Belinda Pollard

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Belinda Pollard is an award-winning Australian mystery author, accredited book editor and former journalist who loves animals and wilderness.

Her latest book for writers, USE THE POWER OF FEEDBACK TO WRITE A BETTER BOOK, draws on twenty years' experience as a developmental editor to explore the power of manuscript feedback and "beta readers". She discovered that the right feedback doesn't just improve a book, it nourishes the author.

Her award-winning light memoir, DOGGED OPTIMISM: LESSONS IN JOY FROM A DISASTER-PRONE DOG started as a collection of humorous anecdotes about her daft Australian terrier, but then became much more than that as she realised she couldn't tell the dog's story without telling some of her own. (Also in Large Print)

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Belinda Pollard I'm working on VENOM REEF, Book 2 in the Wild Crimes series. This one is set on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. I recently made a res…moreI'm working on VENOM REEF, Book 2 in the Wild Crimes series. This one is set on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. I recently made a research trip to the Heron Island Research Station, to talk to scientists, take lots of pics and videos, and get the feel of remote island life on a gorgeous coral cay. (Oh, the hardship of writer research!)(less)
Belinda Pollard Well, probably Lizzie and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. But can we really consider them "fictional"??? ;-) (Just kidding. I know they're fictiona…moreWell, probably Lizzie and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. But can we really consider them "fictional"??? ;-) (Just kidding. I know they're fictional. Sort of.)(less)
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How I Overcame Writer’s Block: 5 Techniques

Have you ever lost traction on a writing project, or wondered if you can actually finish writing a whole book? I’ve been there!

This is the story of how I finally beat writer’s block.

With my first novel, Poison Bay, I often wondered if I could write a whole book. You can’t really know till you’ve done it. Just write. My best suggestion if that’s holding you back is that instead of asking yourself

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I bought this book because I heard the author speak at a conference, and I didn't read it for ages because I wasn't too sure if I'd find it too creepy, especially with the "missing child" theme and the mention of "supernatural" stuff. I actually foun ...more
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I found this quite a slow-moving book, with lots of narration in the early chapters, but not much action. The first half was 3 stars at the most, but then it picked up in the second half, with more action and more suspense, and I was glad I'd stayed ...more
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It took me a while to get into this one, I think because it was initially all about Sylvester and from his point of view, but I couldn't get a feel for who he was. Even his age wasn't clear in the initial pages - he could have been 80. But then I got ...more
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Weirdly entertaining. A Swedish man named Allan is somehow involved in most major events of 20th century history. It becomes more and more ridiculous as it unfolds, but somehow the author keeps you travelling along contentedly with Allan on dual time ...more
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I dithered over what to rate this one. I finally went for 3 stars, because there were things about it that were excellent - it's an intriguing premise, well-researched and well-written. However, I found it fairly hard work to read, and even put it do ...more
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I dithered as to whether to give this 3.5 or 4 stars - purely as my personal reaction, because it's a well-written book. I really liked the wilderness location, and the plot line was intriguing. It's a little more gruesome than I prefer, including ti ...more
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I've often felt a bit sorry for Anne de Bourgh, sickly daughter of the tyrannical Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and scorned by Mr Darcy. This author has done a great job of imagining what happened in the years that followed. I became quite engrossed in A ...more
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Short mysteries set in a British village, with an interesting character combination between the retired American detective and the younger single mother. I found the death in the third one a little bit too gritty and noir-ish for a cosy mystery, beca ...more
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