One thing I love: A novel and, Balance in creation: A novelist's view of the psychology of inspiration, an accompanying essay

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Communication and Arts


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Professor Jill Durey

Second Advisor

Dr Susan Ash

Third Advisor

Professor Andrew Taylor


This thesis comprises a novel, One Thing I love, and an accompanying essay, "Balance in Creation: A Novelist's View of the Psychology of Inspiration. The novel, set in Perth, Western Australia, begins as narrator Anna relates the news of her pregnancy to her American husband Jake. Jake is characteristically enthusiastic; Anna is less sure. As the pregnancy progresses, Jake and Anna attend pregnancy yoga class, have a power struggle over turning the computer room into the nursery, and fend off interference from Jake's parents, who are 20, 000 km, but only a phone call, away. Jake returns to work shortly after baby Max is born, and a growing lack of understanding between Anna and Jake intensifies. When Jake's younger brother Silas visits Perth, Anna finds herself attracted to him. Later, Anna, Jake and Max travel to Utah for Jake's family reunion. There Silas and Anna's increasing involvement is interrupted by closely averted tragedy. Back in Perth, Jake loses his job and Anna returns to work. Eventually Jake finds out about Anna's relationship with his brother. A tentative truce has been established when Jake receives a job offer from his older brother in Utah, forcing Anna to decide where her allegiances lie.

LCSH Subject Headings

Edith Cowan University. Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences - Dissertations

Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) - Psychological aspects


Fiction - Technique


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