I’ve had a ‘multi-skilled’ work career … the fault of a constant need to be challenged, and possibly a rebellious streak that makes me, in perfect Leo-like logic bend the rules – to do it ‘my way’. My way or the highway, sort of thing. Most times over those 20+ ‘career choices’, my way was… Read More The Death of Childhood?
Have you ever succumbed to the temptation of not trusting verbs to do their job? Like if your hero ‘walked slowly down the road‘ when he could’ve trudged, ambled, plodded, tramped, staggered, crawled … you get the picture? Maybe you’ve become a bit of a writer-ly ‘adverb-Nazi’? Scouring your manuscripts of those haughty, naughty adverbs? … Read More To ADVERB or NOT? That is the question.
Some people are much more comfortable writing first drafts, rushing along like a fully-laden diesel train, without stopping until the end to check the load. Me, I’m like that little old red, steam engine that could … you know the one, I think I can, I think I can…. ad nuaseum … chugging along, steadily,… Read More Finding your story … easier said than done
I’m thrilled to host my friend and author, the lovely Angela Sunde, on the occasion of the launch of her new novel for kids, Snap Magic. Angela’s own tweenhood experiences were the inspiration for Snap Magic’s cringe worthy laugh-out-loud moments. As she says, ‘Writing Snap Magic took me right back to being twelve years old.… Read More Jumping into the waters of Independent Publishing … interviewing Angela Sunde, author
When children’s author and illustrator, Peter Carnavas asked me to launch his new picture book, THE CHILDREN WHO LOVED BOOKS at Avid Reader Bookshop in Brisbane, I jumped at the chance. It was a great honour to do this for Peter – his books are always a pleasure to read, for adults and for children, and… Read More Launching THE CHILDREN WHO LOVED BOOKS
Have you ever wondered how authors and illustrators get their ideas? Or about the process involved to bring a new book to life? In this National Year of Reading 2012, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Queensland (SCBWI) have collated a special exhibition… JOURNEY OF A BOOK: Celebrating books, from idea to publication… Read More SCBWI Queensland authors’ and illustrators’ exhibition