Writing

Meet the writer – Katrina McKelvey

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go, please meet….

Katrina McKelvey

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 7th March 2016 – issue 576

 

When did you know that you were a writer?

I started writing for children in early 2011 after I had put primary teaching aside to be a full-time mum. My first child was born in 2008 so over the next 3 years I looked for the perfect job that would mix my teaching experiences with a new, flexible career. I had children’s books all around me and I was very passionate about my children falling in love with books as early as possible. Writing for children made complete sense to me.

When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?

I joined a writing course about a year after I started writing for children. It was facilitated by Libby Gleeson in conjunction with the Centre for Continuing Education at The University of Sydney. I travelled from Newcastle to Sydney once a week for 8 weeks. It was during the 6th visit (I think) I read my first ever manuscript aloud to a room full of strangers. They made some great suggestions for improvement. Looking back now I can see it was dreadful. That manuscript is still in the bottom drawer but I still believe in it. I’ll revive it one day and give it another shot.

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

I was driving to Canberra for the CBCA National Conference in 2014. I just happen to be in the car with Kirrili Lonergan, the hopeful illustrator. We found out together we were being contracted as an author/illustrator team to create ‘Dandelions’. We discovered the news via a text message as our publisher didn’t want us to crash the car – ha! We pulled over and read it on the side of the highway. Later that evening we toasted our success with champagne in the foyer of the  Australian National Library.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

I love writing picture books as it is so much fun playing with words and playing with how they fall on the page (that’s as close to illustrating as I will get). But I’m dabbling with writing early chapter books. They give me more freedom as I tend to write too much.

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?

I’ve been writing for 5 years now. I’ve written many manuscripts about animals, disasters, farting, and skateboarding. Some are humorous, and some more serious and whimsical.

‘Dandelions’ illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan, published by EK Books in October, 2015 was my second attempt at writing a picture book.

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?

I love reading picture books and funny chapter books. I need the pictures, the fun texts, the humour, and the text in small chunks to keep me interested. I love reading with my children. I absolutely loved reading to my students in the classroom too – anything that hooked them.

Do you have a favourite author?

No, I have many! Stephen Michael King, Libby Gleeson, Sara Acton, Nick Bland, Aaron Blabey, Danny Parker, Glenda Millard, Bob Graham …

Do you mentor others? What do you do?

I facilitate the Hunter Writers Centre Children’s Writing Group. We meet monthly to guide, inspire, critique and offer each other advice and inspiration. I absolutely love meeting with these people. We laugh so much and always go home with a spring in our steps.

Do you write full time?

No. But I wish I could sometimes.

I’m trying to become a master of multi-tasking  and to be more disciplined.  My children are so young and I want to fit their needs in around my writing. At best, I get about 4 hours a day uninterrupted and then some of that time is used to do social media, administration etc. School hours always go faster than any other hours in the day! The rest of the day is full of sporting commitments, preparing meals, homework, managing the family diary, and cleaning up cat vomit.

What are your other jobs?

Mum to two children, wife, Books In Homes Role Model, CBCA (NSW) Newcastle Sub-branch President, Newcastle Writers Festival committee member, P&F President, household manager, counsellor, gardener, first aid officer, cleaner, psychologist, referee, taxi driver, financial manager, secretary, magician, need I go on?

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?

I came third in a CYA Conference Picture Book Writing Competition in 2013.

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

CBCA
ASA
SCBWI
NSW Writer’s Centre
Hunter Writers Centre

These organisations offer advice, access to workshops/courses/conferences/services, and help me to keep in touch with the industry. Through these organisations I have been able to meet a lot of my writing and illustrating friends. Support comes in many different forms and from many different places. All of these organisations contribute to my support network in someway.

Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?

Yes, I go to as many as I can. I have attended conferences and festivals up and down the east coast. I love listening to and learning from fellow colleagues – and as a bonus I get to make new friends along the way.

The first ever workshop I attended was with Jacqueline Harvey through the Sydney Writers Festival in 2011. I still remember sitting in that room listening to her every word. I knew no one. I wrote so many notes. I was a sponge!

Do you run writing workshops? What do you include? 

I plan to do these in the future. At the moment I’m concentrating on school visits. I’m also throwing myself out there to do author talks, panel speaking and chair appointments for festivals and conferences.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

Website: http://www.katrinamckelvey.com
Email: katrinamckelvey@bigpond.com

I’d love to participate in festivals and conferences as well. Book me!

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

  1. Be patient, persistent, and passionate. But above all – practise!
  2. Listen and observe.
  3. Start building your social media platform immediately.
  4. Get to know your local children’s authors and illustrators – they could become your best friends.
  5. Have fun!

Where you can find me…

Website: www.katrinamckelvey.com
Blog: http://katrinamckelvey.blogspot.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katrinamckelveyauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katrinamckelvey
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/katrinamckelvey/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katrinamckelvey/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgfVHAHyIHP14oeEkGl2jtA

PASS IT ON · Writing

Meet the writer – Lynn Ward

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go, please meet….

