Writing the Dream Launch

An inspirational collection of writers’ personal stories was one of the special projects I was involved in this year. It was a privilege to be invited to share my story and when it was accepted, to know that in Writing the Dream I’m joining so many of my writer friends who continue to inspire, encourage and support me in my own creative journey. Sandi Bowie celebrated the launch with this blog post, which it’s my pleasure to share with you today.

Sandi Parsons, Proud Book Nerd

Writing the Dream was officially launched on 18th November 2016 at the Centre for Stories in Northbridge.

writing-the-dream-display Writing the Dream Display. Photo credit: Teena Raffa-Mulligan

With 25 authors, scattered around Australia, not everyone could attend the launch…

writing-the-dream-authors Writing the Dream authors attending the launch

 … But Jenn J McLeod, did the next best thing with this ‘photobomb’ all the way from the East Coast.

Jenn J McLeod photobombing Louise Allan and Tess Woods Jenn J McLeod photobombing Louise Allan and Tess Woods. Photo credit: Teena Raffa-Mulligan & Jenn J McLeod

Serenity Press team, Karen and Monique looked gorgeous on the night. Their individual speeches and ambitions for Serenity Press are inspiring.

karen-and-monique Karen and Monique. Photo credit: Teena Raffa-Mulligan

I’ve been fortunate that the people I’ve met along my writing journey have been incredibly supportive, particularly those I have met through the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I was overjoyed to be included in this anthology,  and the fact that I was able…

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Meet the author: Nicola Moriarty

Nicola’s top tip for authors: Just keep writing! Try out different genres and different writing styles until you find your perfect fit. Take on board feedback, but don’t let criticism define you and don’t let it shape your writing unless you want it to. Write for the joy of telling a story, write because you have a need to share a story with the world.

nicola-bwNicola Moriarty is a Sydney-based novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum, consuming copious amounts of cocoa-based products and studying a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop. She has published two novels and one novella along with contributing short stories to the two UK ‘Sunlounger’ anthologies. Her next novel, The Fifth Letter, will be published in 2017 in Australia, the US and the UK. She blogs sporadically on her website here: www.nicolamoriarty.com.au

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? Because it’s addictive! I love to tell stories and I love to read stories and I love the thought of other people consuming my work!

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? Probably teaching. I did half of my teaching diploma at uni when I was completing my BA with the intention of becoming a high school English teacher – but I didn’t follow through because my writing ended up consuming me!

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Fear and self-doubt. I procrastinated sending my first manuscript off to an agent because I was terrified of what would happen if they hated it.

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? The fact that I’m doing what I love and the flexibility it provides me to spend time with my family.

—the worst? The continued fear and self-doubt! Any time I receive a bad review or a rejection letter or even if I just find myself stuck and can’t get any words written on a certain day, the insecure person inside comes out to tell me I can’t do it and to just give up. But luckily perseverance and a glass of wine usually sees me through and I can silence the inner critic!

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I don’t think I’d change too much – I’m pretty happy with how my journey has progressed so far, but maybe I’d spend more time researching before writing that first book? Although then again, perhaps that would be a mistake and would just turn into another way to procrastinate!

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That it will never be enough. For me, I’m always striving for that next goal and each time I think it will bring me satisfaction. i.e. landing an agent, landing a publisher, your first great review, your first sale, your next book deal, your first overseas book deal. You always think the next step is going to be the one that makes you feel like you’ve made it… but I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever have that complete sense of satisfaction. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe if I felt completely satisfied, I’d stop trying to be a better writer.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Caroline Overington told me to read bad reviews of my work out loud in a silly, loud, over the top voice until it makes me fall about laughing. I absolutely love that advice!

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thefifthletter_ausThe Fifth Letter

Nicola Moriarty

 

 

Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina try to catch up once a year for some days away together. Now in their thirties, commitments have pulled them in different directions, and the closeness they once enjoyed seems increasingly elusive. This year, determined to revive their intimacy, they each share a secret in an anonymous letter to be read out during the holiday. But instead of bringing them closer, the revelations seem to drive them apart. Then a fifth letter is discovered, venting long-held grudges, and it seems that one of the women is in serious danger. But who was the author? And which of them should be worried?

