#InterviewByBook with Elizabeth Mary Cummings

Title: Mrs.T and the Magic Pencil Author: Elizabeth Mary Cummings Illustrator: Johanna Roberts Publisher: Elizabeth Cummings Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4-7 What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The idea that someone can make a lasting impact on a child’s life is the core of this story. Themes such as self-esteem, caring, childhood memories also feature. How are these important to you in raising awareness to your readers? For readers of this story I hope t...
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Penny Morrison – Riding the Wave part 2

This is the second part of my interview with Penny Morrison, author of Captain Sneer the Buccaneer, the Hey! series and The Mighty Mighty King Christmas Book which is hot off the press! See part 1 here. In this part Penny tells about the struggles this writing life throws up and the things that encourage her to keep going. Penny, how are you linked in with a writing community? My writers’ group runs through the NSW Writers’ Centre, where members can use a room for their group meetin...
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#InterviewByBook with Mary Anastasiou

Title: I want to be a Rock Star Author: Mary Anastasiou Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: Lil'Rebel Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5-10 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. 'I want to be a Rock Star' is a discovery of the many genres of music through imagination and play. Join Luke (and Ralphie) as they imagine their way through the magic of music. From country, rap and punk to disco, jazz and rock, you'll discover that all little Rock Stars' dreams begin wi...
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Bonding with Bill Condon and All of Us Together

Today’s guest is Australian author Bill Condon who is well-known for his prize-winning YA and junior novels. Bill’s books have CBCA short-listed four times and he was the inaugural winner of the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for Youth Literature. Bill’s latest book, a gentle and sometimes heart wrenching junior novel about a loving family struggling to make ends meet in the 1930s Great Depression, has just been released. It is All of Us Together, published by a new Australian imprint, About ...
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The Business of Writing: How to be an Authorpreneur

For many of creative people, it is difficult to take off the ‘creative hat’, so to speak, and put on the ‘business hat’. However, in this day and age of living in a noisy and busy world it is vital. Allison Tait interviewed Hazel Edwards in 2013 about the business of writing in her blog post The Business of Writing: How to be an Authorpreneur. Check out the interview as it is chock  full of information. Hazel walks the talk when it comes to authorpreneurship. She has written the book on it, l...
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Promoting Creativity… one mouthful at a time

Interview with Emma Ellice-Flint (Nutritionist) Emma is a nutritionist and a former chef and as passionate as we are about empowering children through story, Emma is passionate about making a difference to people's lives through nutrition and natural medicine. Emma welcomes and treats patients with all conditions but digestive wellness and hormone balance are topics close to her heart. So much so that she wrote an evidenced-based cookbook about female hormone balance called The Happy Hormo...
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#InterviewByBook with Brydie Wright

Title: Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo Author: Brydie Wright Illustrator: In-house Illustrating team Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services Genre: children’s picture book Age Group: preschool and early primary Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. It’s about a little boy who worships his daddy but can’t work out where he disappears to for hours on end. He makes it his mission to find out the answer to this great mystery and what his mummy thinks of it all. What kinds of t...
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Breaking Through the Block by Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Guest Post by Teena Raffa-Mulligan We are fortunate enough to have Teena Raffa-Mulligan here today sharing her personal journey and expertise in dealing with the dreaded 'mental block'. Much appreciated advice, thank you! 😄 ___________________________ What do you do when the right words won’t come? Most writers come up against this at one time or another. Some stories are hard to write. You know what you want to say but telling your story feels like trying to run uphill against a...
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Magazine Matters

One of the ways to get your work published and build up your author/illustrator portfolio and presence is to submit stories/illustrations to magazines. Magazines don’t skimp on the quality of work they accept, but they have a higher through-put of stories than is possible when publishing books. Have a look in industry magazines and newsletters for publications that are specifically calling out for submissions. One such publication is The School Magazine. It’s iconic, and I’ve yet to see i...
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Review: A Moving Picture Book Dealing with Love, Loss, Family and Legacy

One Photo picture book, Penguin Books, Ross Watkins, Liz Anelli
One Photo, Ross Watkins (author), Liz Anelli (illus.), Penguin Books, 2016 Dad came home one day with one of those old cameras, the kind that use film. But Dad didn’t take photos of the regular things people photograph... Created by Ross Watkins (who you may know as the illustrator of The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree, written by Gary Crew), the story in One Photo is at once moving, poignant, timely and inspirational. Many adults will be sure to identify with the story, which revolves around th...
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