Josey’s top tip for aspiring authors: Never give up and seize any opportunity – believe in the brilliance of your work.
Josey Hurley is a clinical psychologist who has worked in both educational and private settings. She loves stories – telling stories, reading stories and writing stories, that instil problem-solving skills, resilience and courage. Throughout her clinical work, she has seen the power and impact of words connecting to children’s lives by enabling them to feel safe in their world, manage their world, and to not feel alone.
She lives with her family on the South Coast of Western Australia.
Max the Mighty is her first children’s picture book.
Why do you write? I love words and the genesis of them and am enthralled by the magic that happens and the messages that can be conveyed when the words become sentences that burst with life and connect us to each other.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? My other two passions – working as a clinical psychologist and spending quality time in my art studio exploring the realms of pastels, acrylics and oils. I see both these areas equally as creative and I continue to be engaged with all three and feel very blessed that I am able to do so. And may it never stop!
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Getting a rung on the board. Even though I have had ‘other’ items published (academic) this was different and more difficult. When I met with publishers they were impressed, but I was unknown in this genre.
How involved have you been in the development of your books? Do you have input into the cover/illustrations? Yes, as it is about bringing the words alive and I have re-shined my negotiating skills. Finding a great Illustrator was essential and I have been very fortunate in finding the right match – which has resulted in a joyous journey.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Finding people that encourage and ‘get’ you.
—the worst? Editing – how many drafts?
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer?
I would hungrily search for more support networks, such as SCBWI through which I made contact with the talented Teena Raffa-Mulligan.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That it is a process that takes time and time and time and time – so you need stamina and perseverance.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Never give up.
Max the Mighty
Written by Josey Hurley, Illustrated by Katherine Appleby
Max is a much-loved dog with a great big problem: his mum and dad love the beach, but Max is terrified of the ocean! This is a charming book about challenging your fears, and learning to have a great time in the process.
Links to Sales Sites and Author Website
Dennis Jones is the National Distributor – Angus and Robertson/Booktopia/The Nile/Fishpond/QBD/Abbeys/Paperbark Merchants/Little Steps plus others.
Website being developed.
Direct sales to:
Josey Hurley email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Appleby website