Back to the future

If you’ve been signed up to receive posts from this site you will have noticed nothing but tumbleweeds for over a year – but things are changing…

Yes, we’ve been here before. Back in September – or was it October? – last year I decided to amalgamate all my websites into my author site. The idea was that if it inspired my writing, it belonged on my author page. From a keeping things easy point of view this has worked. From a traffic and engagement view, it hasn’t. Here’s why:

  • The traffic to my posts about writing has almost completely dried up. This tells me that my reading and writing audience tend (with few exceptions) not to be interested in where I’m going, what I’m doing or what I’m cooking – even though it’s this that inspires my writing.
  • Further, the people who come over for my travel and catch-up or review posts tend (with few exceptions) not to be interested in writing.
  • I’m still getting double and sometimes triple the traffic to this site than I do to my author page – and the most looked at posts are in relations to travel and hiking/walking tracks.
  • I needed somewhere to act as a holding facility for my recipes.
  • I felt as though I needed somewhere where if I wanted to write about midlife or hiking or wellness or whatever else I felt like, that I could.

So, going forward, the Hungry Writer stable of websites (for want of a better term) will be as follows:

Joanne Tracey – The Hungry Writer

This website will be all about books and writing. That’s it.

You can find links to my novels here plus more on writing, reading and publishing. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book or are simply curious about the process, duck on over for a look.

And Anyways – the rambles of a hungry writer

You’re here now.

What can you expect to see? Pretty much the places that inspire me, whatever I’m loving now, and anything else that I feel like rambling on with.

Naturally, there’ll be travel – and probably some food inspired by that travel. There’ll also be the weekly and monthly catch-ups, the lovin’ life linky on a Thursday, and maybe even some wellness stuff as I get into training for a long distance hike I’m planning towards in 2020. Some days it might just be a photo or three.

Brookford Kitchen Diaries

If it’s recipes that you’re after, duck on over to Brookford Kitchen Diaries. On Brookford Kitchen Diaries, I blog about food – and only food. It’s my kitchen diary – where I tell you what I’m cooking, what’s inspiring me, what I’m procrastibaking and what I’m testing to use in my next novel. Some weeks there’ll be recipes, and some weeks it will be more of a ramble.

Why Brookford?

A couple of years I published a book titled Wish You Were Here. The leading lady in that book was a character named Maxine (Max) Henderson. Max lived in a (fictional) village in The Cotswolds called Brookford.

Max worked in a nursery in Brookford – one of those ones that sell gifts as well as plants, with a little local produce on the side.  She took what was in season and wrote a monthly newsletter for the shop – what to plant, what to harvest, and what to do with it. It was a kitchen diary of sorts, detailing what she’d been baking or cooking from the ingredients available – seasonal home cooking at it’s absolute best.

Max now lives in Queenstown and is still baking, but through her, I’ve discovered a love for writing about food – so much that my new novel, Happy Ever After, also falls firmly into foodie lit territory. This time though, food and family are closely intertwined.


In 2017 we escaped Sydney and drove over 1000kms north to the piece of paradise that is the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland.

If you’re travelling to the Sunshine Coast and want to know what to do, where to go and what to eat when you get there, this blog is for you. You’ll find it here.

What happens now?

If you’ve signed up to receive notifications of new posts from both this site and my author site you might notice some duplication of posts over the next few weeks as I transfer some travel posts across to here and as I ease into the change. If you think you’ve read it before, you probably have.

This should all be done and dusted by the beginning of December, so thanks for bearing with me in the meantime.


Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser