is a YA suspense thriller based in the outback. Tracks of the Missing was inspired by a mix of things. Carl grew up hearing his local Creation stories or local scary stories. Hakea... More

Indie Outback Series March Update

Indie Outback Series March Update

Back in the swing of things- I’m working casually teaching this year, running a small online business with Carl and we are both writing… as well as, you know, life. The juggle and the struggle are real! I’m plodding along... More

Indie Outback Series February Update

Indie Outback Series February Update

Another busy month of writing the Indie Outback Series thanks to the Arts Council of Australia Funding I received last year. Book two is well underway. It has been a really interesting process: Writing alone without Carl Writing my first... More

Indie Outback- Book Two and the New Year

Indie Outback- Book Two and the New Year

I’ve been working on Indie for 6 months now thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Australia- 2020 Resilience Create Grant. Indie is due to be finished end of May this year- and I have two books to... More

Indie Outback- Goodbye 2020

Indie Outback- Goodbye 2020

For those who haven’t been following along, I’m Hakea Hustler- teacher and author. In 2020 I was awarded an Arts Council of Australia- 2020 Resilience Create Grant for the creation of Indie Outback my first solo middle reader series. My... More

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