|Kingdom of the Sun, by Ariffa Bevin|
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
My Question:I can interview you? Excellent. I could ask you questions, in the ordinary interview style, but I think I'll just go for one big question and it's THE big question. Your new book is called Ascending Spiral. Please suppose, for a moment, that it is an international best seller, fuelled by viral word-of-mouth marketing. What's the buzz? What do your readers take away from this book that prompts them to recommend it to others?
So, that's what Bob has to say when I corner him with an outrageous (for a modest man) suggestion. I found it fascinating and thought-provoking. Who wouldn't want his or her book to improve the world?
Below is a picture of Bob in one of his favourite roles, and below again, his bio.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In the meantime, here are some links to check out. (Please do!)
The Fairies of Farholt project is at http://www.thefairiesoffarholt.com Yes I know... my son would click his tongue and tell me that url is too long. I tend to go for long descriptive urls, partly because they are intuitive and partly because the shorter simpler ones usually belong to someone else already! Here's the tinyurl version. http://tinyurl.com/lgkde6q which is just about as long as the other one. Hmmmm.
To see CHARMS, visit http://www.printscharmingbooks.com or, http://tinyurl.com/pjf9tyz
The Charms project is out there now, but two other projects, KEEPSAKES and LUCKY DRAW are still open for contributors. If you're interested, pop along to KEEPSAKES or LUCKY DRAW Aha! Those are short! Short, I tell you! SHORT!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
This is one of those picture books that has wide appeal. Very young children would enjoy the rhythmic text while older ones would find the story exciting. Reading-aloud adults will appreciate the themes of overcoming fear, solidarity and crime definitely not paying off...I especially love the last page!
I'd love to see another collaboration between these talented creators. Let's hear it for The Two Bens!
To follow the Don't Wake the Troll! celebrations and bloghop, pop along to Jackie Hosking's blog HERE Before you go, though, here's a contest. Leave a comment to be in the running for your choice of the following three prizes:
Ten Picture Book Mistakes (PDF)
50% off an assessment of your own picture book text from Affordable Manuscript Assessments
(Giving Our Kids) a Reason to Write (PDF)
Thursday, September 5, 2013
If you have missed any tour stops so far, you can catch up on the following links:
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
published by Wombat Books in 2013.
Marlo Can Fly is a lovely picture book. Quite apart from the story, which I'll get to in a minute, the book is a visual and tactile delight. The cover is simply designed with a light and airy look and the endpapers have a soft bird-patterned design. The interior artwork keeps the naturalistic colours of the Australian bush and the illustrator has been true to the text.
Marlo Can Fly is the story of a rugged individualist who happens to be a magpie. Magpies, so the other birds tell her, should fly. Marlo has other ideas. Why should I fly just because the others do? she thought. After an encounter with Sally the python, Marlo decides slithering looks like fun... and so does kerthumping like a kangaroo. Failure doesn't bother Marlo, but conforming does. But then she meets Kev Koala. Will Marlo put a frightened baby's needs above her own wishes?
Marlo is a doughty character with a warm heart and a waspish manner. Her story is funny, touching and ultimately triumphant as Marlo discovers the true freedom of being herself.
Visit the author at http://www.robertvescio.com/ and see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqHEQJ9Xa-U
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Next Big Thing is a game of tag for authors. I was tagged by Wendy Blaxland. I have tagged two other authors for next week. They answer the same questions about their own next project, and tag other authors for the week after.
Follow the game around the world…Where will it end?
What is the working title of your next book?
Clovie Trefoil - Book one of the series The Fairies of Farholt.
Where did the idea come from for the project?
I love writing fantasy and I wanted to write an exciting new fantasy series for young readers in primary school. I decided to plan the whole series from the beginning. Working titles for the stories are "Clovie Trefoil", "Billabunya", "Tonash and Genimo", "Lark and Shalla", "Foss Ammonite" and "Pother Sneckboggart".
What genre does your project fall under?
This is fantasy adventure with a quest component.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Clovie would have to be played by an unknown, I think, since she is about ten years old in human terms. The Cromach could be played by any character actor who can do a Scots accent and carry a staff with dignity.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your project?
When the Great Cairn of Sky loses its cap stone, Clovie Trefoil sets off on a quest across the Lands of the Fae to find the elusive Heatherghillie. (That's the first book only.)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took about a week of work, but I didn't work on it continuously because I was away for few days in the middle of the process.
What other projects would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don't know of any others that work quite this way.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write a series of fantasies for this specific age group, and make the stories exciting rather than "cute". (I don't do cute.) I also wanted to play with multiple formats - audio, e- and teacher-notes.
What else about the project might pique the reader's interest?
The first month of work on the series is chronicled in an already-published book called Finding Farholt.
Find out more at www.thefairiesoffarholt.com
And next week, on 9th January, two other wonderful authors will tell you about their Next Big Event: Robyn Opie Parnell robynopie.blogspot.com.au/ and Michelle Tatam