Book collaborations, fiction



Feather Man

Rhyll McMaster
Brandl & Schlesinger, Australia, 2007
Marion Boyars, UK and USA 2008
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I wish to thank my editor, Diana Giese, for her invaluable and erudite assistance in the final shaping of my work. She knew when not to interfere, and when to apply pressure to make necessary changes.
Rhyll McMaster


The Judge’s Cat

Jane Allen 
Halkett Books, 2015

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Above all I must thank Diana Giese for mentoring me as I worked on rewriting and revising the book. It started out as a biography of my great-grandmother, but under her expert guidance has become so much more.

It would not have been completed without her and my gratitude is boundless.

Jane Allen



The Cat of Portovecchio

Maria Strani-Potts 
Brandl & Schlesinger, 2007 
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Diana Giese’s support and advice have been invaluable. Working with her has been a great pleasure. It was a delight to read her almost daily emails. They were always encouraging, correct, professional and kind. 
Maria Strani-Potts , whose book was edited online between Greece and Australia


  Too Much Too Soon  


After Love

Subhash Jaireth 
Transit Lounge, 2012 
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Diana Giese worked with me to give the manuscript a coherent narrative shape. I am indebted to her for her support and encouragement. 
Subhash Jaireth

Languid and sad, this story of fated lovers slowly and inexorably gets under your skin. The Age, 22 December 2012


Too Much, Too Soon

Stephanie Green 
Pandanus Books, 2006 
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Green reveals her passions gradually. Like her characters, she is a collector of old, discarded and lost things. Time presses down throughout her stories. Younger people watch and learn from the generations before them; they sort through the belongings of somebody no longer present…the voice in many stories is close, whispery, intimate. Come here, the narrator seems to say. Look what I’ve found…  
The Weekend Australian , 4 Nov. 2006


To Silence

Subhash Jaireth 
Puncher & Wattmann, 2011 
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Highly plausible fictional characters help create intricate and tantalising stories around three ageing figures, all of whom have lived through terrible times…Within punctuating silences and solitudes, the joy and grief, laughter and pain, beauty and ugliness of the three lives is relived, in a finely-crafted book that reads like poetry. 
Australian Book Review, 
31 October 2011





The Secret of The Stones

Paul Bird
CreateSpace, 2013
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Through the NSW Writers’ Centre I linked with my mentor, Diana Giese. As a result of her encouragement and expertise, and a lot of rewrites, I published my first book, One Mad Rooster, in 2007. A bunch of uniquely Australian yarns for kids, it hit a chord with children. Finally those adventure yarns my parents had told me were recorded.

The success of my first venture has encouraged me to keep writing. With the help of my mentor, I embarked upon a full-length novel. This year I completed and published The Secret of the Stones, an adventure story for middle school children: Three stones with infinite power, an ancient civilisation, a sinister invisible force and a vast subterranean city within the Arctic Circle…

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