Katrina McKelvey – Going Places Part 3

So far in my interview with the fearless Katrina McKelvey, we’ve seen how Katrina started pursuing her interest in writing for kids, developed networks and honed her skills in Part One, then a nuts and bolts look at how her books were picked up for publication in Part Two. In Part Three, we cover a READ MORE

Katrina McKelvey – Going Places Part 2

This is the second instalment of my interview with go-getter Katrina McKelvey about the path to publication of her picture book, Dandelions, and the three more picture books on the way. To review how Katrina started pursuing her interest in writing for kids, developing networks  and honing her skills, read part one here – it READ MORE

Top Take-home messages from the Kids and YA Festival 2016

The value of festivals cannot be underestimated when it comes to both networking and nourishing our writing craft and career. So here are my top take home messages from the NSW Writer’s Centre Kids and YA Festival in June:  1 The Process of writing – hints from picture book authors: Don’t delete your rubbish ideas. ‘You have to READ MORE

#InterviewByTheme with Katrina McKelvey

Katrina McKelvey is here today talking all things ‘bottoms’, and other whacky things in our Comedy themed interview! It’s a TOoT! I mean, HOoT! 🙈🙉🙊 What is the funniest book you’ve ever read? I fell in love with reading when the book, ‘Just Tricking’ by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton smacked me in the face READ MORE

Top 15 of ’15

Last year I enlisted the help of my five year old to come up with a ‘best-of’ list, and I think she did extraordinarily well! So, we’re doing it again for books published in 2015! According to my stats, 2014 saw over 250 picture books borrowed, received, bought, read, and of course, enjoyed! Let’s see READ MORE

What Makes Picture Book Creators Happy

In the last two posts on picture books, I explored what makes a successful book, and how best to utilise them. Today I’m reflecting on some past interviews with the very writers of those wonderful pieces of art, and more specifically, what creating these literary jewels means to them. Which responses resonate most with you? READ MORE

Just Andy

Guest Post by Katrina McKelvey I’m a self-confessed reluctant reader. I know what it is like to do anything to avoid reading. As a child I climbed trees instead. Andy Griffiths has showed me how to love books. He’s my inspiration! Here’s how it all happened … ‘Laughter is the reward for even the most READ MORE