THE FIFTH LETTER examines the bonds of women’s friendship groups, and the loyalty and honesty they require. It looks also at the pain of letting go of obsessions and relationships that once seemed essential but have hollowed and withered.

The book will be released in January. It is available for pre-orders from Booktopia and Amazon.

 

 

Meet the Author: Sian Turner

Sian’s top tip: Don’t give up. Listen to and learn from the advice of people in the industry.

scbwi-march-2015-094-2Sian Turner spent a happy childhood growing up in Perth alongside her four siblings. Being part of a big family meant there was great company to share in imagination games, freedom to roam streets on bikes, and plenty of time to read books in the branches of a jacaranda tree in the backyard. Sian discovered she loved writing in primary school. She thrived on encouragement from teachers, and success in the CBCA Make Your Own Storybook competition. She carried this love through to her first career of physiotherapy, completing both an Honours degree, and a PhD while working on the busy wards of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Sian and husband James moved to the coastal town of Albany in 2007, where they have delighted raising their three children and tending a beautiful garden on their property. With this new chapter in her life, Sian has been excited to return to writing fiction – stories which she hopes will inspire and entertain this next generation as great books encouraged her when she was young. Beyond Our Garden Gate is her first published story. She is looking forward to the release of a second book with Wild Eyed Press in 2017. The NSW Education Department’s School Magazine is also publishing a couple of her pieces next year.

Find out more about Sian at her website: http://www.sianturnerbooks.com/

 

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? I get great satisfaction playing around with words and ideas and seeing these evolve into stories. It’s addictive. The more I sit down and put pen to paper, the more I crave these opportunities of focus.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I’m a mother to three young children so I’m very busy in this role. Before the kids, I was a physiotherapist and active in both research and clinical roles at a major teaching hospital. I don’t think I’ll return to physiotherapy as a profession though, I’m enjoying writing too much, and have opportunities to develop our garden and property into bed and breakfast accommodation in the future.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Time and self-doubt following rejection letters.

How involved have you been in the development of your book? Did you have input into the illustrations? Because the manuscript is written from the children’s imagination, I was able to provide a guide of what I envisaged the children were doing in the real world to accompany the story.

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Being able to escape into the worlds of my characters and watching them grow as the story twists with time.

—the worst? Having to come up to speed with social media!

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Have a more organised filing system … it’s improving.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? Don’t get too over-enthusiastic with your first story drafts. Sit on them for a while before showing anyone.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? As above – file your stories away for a while before sending them off. A fresh glance a few months later can make the world of difference.

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Prince Tom and Princess Molly must climb, run and fly to save their friend from a dragon. Sian Turner’s story of an adventurous day in the Australian Bush comes to life with Irene King’s playful illustrations.

 

The book is available from selected retailers and  http://www.wildeyedpress.com.au/

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Winfried Sedhoff

Winfried’s top tip: If you want to do it commit to it, don’t go in halfhearted or you’ll be setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. If we are committed we do whatever it takes to succeed; we learn, adapt, do as many rewrites as we need to until we get the result we want. We learn how publishing works, and how to build a following. If we don’t commit then when the going gets tough we are far more likely to bail.

winfried-sedhoff-5Dr Winfried Sedhoff is a physician with a special interest in mental health. Born in Germany he grew up in Albury, NSW and graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales in 1987. In his early twenties and barely two years after graduating, having endured many years of intermittent depression – especially at high school and university – Winfried suffered a life-threatening personal crisis. Forsaking all he believed, including a promising specialised medical career, he spent twelve months in self-imposed isolation in a small rental unit in Sydney and began an internal quest to find himself, and a sense of unquestionable truth. His success has allowed him to create a life that has been both personally satisfying and feels his own.
He no longer suffers depression. More than twenty years later his personal realisations form the foundation of models and ideas that are successfully helping patients overcome depression and anxiety, and develop a true and honest sense of authentic self.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fall-and-Rise-of-Women/1901966863363162
Weblink: http://www.winfriedsedhoff.com

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? There are two main reasons I write:

  • to better understand and improve myself
  • to share

Writing gives me time to reflect on how people and events of my past helped to shape the person I am today – it helps me resolve long-held fears, and grow from disappointments and heartaches. When I write I reflect. Writing also gives me the wonderful opportunity to share with people, other than just patients I meet as a GP (General Practitioner). Like many others I’d like to think I can help make the world a better place, even if it is in just a small way.

