Cultivating Greenleaf Press – Interview with Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison is the dynamic force behind this wonderful new initiative in providing critical support to creators and small businesses. The award-winning author and presenter kindly shares with us the logistics of her blossoming resource, Greenleaf Press. Thanks, Aleesah! Congratulations on your newest venture with Greenleaf Press! What is your vision for this service and how did it come about? I have quite a large vision for Greenleaf. At the moment, I’m developing and growing the bu...
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#InterviewByBook with Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Title: Charlie’s Adventures...in Hawaii Author: Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern​ Illustrator: Sophie Norsa Publisher: Little Steps Publishing Genre: Children’s picture book, Adventure, Travel Age Group: 3 to 6 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. ‘Charlie’s Adventures...in Hawaii’ is the first book in the ‘Charlie’s Adventures...’ series. Charlie is off on his first adventure with his family to Hawaii! His friend, Kai and his dad, Amoka, take Charlie on a discovery of cl...
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#InterviewByBook with Karen Hughes

Title: Kalika Magic Author: Karen Hughes Cover design: Andrew Carraro Publisher: Kalika Magic Genre: Fantasy Age Group: 9+   Please tell us a bit of what your book series is about. The Kalika Magic series is set in the land of Gort, where the tribal Kalika people live in tree houses in the forest. The series follows the adventures of five children who must work together to protect the Kalika people and their land. Emerald Child introduces the Kalika children, Kai...
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#InterviewByBook with Rhonda Brown

Title: ​​Hello Rainbow Author:​ Rhonda Brown Illustrator:​ Trevor Salter Publisher: ​Oombee Woombee Books Genre: ​Children’s Picture Book Age Group:​ 3 – 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Hello Rainbow is a funny, rhyming story that teaches young children about colours and colour mixing. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? English (language and rhyme), art (colours and colour mixing), numeracy (seven colours in a rainbow) and humour. ...
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#InterviewByBook with Adele Jones

Title: Activate Author: Adele Jones Illustrator: N/A Publisher: Rhiza Press (YA/Adult imprint of Aussie children’s publisher Wombat Books) Genre: Techno-crime thriller Age Group: Young adult (13+) Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Activate is the final book in the Blaine Colton trilogy. The teenage hero, Blaine, is a survivor of a genetic disorder, thanks to some pretty cool gene therapy. Activate begins with Blaine living a secret life to protect him from enemies he...
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Reflecting on 2016 with the JWFK Team

2016 has been a tremendously eventful year on the blog, with establishing the Directory, a cascade of amazing interviewees and guest posters, and invaluable tips and news updates made available. And I couldn't have done it all without the support and dedication of my wonderful team of bloggers and the Australian kidlit community. So, thank you! I feel blessed to be a part of this always-inspiring world. To celebrate, a few of us Just Write For Kids bloggers got together to reflect personally ...
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#InterviewByBook with Adam Wallace

Title: Zombie Inspiration Author: Adam Wallace Illustrator: James Hart Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press Genre: Zombie/Comedy/Personal Development Age Group: 9-13 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Well, this is a totally, absolutely, fully, nearly almost true story about me when I was at high school and the zombie apocalypse hit the world! It’s about my search for someone who inspires me, and that inspiration comes from the most unlikely source … the zombies themselves! ...
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#InterviewByBook with Kris Sheather

Title: The Green Goggles Author: Kris Sheather Illustrator: Kris Sheather Publisher: Ormiston Press Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 2-6 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Pete wakes up excited because it’s his birthday. He’s disappointed with his presents until he receives a pair of green goggles. Wearing the goggles ignites his imagination and his backyard is transformed. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The first theme is on emotional rea...
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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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