In Conversation, The Australian Children’s Laureates

Last night I had the pleasure in joining Australian Children’s Laureates Jackie French (current) and Alison Lester (2012-2013) in the beautiful Harper Collins offices in Sydney, as they discussed what it means to be the Australian Children’s Laureate. To Alison, The Laureate is about reaching out to communities that have been left behind. She believesContinue reading “In Conversation, The Australian Children’s Laureates”

Pitch Perfect

It’s been a busy couple of weeks – months actually. Last weekend I attended a course on pitch writing with Claire Craig from Pan McMillan. The take away message: The simpler the better. Using the best words in the best order. Deconstruct, delayer and get to the core of the story, then write a pitchContinue reading “Pitch Perfect”

Year of the Horse

I have finally waved my little Princess off for her first week at big school, an emotional week for me. I’m trying to think of it as a start to a new era rather then the end of one, but we’ve had so much fun hanging out together for the last 4 and 3/4 years,Continue reading “Year of the Horse”

Showing my age at the ARIA awards night

My husband Sean and I were lucky enough to get invited to this years ARIA awards night in Sydney. For those of you overseas the ARIA’s is the night of nights in the Australian Music Calendar, and always has a long list of celebrities strutting their stuff on the red carpet. I must confess, I’mContinue reading “Showing my age at the ARIA awards night”

PiBoIdMo Begins

  This year I have decided to participate in the PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) challenge. It starts tomorrow, and the challenge is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. The ideas need only be very basic ideas, but will hopefully provide a bank of ideas to work from over the next 12Continue reading “PiBoIdMo Begins”

Monsters Under the Bed

I had the pleasure of attending the Talking Writing event at the NSW Writers’ Centre last night, where Kate Forsyth, Nyssa Harkness and Matt Finch discussed monsters and villains in kid’s and YA fiction. One of the most interesting parts of the discussion, for me anyway, was what makes monsters and villains suitable for children’sContinue reading “Monsters Under the Bed”

I’m procrastinating!

I’m procrastinating! I need to think of a scary creature that lives next door to my main character in my Marty Scott  chapter book series and I can’t. I can’t move the story forward until I’ve worked out what it is. It needs to make a scary noise and look pretty terrifying, but turn outContinue reading “I’m procrastinating!”

An Amazing two weeks

On Monday 16th September I attended the Sydney SCBWI meeting. It was a fantastic evening and the passionate and successful children’s author Aleesah Darlison, spoke about the business of writing and marketing yourself as a children’s author. She shared her experience of how to secure book reviews, press opportunities and school visits, and talked aboutContinue reading “An Amazing two weeks”

My Middle Grade Novel is finished!!…

My Middle Grade Novel is finished!!… Yey, what an exciting ride that was, it’s 37,000 words and I’m thrilled at how it has come together. Now for the hard part, revising, revising and revising again. I have a lot of work to do on the dialogue, don’t be surprised if you find me out andContinue reading “My Middle Grade Novel is finished!!…”