What would you be doing if weren’t a writer? Probably more work as a counselling GP. Maybe run more seminars to help people overcome mental illness, teaching them skills to live more fulfilling, meaningful, lives. It’s hard not to see myself writing though.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Getting published wasn’t that hard. I decided early I’d self-publish my first book so I could set the tone, content and agenda. This was in the non-fiction, self-help genre. There are many self-publishing options these days making getting published pretty easy. Getting a publishing contract with a publishing house – where they foot the bill – is much harder. For instance, in the self-help genre I learnt that unless you are already well-known, or have a large media profile such as a large regular social media following, the main houses aren’t that interested, and neither are the agents that submit to them.

What are the best and worst aspects of your writing life? The best part is hearing how my words have helped improve someone else’s life, and being able to listen to other people’s stories. Writing stimulates conversation, and a willingness in others to want to share their tale. I have had the privilege of being able to meet many amazing and resilient people with wonderful inspirational tales to tell.

The worst part, since I write part-time, is not catching up with friends as much as I know I should. Thankfully, they are very understanding.

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Seek the help of a professional editor really early. As I was struggling to find my voice I found it hard to know if I was on the right track, and where I needed to improve. Family and friends, I discovered, aren’t much help; they aren’t in the industry, and don’t know the standard we need to achieve. I have found contact with editors invaluable.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? Be patient, and never give up. Writing takes time and perseverance. It’s very rare we achieve our objectives as early as we’d like. It’s important to remember there will be times where we will probably cry in frustration and with a deep sense of hopelessness – I’m not good enough, it’ll never come together! This isn’t the time to throw in the towel. The lesson I learnt about what distinguishes a writer from a failed wannabe writer is the writer struggles on, no matter what.
BOOK BYTE

the-fall-and-rise-of-women-smlIt’s 2016, so why are women still treated as second class citizens? That’s the question asked by Dr Winfried Sedhoff in his new book, The Fall and Rise of Women.
Dr Sedhoff says that unrealistic expectations thrust upon women to be everything to everyone all at once – mothers, workers, parents, and carers – has created a plethora of issues and leaves many unable to reach their true selves. In the book Dr Sedhoff looks at how different cultures treat women and the sociological effects, and shows readers:

  • why women are often treated poorly simply for being a woman, and what you can do to change that
  • how to build meaningful friendships with other women and be supported
  • simple things you can do to make your relationships closer, satisfying and stable, by better meeting the friendship needs of your partner, and vice versa
  • how to create a balanced life, calm your mind, improve your mental health, and increase your wisdom, tolerance, & compassion
  • ways to enhance your spirituality, connect with nature, uncover sources of peace, strength and focus
  • how to connect with your authentic self, and be a better parent and carer

Thought provoking and empowering, The Fall and Rise of Women shows how to regain your transformational power, improve your life, and help change the world.

The book is available here

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Lucy Desoto

LUCY’S TOP WRITING TIP:  Always maintain back-up copies on a separate hard drive. Give your editor’s advice due consideration and defer to them. Enjoy what you write by pursuing your ideas like a lover pursuing the beloved and if you lose your passion for your subject, refresh the romance by taking a break, a temporary separation while you spend enough time elsewhere forgetting the reasons why you’re bored, irritated or otherwise over it. Above all, respect yourself by honouring your muse. Check out her website at www.lucydesoto.com

