Monday, 14 October 2019

Odyssey books #WeLoveOurAuthors Week 2



Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 

For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Check out their website and learn more about the talented authors!



Here is a snapshot of the second week of authors. Follow the links to learn more!


Describe your writing style in three words.
Slow fuse drama.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Dark. Suspenseful. Fast-paced.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Whimsical. Enchanting. Understated humour (I know, that’s a cheeky four!).

Describe your writing style in three words.
Sensitive. Swift. Gripping.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Describe your writing style in three words.
Quirky. Friendly. Sometimes bleak.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Compassionate. Engaging. Storyteller.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Frivolous. Optimistic. Chocolatey.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Informal. Clear. Entertaining.


Monday, 7 October 2019

Odyssey books #WeLoveOurAuthors



Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 

For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Check out their website and learn more about the talented authors!



Here is a snapshot of the first week of authors. Follow the links to learn more!

Describe your writing style in three words.
Action. Clever. Heart-warming.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Fast-paced (is that cheating?) Gripping. Fluent.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Honest. Textured. Imaginative.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Magical. Fun. Uh-oh.

Describe your writing style in three words.
The favourite thing I’ve ever heard from a reviewer about my writing style is that it ‘flows like water’.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Honest. Unfussy. Real.




Thursday, 26 September 2019

Never too old for Picture Story Books!






In 2017 I graduated from completing a Master of Education by research. I have always loved picture story books and think they are one of the most valuable tools in education. Recently I was thrilled to see some research from my Master of Education study published! Did you know that 38% of Foundation to Grade 6 teachers are using picture story books daily?

Traditionally, the use of a Picture Story Book (PSB) was intended for three- to seven-year-olds as a stepping stone towards literacy development and understanding (Salisbury & Styles 2012), with topics and themes covered appropriate for a younger audience.

However, recent years have seen changes in PSBs by addressing topics such as violence, human rights and grief with children. These kinds of changes have made the PSB also appropriate for older audiences (Martinez & Harmon, 2012).

Follow the link to learn more about the findings of my small-scale research project investigating how primary teachers use picture story books and how it has influenced my own classroom practice.







Sunday, 25 August 2019

In loving memory ...


Rodney Colin Morris
15/04/1949 - 25/08/2004


It's been fifteen years since you went away,
It's been far too long since you said G'day.
Sun sets. Moon rises. Life goes on.

Except.

You're not here to share our lives,
You're not here to give high fives.
You're not here to be grandad,
You're not here which makes me sad.

Always.

I want to tell you about my life,
I want to call you when I'm in strife.
I want to hear about your golf game,
I want to answer when you call my name.

So.

Today I will hold on to my memories of you,
Today I will raise a glass to the man I knew.
Sun sets. moon rises. Life goes on.

Missed. 
Always. 
Dad.

Xo


Wednesday, 31 July 2019

New Publishing Journey ... Let's begin!




Announcement!





Drum roll please ...

I wanted to share this amazing opportunity that has just been offered to me. I am incredibly grateful and excited for my new Young Adult novel to be published and am looking forward to the journey. Thanks Odyssey Books!









Saturday, 30 December 2017

New Year - New Attitude




What's with the New Year? It makes people all shades of crazy. Reflective. Despondent. Hopeful. Excited. Nervous. Thoughtful. Melancholy. Joyous.
Everyone wants to reflect on the year that has passed. What have I achieved? What do I still need to work towards? Everyone wants to set goals for the year ahead. What do I want to achieve? What do I want to work towards?

It's been almost twelve months since I posted anything on this blog. Not because I've been living in the remotest part of the world with no access to WiFi. Is there even such  place? If so message me the coordinates so I can go there. 
It's also not because I've had nothing to say. I've got plenty to say, just ask my kids and husband!
The truth is, I haven't posted anything mostly because life got busy and I had to evaluate where my energy went. 

