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

We Get Knocked Down, But We Get Up Again

When I signed up for this writing gig, almost eight years ago (and by signed up, I refer to a conversation with myself saying, ‘I WILL be a writer!’), I was determined to be in it for the long haul. I’d spent my life dabbling in creative pursuits; music, performance, writing, but this time, this READ MORE

Katrina McKelvey – Going Places

Katrina  McKelvey is going places because she has gone places – in a fearless way that makes me awestruck. Doing this interview with Katrina made me laugh at the way she throws herself in, boots and all, and makes me jealous for even a little bit of her fearlessness. The great thing is, it’s all READ MORE

Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings PART 2

In part two of this interview, author/illustrator Aura Parker speaks about her upcoming books, her agent, engaging kids with books and her top tips for those wanting to squeeze into the industry. Read or refresh you memory of Part 1 here. Cocoon is coming out this November, what can you tell us about this book? READ MORE

Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings Part 1

Aura Parker is an author and illustrator who is certainly going places – and I don’t just say this because I ran into her at the airport recently! Her picture book Twig (her first as author and illustrator) has been published internationally as well as recognized nationally as a Notable book in the CBCA Book of the READ MORE

The Wildly Intrepid Jan Latta – part 2

In Part 2 of finding out how intrepid pioneer Jan Latta carved out for herself a publishing niche, Jan talks about some stories behind her adventures and her marketing and promotion strategies. To recap part one, click here. Jan, how do you walk the fine line between fact and fiction in bringing the animals stories to READ MORE

A walk through Walker Books

I first heard Linsay Knight at a CBCA conference speaking about poetry, before she became the publisher at Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Then, earlier this year, I had the good fortune to pitch a manuscript to her at a literary speed dating event where I found her to be engaging and responsive. Recently, READ MORE

Zanni Louise – Walking on Sunshine Part 2

This is part 2 of our interview with Zanni Louise, author of picture books Too Busy Sleeping and Archie and the Bear, plus  four early readers and another picture book coming out next year. In part 1 (here) we found out how her blogging both ignited her desire to write for children and provided the opportunity to be published and READ MORE

New Book Chores

With a new book coming out at the end of August, there’s a tsunami of chores to get ready for the launch.  I feel a bit like Mickey Mouse in Fantasia: I bail out a bucket-load of chores, and as soon as I turn my back, more have swept in from nowhere! Not that I’m complaining READ MORE

Zanni Louise – Walking on Sunshine

Zanni Louise is author of picture books Too Busy Sleeping and Archie and the Bear published by Little Hare. She also has a deal for four early readers with publisher Five Mile Press and another picture book with Scholastic coming out next year. I’ve run into Zanni in cyberspace groups, shared in her enthusiasm for READ MORE