Lucy Desoto was raised in Sydney’s Western suburbs in the 1960s and ’70s and graduated with the Higher School Certificate in 1977 from Sydney’s Fort Street High School. After suspending studies for a Bachelor of Arts in 1979, she went on to become went on to become the editor of the Sydney University Union Recorder while writing songs and playing in inner city pubs in The Living Daylights, her first band. Inspired by the song, Lucy took a walk on the wild side, playing the blues and rock music in bands with various line-ups around the country throughout the 1980s and throughout her life so far. Lucy returned to Sydney University in 1997 and graduated with a first class honours degree in Media Arts in 2000. In 2002, she was awarded a Commonwealth stipend to undertake a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her doctoral thesis focused on the modes and influence of unofficial cultural practice in Australian history. In 2007 the production component of her doctoral work, a documentary film titled, Rock ’n’ Roll Outlaw, was invited to screen at The Melbourne International Film Festival to wide acclaim. The film was dedicated to her partner of 22 years, an Australian rock musician of renown, the late Pete Wells who died in 2006. Lucy  with her band, The Handsome Devils continued to play in inner city bars and pubs in Sydney until her decision to re-locate to Alice Springs in 2013, where she wrote the book Australia Rocks, her first commercially published work.

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? Like a composer or any artist, for me the creative process gives life its meaning and like a mountaineer or a marathon runner, I enjoy the challenge. Writing is an immersive experience, so I think, like most people who write, you have to be comfortable in your own skin and with your own company so you can get to that place where you’re just working in the moment, forgetting the time and just spinning a yarn for yourself, and maybe to share with others.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I don’t know what I’d be doing otherwise. Maybe I’d be a statistic in a mental health ward. There’s an old Zen Buddhist saying, goes something like “fetching water, chopping wood”. To me it doesn’t matter what you’re doing – whether it’s writing or serving in a bar or washing cars or traveling the world in a rock band, the simple things in life are the main things to be doing well and the rest will follow – basic self-respect, care for others, cook, clean, work, play, sleep…enlightenment.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Time. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I spent a lot of time researching and writing material that was never published, but if you have the capacity for working without an eye on any particular outcome, and a willingness to develop the virtue of patience, then while you use your obstacle to write, then your toughest obstacle to becoming published passes of itself.

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Deep listening. Australian Indigenous writer Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann speaks of deep listening as a way of being that is similar to a state of contemplation. In her language, the term is “dadirri”. From what I understand, that’s a big part of human perception, the way to wholeness, and through being able to listen deeply to the silence within, you can gain access to a kind of gateway to soulfulness. That’s where you can begin to listen to your muse. As an adult, that essentially is the best, most comfortable and rewarding place to be, but that’s just me.

—the worst? Poverty. Living below the breadline is no fun, and being forced to do time working for a pittance is hard on your mental health. Australian writers and artists are among the least valued in the world. It’s a disgrace, but these days it’s part of the national agenda. Being a true Australian means you’ll cast your vote for living in an economy rather than a society. Now more than ever we’re encouraged to celebrate and support a lack of imagination, narrow-mindedness and shallow voracity as a matter of national policy and pride. Corporate culture is pitiless infection.

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I’m not sure I understand this question because I could be wrong but I think the assumption is that there’s something in particular that I could do in the past, and that would adjust things so that the present would be different, and not just different, but better. If I were starting out as a writer now, how would I benefit from hindsight by doing something differently? And my answer to that is, the whole process is so organic that if you did something differently it would all be different – not necessarily better, but not the same as it is. I don’t think I’d do anything differently because it is what it is.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? I wish someone had told me a beautiful secret, full of rich insights and practical advice that I could simply adopt as a way of life that would make everything feel like an effortless ecstatic dream, while in reality I became healthier, wealthier and wiser with each passing day. I didn’t really set out to become an author, to be honest. I enjoy writing and I enjoy the research process but I didn’t give a thought to ‘becoming an author’. I just followed the shape of the book project as it emerged from day to day and now there’s a lovely book that I wrote, and I’m very happy I did it, because it seems a lot of people are very pleased with the result.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

“Life is mainly froth and bubble/Two things stand like stone.

Kindness in another’s trouble/Courage in your own.”

These are the words my father would often recite in a philosophical tone and never with any sense of irony, and with such regularity that they’ve stuck to me like a tattoo on my memory. They were written by the Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon sometime in the 1850s and come from his poem “Ye Wearie Wayfarer”.  I think my grandfather passed the words down to my father, and they’ve now become a familiar part of the family conversation – like an old saying.

