Robert Vescio – Soaring

Robert’s interest in writing seems to be lifelong, showing up as a school student, but like me, when he had kids he fell in love with children’s books, especially picture books. He’s been writing now for over 5 years and in that time has published several short stories in various anthologies and four picture books , with more on the way. He's totally soaring! He's excited that his latest release, Jack and Mia with Wombat Books has just been placed on the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and he ha...
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Penny Morrison – Riding the Wave

Penny’s wonderful picture book Captain Sneer the Buccaneer (illustrated by Gabriel Evans and published by Walker Books) was released in September to great fanfare and Penny has been riding the wave of swashbuckling book launches and appearances around the Sydney area since. Penny also has a series of board books for preschoolers (The ‘Hey’ books, recently shortlisted for the CALEB award) and other Christian resources published by Christian Education Publications (CEP) over the last few years. He...
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Katrina Roe – author and presenter extraordinaire Part 3

Today we continue and conclude the interview with Katrina Roe, awesome author and radio presenter. To catch up, you can find part 2 here and part 1 here. Katrina, what have been the discouragements for you in the writing/publishing process? How did you deal with these? I’ve been fortunate that so far I’ve been totally happy with the finished product of all my books.  I do sometimes feel frustrated that my books haven’t reached a wider audience.  With Same especially, because the book is so...
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#InterviewByTheme with Jen Storer

We are more than delighted to have the vivacious Jen Storer here today tickling our funny bones with her cracking 'Comedy' themed answers! Thanks, Jen! 😜 🎭 What is the funniest book you've ever read? Unreliable Memoirs, by Clive James. Side splitting! What is it about writing for children that makes you happy? The freedom to stretch my imagination in all sorts of weird directions. Also the visuals: the illustrations, covers, standees, branding. It’s a visual feast ...
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#InterviewByTheme with Megan Higginson

We are exploding with excitement to welcome Megan Higginson to our 'Sci Fi and Fantasy' themed interview today! You're a gem! 🔮 🎇 What are the most imaginative books you've ever read? So many books. So little time. Hmmm. Unless I had a time machine. Ok. I’m breaking the rules. I love Sci-Fi and fantasy. Anne McCaffrey is my all time favourite author. I love her Dragon Riders of Pern series. She effortlessly combined Sci-Fi and fantasy. Ooo. Then there is Tony Diterlizzi’s W...
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#InterviewByTheme with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

It is truly lovely to welcome Teena Raffa-Mulligan to our 'Romance' themed interview on the blog today! You're very sweet! 😘 💕 If you could receive any gift from any children's author or illustrator, what would it be and who would it be from? I was finding it really tricky to come up with an answer to this one until I realised all the authors and illustrators whose books I’ve read and enjoyed over so many years have already given me the most wonderful gift of all: their sto...
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#InterviewByTheme with Susan Day

Get set for a zany, laugh-out-loud experience as Susan Day joins Just Write For Kids for a fun, 'Comedy' themed interview! Thanks, Susan! 😂 What is the funniest book you've ever read? Last year, I read “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson and I laughed so much I snorted and nearly fell out of bed! However, I just purchased “Gutsy Girl” by Caroline Paul. What an amazing, funny, warm book. Every ‘gutsy girl’ should get a copy; it’s inspirational. What is it about w...
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#InterviewByTheme with Karen Tyrrell

Prepare to be taken on an epic adventure because Karen Tyrrell is here to ignite our imaginations as she reveals all in our 'Sci-Fi' themed interview! We cannot wait! 👽💫 WHY & HOW I Write Sci-Fi by Karen Tyrrell Which Science Fiction literary character best represents you? Why? Jo-Kin, aka Joshua Atkins, Super Space Kid zooming across the galaxy to save Captain Astra and Planet Earth. He battles scary monsters and incredible robots all before Breakfast. He’s such an...
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#InterviewByTheme with Adam Wallace

Shut your eyes tight (no don't, you'll want to see this!) because Adam Wallace is here to scare us senseless with his answers to our 'Thriller' themed interview! Thanks, Adam! 😜   What is the scariest book you've ever read? Ummm, well, this is kind of a tricky one, because I don’t scare easily. I was reading thrillers and horror books when I was 10! James Herbert was a favourite of mine. But books that scared me? Okay, so Alice in Wonderland freaked me out. Seriously, what wa...
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#InterviewByTheme with RJ Simon

Just Write For Kids is pleased to have RJ Simon answering some of our Comedy-themed questions! Looking forward to a good laugh!   What is the funniest book you've ever read? It was probably a book that claimed it could teach me how to cook. What is it about writing for children that makes you happy? The hope that one day something I’ve written will make a child I’ve never met smile. Which author's or illustrator's sense of humour do you enjoy? Why? There’s way too many ...
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