Kiah Thomas – Putting her best foot forward Part 3

So far in this interview with children’s author, Kiah Thomas, we’ve heard about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing and publishing, and we got to know some of her great picture books. In this instalment, we look at how Kiah is linked in to a writing community and how that helps, as well as discover READ MORE

Joining Incredible Forces – In Conversation with Teena Raffa-Mulligan and Amy Calautti

#whenthemoonisasmile #blogtour #booksontourpr #day4 Sense the joy and warmth between these two creators in this joint interview between long-time, established author, Teena Raffa-Mulligan, and talented emerging illustrator, Amy Calautti. Do they ever disagree?! Hello, Teena and Amy! It’s a pleasure to speak with both of you. Congratulations on the release of your touching book, When READ MORE

Featured Author Illustrator: Anna McGregor

#colouroos #blogtour #booksontourpr #day1 Welcome to the Colouroos Virtual Tour with Anna McGregor! Anna McGregor is a multi-talented creator with skills in writing, illustrating and designing. And yes, she took on all three roles to produce her stunning debut picture book, ‘Colouroos’, published by Hachette in March this year. Anna is the creative director for READ MORE

The Quick Six Interview with Rachel Brace

Welcome to The Quick Six Interview with Rachel Brace! Rachel Brace is a registered psychologist and co-creator and founder of steppingthrough.com.au, an educational and support web-based resource for stepparents and their partners. She has worked extensively with children and families over many years across a variety of settings in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia. Rachel READ MORE

Top take-homes from the SCBWI Sydney 2019 Conference

The bi-annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Sydney conference is a highlight of the kidlit calendar.  Congratulations to Susanne Gervay and the team for pulling together a brilliant programme. For me, the best bit was the coming together of a community of writers from all over Australia and New Zealand. I got READ MORE

Amelia McInerney – Bursting onto the Scene -Part Two

I’m so excited to be posting part two of this interview with children’s picture book author, Amelia McInerney on the day of the OFFICIAL RELEASE of the first of her FIVE picture books, The Book Chook. I was fortunate to have had a sneak peek at this funny chook last weekend at the SCBWI conference, 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

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

So- how did you go?

At the beginning of last year I posted this matrix of things to do spread throughout the year. I think it’s a good strategy for everyone to review their goals from time to time, and when better than at the beginning of the year? So, how did you go with these goals and what were READ MORE

The Write Opportunity

The children’s writing world is full of opportunities for you to experiment and practice the craft of writing – to ‘sharpen the pencil’ as I wrote about last month (here). It helps, firstly, if you have a way to find out about the opportunities.  Being linked in to the writing community is imperative. Writer’s centres, READ MORE