BOOK BYTE

australia-rocks  Australia Rocks,

Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s

by Lucy Desoto

 

Australian rock music has a rich history of performers and bands that have created not just the soundtrack for Australian lives but have also shaped the international music scene. In the early days of the 1950s and ‘60s, Australian rock saw performers like Johnny O’Keefe and The Easybeats. The 1970s saw Cold Chisel and AC/DC, among others, performing to packed halls locally. AC/DC turned this into international success, blasting through three decades of touring and performing. However, it was only in the 1980s and 1990s that Australian rock truly made its mark on the international stage with iconic bands such as Men at Work, Midnight Oil and INXS. Australia Rocks brings the bands and the times to life through unique photographs and evocative text. Written by a rock musician, it also goes beyond the ‘big names’ to highlight the many independent, often lesser-known performers who played such an integral part in shaping the industry, and shines a light on how rock music was not only influenced by global events (the Vietnam War, for example) but also formed part of enormous cultural shifts (the Swinging Sixties, the protest movement, etc.).

From the demure dance halls of the 1950s to the smoke-filled pubs of the 1970s and the packed concerts of the 1990s and beyond, Australia Rocks will have music lovers dusting off their vinyl collection and remembering the good times.

Available now from http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/9781775592983.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Marina J

Marina J’s top tip for aspiring authors: Write lots.  I’ve been writing a regular blog since 2008, and when I look back at them I smile, mostly in shock, because I write so differently now. Also I don’t write in different coloured paragraphs anymore, which I slightly miss.

img_6712-marinajMarina J teaches women one of the most important skills of all: How to get your fabulous back after upset with him, with her, or with life in general – because your happiness is everything. A relationship expert, best selling author and speaker, she has helped thousands of women around the world live the life they always knew they were meant to be in. She loves to write regularly as a contributor to magazines, newspapers and websites and has been known to do the odd interview on TV and radio. She is married to the love of her life and lives with their daughter by the beach near Sydney. She can be found at www.marinaj.net

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? To reach you, sitting like you are right now, wondering how you’re going to get “there”, because I know how determined you are to get “there” and so that’s why I write. Because I want you “there” already too! And I know how to get you there.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? What I’m doing right now – which is helping women turn their power on and get their fabulous BACK after upset with him, with her or with life in general – because life can get a bit bumpy along the way. I coach women around the world and have been for more than a decade.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Finding a decent publisher. Nine days after we launched I walked away from my publisher via a fabulous lawyer.  I wouldn’t be the author of Turn Yourself On if I didn’t stand up for myself. It’s so important to have good people surrounding your book and unfortunately in the beginning, I didn’t.

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? I actually don’t like being a writer (see below!)

—the worst? Being stuck in a room by myself writing!  Now I’m lovely, don’t get me wrong – but I’m more of a speaker actually. So I’ve written my book as if I’m sitting next to you, which helps me feel that I’m in the room with you when I write, so I don’t get too forlorn.

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I’d self publish right off the bat.  Unless I found a publisher brave enough to keep the energy and tone of my book so as not to make yet another homogenous book (it happens more than you realise) and, who would and could, allot me good PR.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That I didn’t need a publisher; I reached #1 on the Amazon best seller list in the UK and USA without them.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? That when you first write something down, sometimes it will be ‘bang on’. Other times, it just doesn’t quite hit the mark. Know then that it’s simply a draft and for most of what you write it will go through several drafts (or many!) as you hone your message. This stops you from beating yourself up and lets the real you come out and play. My film director friend told me this is normal for every script he writes or has seen and as such took a huge weight off my shoulders.

