Here in Australia, 2016 Book Week is in full frenzy and I’m heading to a local school to do some presentations which had me thinking about my favourite books when I was a child.
I was one of those kids who read by torchlight when I was supposed to be sleeping, anyone else? Scary stories, mysteries, fantasy and those fantastic choose-your-own-adventure books, remember those??
I also read a set of books by an author few may remember now, Arthur Ransome. He wrote a series called Swallows and Amazons and the kids in it went on boat rides alone, ate awful sounding tongue sandwiches (honestly what was with the tinned tongue in the 1930s??) and solved mysteries.
By today’s standards the books may seem very old fashioned but I still think the most popular books, the books kids love, are still at heart very much the same. They’re about children stepping out into scary worlds on their own, being resourceful, having adventures, facing danger and surviving. The settings may have changed but what we all yearn for is constant; a chance to show you’re more than people think, to find your inner strength, to shine, to be part of something magic, something bigger, to take some power back in a world where children are told they have very little agency, that they must ‘do as they’re told’. That’s the magic of those stories, whether it be Swallows and Amazons or Harry Potter, the story makes us feel part of something special and I love that despite the change in our society, the generation gap, we still have a bridge that connects us all.
It’s been a long time coming but finally, Redemption, the third and final book in my Twins of Saranthium series will be coming out in ebook on November 5. I don’t have a cover yet but it should be here soon! It’s been years in the making but at last it is done. I hope people are happy with how Shaan and Tallis’s tale ends. For more information on the books to go my main website here
Since having children getting to any festival has been a massive challenge but this year I’m starting to come back. Cue excitement!
Thanks to the fabulous folk at my local library in Geraldton I will be appearing at the Big Sky writers and readers festival this May. It’s been a long while between festival coffees for me but I couldn’t be looking forward to it more.
More details about what I’ll be doing will be coming when I have them. In the meantime, check out the website….HERE
If you’re like me and trying to write while juggling miniature people who think ice cream is a food group, then this new post may be for you over on my main site, Writing with a toddler handicap….
I’m talking about writing, Betrayal, snacks and other important things! At AusRomToday
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I have been writing since I was a child, starting with some truly appalling poetry and plagiarising famous works (especially by Enid Blyton). Surprisingly none of these have been published! I was the typical English Lit student nerd in high school and studied creative writing in university but there were long gaps in my twenties when I did no writing at all. It took until my thirties for me to get serious about it. See next question……
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I was working at a community newspaper and had been dithering about with a fantasy book since 1996 but I never really thought I could be a published writer. To me writers were other people, out of…
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