Every Time He Dies - Tara EastEvery Time He Dies

Daphne Lawrence is haunted. Two years ago, her fiancée died in a terrible accident, her mother passed away from cancer and she stopped speaking to her father. As an embalmer, Daff is used to the company of dead people, but she isn’t used to them talking back. In fact, Daff isn’t used to anything that could be considered woo-woo including, but not limited to: psychics, crystal, meditation, tarot cards, vision quests and coincidences. Too bad that’s everything she’s experiencing.

Daff is forced to confront her own long ignored grief when she discovers a haunted watch buried in the sand at Golden Beach. The problem is, her ghost has no memory of his former life or how he died.

As Daff seeks to discover the spectre’s identity, dangerous truths and hidden secrets are revealed. Soon, she finds herself in the middle of an on-going homicide investigation led by Detective Sergeant Jon Lawrence, her father. A story about grief, time and identity, Every Time He Dies will leave you wondering whether our dearly beloveds ever really depart.


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When bell met bowieWhen Bell Met Bowie 

Bell knew Bowie. She knew his songs, his life and his mannerisms. She’d grown up dancing to his music, reading online interviews with him and emulating his evolving style. She saw his face in the mirror; heard his voice in her head.

The only thing she didn’t know about Bowie, was whether she’d ever get to call him Dad.


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Interviews, Articles, and Short Stories

Podcast Appearances

Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire 28 July 2020

How Do You Write? Podcast March 2020



The Creative Penn 15 January 2020

7 Tips for Researching Your Novel



The Creative Penn 5 June 2019

Writing Tips For Over-Writers: How To Reduce Your Word Count

The Fifth Wall Renaissance 3 June 2019

A Brief History of Fear

The Fifth Wall Renaissance 28 May 2019

A Collection of Writing Essays

The Artifice 8 May 2019

The Changing Faces of Fear in Australian Literature

Writing From Below April 2019

The Queer Body as Time Machine

Live Write Thrive 1 April 2019

When Slow Writing Leads to Great Writing

WQ Magazine March 2019 Issue 264

Why are Writers So Obsessed with Process?


The Artifice 18 August 2018

Walking and Writing: The Effects of Exercise on Creative Thinking



October Hill Summer Issue 2018
‘Sidney Cherry’ – a literary short story about a waitress who is having an affair with her boss’s husband.


Text Journal Vol 21 no 1 April 2017
‘Haunted’ – a 500 word meta piece where an author speaks directly to her protagonist. 

#8word story Queensland Writers Centre, October 2017
The following micro-fiction appeared as part of the QWC #8word project

His words hung like a lantern, lighting everything.

Watching them through the window, Cate’s cheeks burned. 

Avid Reader Flash Fiction Prize August 2017
‘Heart Sounds’ – a 50 word flash fiction piece that was short listed for the Avid Read Flash Fiction Prize.

Thunderbolt Prize 2017
‘The Bell’ – this short story was commended.  


The Cusp July 26, 2017
How to Make the Right Decision, Every Time.

The Cusp September 1, 2017
Five Ways to Bring More Fun Into Your Life.

The Huffington Post August 25, 2017
The Benefits of Books Stack Up, So Here are 5 Ways to Read More.

Queensland Writers Centre September 2017
Messing With the Routine. (Members only) 

The Artifice July 26, 2017
How Time and Readers’ Expectations Have Affected Opening Sentences