Saturday, 2 November 2019

Odyssey Books #WeLoveOurAuthors - My turn!


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. Look whose turn it is?! Mine!

Thanks very much Odyssey Books for my first interview about The Ruby Locket. 

Bring on the 2020 release date. 
Introducing Kerina and Saxon ... I hope you love them as much as I do. Xo






Sunday, 20 October 2019

Odyssey books #WeLoveOurAuthors Week 3


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 third week of authors. Follow the links to learn more!


Describe your writing style in three words.
Quiet. Thoughtful. Warm.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Punchy. Fun. Surprising.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Taut. Emotional. Pacey.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Literary. Poetic. Emotive.


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!