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About Michelle Scott Tucker

Writer, reader and author of Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World.

Speaking as an author…

I was afraid, when I began to do author talks, that someone would take me to task about this dubious fact, or that poorly argued inference. I thought they might interrogate me about my sources, or debate the validity of some of my suppositions. It hasn't happened. Not yet, anyway. What I AM constantly being asked is why, and how, I first became interested in EM. If you're wondering too, I wrote about the answer to that ages ago, in a post you can find here. Sometimes I'm asked about [...]

2018-05-27T19:02:02+11:00May 27th, 2018|Author Interviews, Writing|4 Comments

Out and about, talking about Elizabeth Macarthur

Promoting the book has so far been a very happy, enjoyable process. Talking to interesting people, hanging out in libraries and bookshops, eating scones - seriously, what's not to love? And yes, those scones pictured left were laid on after my talk by the lovely Clare, who owns Aesop's Attic book shop in Kyneton, Victoria. They were homemade, and every bit as delicious as they look. I have finished my run of radio interviews for now and, just as I was getting very comfortable with delivering author talks, I seem [...]

2018-05-14T14:31:48+11:00May 14th, 2018|Work in Progress|5 Comments

Good biography, bad biography – two brief book reviews

This year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography was Caroline Fraser, for Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. If, like me, you read the Little House on the Prairie books as a child, then you already know all about Laura Ingalls Wilder. She grew up in the 1800s on the American frontier, with Ma, Pa, blind sister Grace and little sister Carrie.  Ma was endlessly patient and good, and jovial Pa was wise and strong and brave. There were blizzards and locusts, danger and drama, all tempered by [...]

2018-04-27T12:00:42+11:00April 27th, 2018|Book Review|9 Comments

What does being a new author feel like?

So far? Joyous. My friends and family are all super happy for me and it's too soon for any dubious reviews. Quite the opposite, including this very nice one in The West Australian. People have even complimented me on my neat handwriting. In the past week alone I've had a launch party, two library talks and five radio interviews (including one with Wendy Harmer - yes WENDY HARMER!!!!!!) And every occasion was full of people who wished me well, and simply wanted to know more about Elizabeth Macarthur. The launch [...]

2018-04-15T17:11:11+11:00April 15th, 2018|Writing|8 Comments

Invisible Women of Australian History

Today is yet another milestone: I've had an essay, titled Invisible Women, published in the excellent Inside Story magazine. Inside Story's contributor list reads like a Who's Who of quality Australian journalism, so I'm feeling bit lightheaded, frankly. A version of this essay began life as the final chapter of the biography. I wanted to discuss Elizabeth Macarthur's legacy, and to explain why she was important, and it all came out in a heated rush. But my editor thought not, saying that it differed (in tone and content) too widely [...]

Listen up…

Interviews tomorrow with three different radio stations: listen in after 4pm to Radio Northern Beaches (Sydney); after 4:45pm to ABC Broken Hill; or after 5:45 (WA time) to ABC Drive WA. Am also speaking on Thursday morning with Wendy Harmer (yes, Wendy Harmer!!!!) - listen in after 9:00am to the ABC Sydney morning show. And on Friday it's one more interview, with ABC Bendigo (Central Victoria). Listen in after 10:30. If you're really keen, you can also listen online to last week's interviews: 2ser Sydney Breakfast Show. Fast forward to 1.04.10 [...]

How to launch a book

Full confession: launching a book really is fun. And everyone is so nice! Over in Facebook land I've never had so many likes in my life. I went into Readings Carlton to sign some copies, and they've subsequently put a copy of Elizabeth Macarthur into the window. Truly, I can now die happy. I've had two radio interviews so far, and they both went well. Only one is available online, though: ABC Melbourne (774) Breakfast Show. Fast forward to 1:14:20 if you want to hear me rabbiting on for about 6 minutes [...]

2018-04-04T21:00:00+11:00April 4th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Spent publication day (April 2) just horsing around. But that said, the horse did say he enjoyed the book. And, now that the book is out in the world, I can only hope that others are buying and reading it too. Plenty of signed copies at Readings Carlton, thanks for asking. My family keep asking me if I know how many copies have been sold yet, or if I've had any feedback. But (with the exception of two very kind online reviews so far, thanks Lisa and Bill) it's kind [...]

2018-04-03T14:08:41+11:00April 3rd, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

And so it begins…

Publication Day is Monday 2 April, although I'm not sure what it actually means, because nothing actually happens on the day. Some bookshops already have Elizabeth Macarthur on their shelves, others will no doubt get it in over the next few weeks. The launch party, a private function for friends and family, will be held a week or so later. My lovely publicist has lined up lots of talks and radio interviews for me but none are scheduled for Monday. Well, one was, with Wendy Harmer on the ABC Sydney [...]

2018-03-31T16:36:57+11:00March 31st, 2018|Elizabeth Macarthur|8 Comments