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turnyourselfonWhether you’re down in the dumps after a relationship break up, feeling insecure with where you are in life, or just craving a drastic change, it can be difficult to put the wheels in motion.
Turn Yourself On is a practical guide to turning your life around.
A #1 Amazon best-seller in just three hours, Turn Yourself On is the ultimate guide to getting your happiness mojo back after upset with him, her, or just life in general. In the book Marina J shows readers how to:

  • turn on your confidence, sensuality & self-love
  • stop self-sabotaging your own success
  • heal the deep hurt caused by relationship breakdowns
  • get better at asking for (and getting) what you want
  • feel secure with yourself, and learn to put you first
  • become the positive change you need

Filled with relatable examples, practical tools and techniques, Turn Yourself On is an empowering read to help you live with greater happiness. This is your best friend and handbook for life.

Sales site: https://marinaj.net/shop/books/turn-yourself-on/

Meet the Author: JR Poulter

JR’s top tip for aspiring authors: Read what you write aloud to yourself or to another person whose opinion you respect and who respects you.  You’ll pick up breaks in flow, narrative gaps or inconsistencies better, and see more clearly where to build on or delete, character development  points, mood builders, scene setters etc that way more effectively.

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Muza Ulasowski and JR Poulter with a selection of Word Wings picture books.

JR Poulter once worked in a circus. This definitely qualifies her to write for children! She has been published in Australia, UK and USA, having more than 30 children’s and education books with mainstream publishers, has won major awards, including Children’s Choice, New Zealand, as well as digital editions in UK, Europe and USA. More books are due for release shortly. J.R. loves teaching children the fun to be had with words whether in poetry or prose and doing  dramatised book readings.  She created a picture book in collaboration with Craig Smith, for an enthusiastic, participatory  audience for the Lockyer Festival. She writes novels [including YA], award-winning literary poetry, short stories  and creates photography and artwork under JR McRae. Her greatest adventure, under both writing names, consists of global collaborations with more than 50 illustrators, book designers and translators across 22 countries.

Websites: http://www.jenniferrpoulter.weebly.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WordWingsPublishing

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? It’s a lifelong habit – too late to break now, besides I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I didn’t. The girl can’t help it! Poetry and prose have always fascinated me. I read anything I could get my hands on. If there were no books, I read the dictionary!

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? Mmmmm – a full-time artist/photographer perhaps; maybe an actress, jeweller, sculptor – something creative.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? The cost of posting off manuscripts when we had a literal handful of kids to feed, clothe etc etc.  This dates me…. I started writing in the days before  publishers would let you email submissions!

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? The joy of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and seeing what emerges – I love discovering the tale as it happens, discovering what’s next for this character, this situation… and collaborating, I love collaborating with illustrators and book designers because this adds another whole world of creativity to a plain text – it adds a universe to it!

An illustrator takes a hold of your story and they see the story’s universe. If the story family is sitting at the kitchen table, the illustrator will be the unseen guest, wandering round the kitchen, looking out the back window to see what’s there – paddock, distant mountains, back alley, neighbour’s fence – they’ll amble upstairs and look out the bedroom window to see what’s up the street; they’ll go downstairs and explore the yard, get to know the pets etc etc etc

—the worst? The editing, the databases to be filled in, the whole marketing and promo thing…

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I’m not sure … if you have the time and money, you can hobnob at all the international conferences, launches and social goings on but then that robs you of the essential ‘stand and stare’ precursor to writing time doesn’t it.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? I can’t say I ever set out to be an author, it was as unavoidable as growing up is inevitable. Writing from as early as I can remember, I didn’t have family support. Their focus was on sport. My mother didn’t like what I wrote but her discouraging comments didn’t work. It had the opposite effect, so I’m kind of glad I had that ‘reverse’ motivation!

What to beware of: The fine print!

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Write, write, write then write some more – never let a day slip by without writing!

ABOUT WORD WINGS PUBLISHING

Word Wings Publishing consists of the creative energies of more than 50 amazingly talented folk in more than 20 countries doing what they do best – creating beautiful illustrated books! Word Wings believes words are the wings that give imagination flight, that allow us to soar into the realms where dreams become possibilities, and possibilities become realities. This, essentially, is education – the opening of eyes to see and seize opportunities. Words entertain, liberate and educate and images give to words vivid visual impetus. As head of Word Wings, J.R. brings years of experience as a senior educator, reviewer, librarian and associate lecturer in English expression. She writes all the teacher notes and activity sheets to accompany the books.

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