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It is these insights into Luke's disturbed mind that makes this book so compelling.  Although occasionally we see things from the perspective of Angie, the one that Luke most wants to 'help', most of the novella is written from his point-of-view, revealing the deterioration of his state-of-mind and the strange way that he interprets events and interactions and how that impacts on his other relationships. Of all the nightmare scenarios I can think of, having a neighbour who's a stalker would have to be one of the worst.

Lisa Hill, ANZ Lit Lovers  

The Neighbour lulled me first with the normality of life in Australian suburbia and despite the fact that the plot is sketched out on the back cover, still managed to blindside me with the inciting moment.  Perhaps it was denial though; that I didn't want to think that Proudfoot would do what she did.  Once I was over that initial shock (one that had me put the book down for a moment), I was drawn back in as she slowly began unravelling personalities, mysteries and histories. It was a tense journey that kept me close.

Sean Wright, Adventures of a Bookonaut

The Neighbour does deal with dark aspect of suburbia, but its impact is different from other writers' work. Whereas books like Dawn Barker's Let Her Go tease the reader with the possibility that something awful will happen... the terrible event in The Neighbour happens early and happens hard, leaving the reader in no doubt. When it occurs, it's of such a horrific nature that its impact reverberates throughout the rest of the story 

Elizabeth Lhuede, Australian Women Writers Challenge.

The Neighbour is a powerful blend of psychological drama and domestic realism, and it tackles some weighty themes?guilt, redemption, coping with grief?without ever feeling heavy-handed. One of the reasons it struck me was its potential resonance with readers: it deals with a topic that's quite controversial and a situation that could happen to anyone (without wanting to give too much away, the story centres on a terrible accident that changes the lives of two families who live next door to one another).

Carody Culver, Editor

"The Neighbour is an astute psychological drama that offers a powerful and literary meditation on the nature of guilt and responsibility."

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Julie is a passionate supporter of the writing community and I know she won't mind me saying, loves a good launch party. So I know she is very excited to be chatting with Fleur Ferris on the launch of her debut novel, RISK, on July 17th at the Echuca Library. Come along and join with Fleur and Julie on this exciting event. Let the champagne flow!

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Novellas are an intriguing form of writing, recently Julie was interviewed by Megan Mcgrath for an article on novellas for the Queensland Writers Centre. The article is an interesting discussion on the art form of novellas, and the state of their presence in the publishing industry. You can read it here.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Julie recently appeared at the Queenscliff Literary Festival, a glorious month-long beach setting event. Julie's recollections of the event can be read at her blog on the link below.

If you know me well, you will know that there's only one thing I love more than reading and writing, and that's talking about reading and writing. Last month (May) I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the fantastic Queenscliff Literary Festival, and I can't say enough how wonderful the event was. Our chair person, Alice barker, Read more here

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Perth Writers Festival recently held a live reading of their twitter novella. Julie was one of the fifty writers invited to contribute two tweets each to a chinese-whispers type work, tweeted via the @PWFNovella twitter handle. The result was a fun and bizarre comedy. The tweets can be read at the PWF website. The live reading can be viewed here.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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