I listen to conversations around me about people's lives and sometimes I feel the need to have a nap with how full their day is. Family commitments. Offspring's commitments. Exercise commitments. Education commitments. Business commitments. Work commitments. Social commitments. Social media commitments. Housekeeping commitments. Pet commitments. Shopping commitments. The list is never ending!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not afraid of commitment. But what I am afraid of, is Life Passing Me By. Sorry, I couldn't think of a cute little acronym to go with my fear. LPMB doesn't quite roll off the tongue. Although OMG works, as does LOL and PMSL so maybe LPMB will catch on.

I had a milestone birthday this year and it was like a slap to the face. My life was either halfway over or only just beginning. After much thought, I chose to go with the latter. Because you only get one shot at this life. So whilst there will always be commitments and juggling acts in our lives, it's important to stop. And live. And laugh. And be in the moment. Or else life will pass us by and we won't have been able to enjoy it.

Goals for 2018 ... Do not let LPMB.







Thursday, 24 November 2016

All of us together By Bill Condon - Blog Tour!



 

 

Bill Condon is a well-known Australian children’s author whose books have been CBCA short-listed four times and won numerous awards, including the inaugural Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Youth Literature. His last CBCA short-listing was his junior novel, The Simple Things (Allen & Unwin) in 2015. His most recent junior novel is All of Us Together (About Kids Books), a gentle and sometimes funny family story set in the 1930s Australian Great Depression. Today he shares some of his writing journey.

 
Tell us a little about your writing journey.
I had my first book for children published in the early 80s when I was just a boy of 30 something years. Now I’m just a boy of 67, but I’m still hanging in there. I stumbled into writing, probably because at school it was the only thing I showed any aptitude for. When I was about 14 I wrote an essay that a teacher singled out for praise – a rare thing for me in those days – and I think that’s what got me dreaming of one day becoming a writer. My writing apprenticeship was simply living and earning a crust, mowing lawns and working in factories, meeting people and hearing about their lives, all the time subconsciously ‘growing’ my own stories, which I’ve been plundering ever since.

What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
I love the freedom of being able to create my own little world and to play in it, also to escape from real life and to not have a boss. Writing is the one thing I can do well.

What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?
Self-discipline, mainly the pressure I put on myself, lots of negative messages. There are millions of books so it’s extremely hard to come up with something original. There’s also the stress of spending years writing something which might never be published.

Writers are sometimes influenced by things that happen in their own lives. Are you?
Yes. There are autobiographical aspects to most everything I write. I plunder my life including things I see in day-to-day life. My writing is largely influenced by my environment and my personal history, the people I meet and places I’ve been.
                                                                                                                 Tell us about your publications.
I’ve had more than 100 children’s books published by publishers such as Allen & Unwin, Random House, and Queensland University Press et al – more recently a junior novel All of Us Together (About Kids Books http://www.aboutkidsbooks.com). My writing includes novels, short stories and non-fiction, and collections of plays and poetry.

Three of my YA novels, Dogs, No Worries, and A Straight Line to My Heart, were shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Dogs won CBCA Honour Book of the Year (2001), No Worries won CBCA Honour Book of the Year (2006), A Straight Line to My Heart was CBCA Honour Book of the Year (2008), Daredevils was a CBCA Notable Book (2007) and my junior novel, The Simple Things (Allen & Unwin) was CBCA short-listed in 2015.

No Worries and A Straight Line to My Heart were also shortlisted for the NSW Premier Awards.

I was very lucky to win inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2010 for Young Adult Fiction for my book Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God. My YA novel A Straight Line to My Heart was also short-listed for the PM’s Literary Award in 2012.

 
 

Other than writing what else do you love?
Playing Scrabble, reading, golf, watering the garden, punting on horses and making meals

What would your dream location for writing be?
My ideal location is where I live currently, at Cordeaux Heights on the beautiful south coast. It is so quiet and peaceful here. I can go to my office any time, even in the middle of the night, and write without any hassles.

What are five words that sum you up?
A very tall sexy bloke

How can we learn more?
I share my website http://www.enterprisingwords.com.au with my author wife, Dianne (Di) Bates. I have a Facebook page, but I don’t do much social media.

Thanks for the interview Bill and all the very best with your exciting new release!