 

Lynn Ward

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 29th February 2016 – issue 575

 

 

When did you know that you were a writer? 

I still have doubts when calling myself a writer but I think I knew I wanted to write from a very early age, however it took me until I was forty to decide to pursue publication.

When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?

My family have always been the go-to critics, although I have to take what they say with a grain of salt. Everything is ‘lovely’ and ‘great’. It is a good morale booster, but as an editing tool – it’s totally worthless J
When I first decided to write for children I was quite sure my manuscript was ‘lovely’ and ‘great’ so I asked a teacher friend to read it for me. Her reaction was underwhelming. She pointed out that it was much like many others she had read. I got a similar comment when I won a picture book writing competition run by Di Bates. Di said that I could obviously write well but that my subject matter was letting me down. Both of those comments disappointed me at the time but it was the best feedback I could have had, because over the years I have learnt to write well, but I know that unless I find something to make my manuscript stand out from the rest, I may very well stay in the slush pile an awfully long time (sometimes my fingers turn into prunes I am in there so long!)

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

My first acceptance was a story in The NSW School Magazine. It felt amazing. To have validation that someone who didn’t know me still liked my work was incredible.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

I adore writing picture books and I particularly enjoy writing in rhyme. I try sometimes to write in prose, but more often than not, it still comes to me in rhyme.

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?

I have been writing with the aim of publication for about fifteen years. I started off with stories in the NSW School Magazine, and some short works with online magazines before having my first picture books published. The Big Beet was published in 2013 by Omnibus Books (Scholastic) and Sally Snickers’ Knickers was published in 2014 by Walker Books Australia. A Perfect Place for Wombat (tentative title) will be published by Omnibus Books in 2016.

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?

Probably one of my unpublished manuscripts is my favourite and that is because it includes all my grandchildren’s names. I think it is still a good story, despite the sentimentality of my character name choices. It’s called Benji the Bare-Bottom Dragon, and it recently placed First in the Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition.

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?

As well as devouring picture books I also do read books for adults. I enjoy crime/thrillers and a bit of chick lit.

Do you have a favourite author?

I love children’s authors Julia Donaldson, Bob Graham, Mem Fox, Dr Suess… the list could go on. As far as chick lit goes my favourites are Marian Keyes and Cathy Kelly. I find I enjoy most crime/thriller authors.

Do you write full time?

No. I have an office job. If writing paid well enough I would do it full-time though.

What are your other jobs?

I work in a small school (13 students in total!) in the office and as a teacher’s assistant. It is a great job, except that I’d rather be writing.

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?

Sally Snickers’ Knickers was shortlisted in the 2015 Speech Pathology of Australia awards which was very exciting.

I have also placed in a number of competitions, including a few Firsts.

Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?

I participated in a two-day workshop with Jeni Mawter many moons ago when I was starting out and I found that inspiring. I have done online courses with Libby Gleeson and with Thomson Direct where Jill McDougall was my tutor. I also attended the Ballarat Writers’ Conference a few years ago. I would dearly love to attend more festivals and workshops but I find that having to work full-time and living in central western NSW restricts my options somewhat.

Do you run writing workshops? What do you include? 

I have just started an online proofreading/editing service for picture book texts. I hope I will be able to help other keen writers who might be just starting out, or established writers who simply need another set of eyes over their manuscript.
Find me on polishyourpicturebook.blogspot.com
That’s Polish Your Picture Book – remember the name.

I don’t run workshops although I have delivered addresses to both CWA and Rotary groups, as well as doing readings at schools. I will usually have a bit of fun with the readings by including the audience as characters. This works particularly well with Sally Snickers’ Knickers when it comes time for the teacher to wear her knickers on her head.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

My email address is lynnward1@bigpond.com

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

With picture books less is more. Remember that half your book belongs to the illustrator. Allow them room to do their job. When editing a picture book you are more likely to be removing superfluous words than adding any extra.

Don’t be too quick to finish your manuscript and send it off. Let it simmer quietly for awhile, come back to it, taste it, perhaps give it a stir. Then simmer some more. When you’re really sure it doesn’t need anything added or taken away – only then should you send it off.

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.

My webpage is: www.lynnwardauthor.blogspot.com

My Editing Service can be found at: www.polishyourpicturebook.blogspot.com

and  I am on Facebook, look for Lynn Ward – Author

Writing

Meet the writer – Goldie Alexander

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go, please meet….

 

Goldie Alexander

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 22nd February 2016 – issue 574

 

When did you know that you were a writer?

I only became serious about becoming a professional author when I was in my forties. But I was a very serious reader from the age of three. I believe this is what creates the writer, apart from imagination and perseverance.

When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?

I had a cousin who was a famous writer and I gave him one of my short stories. He was totally scathing abut it without being helpful. I might have been totally put off except I decided to ignore him. But it’s wise to keep in mind how vulnerable inexperienced writers can be. The cousin’s attitude never changed, no matter how many of my books were published. He always pretended I was that novice.

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

Tremendously excited. I was fortunate enough to be commissioned to write four ‘Dolly Fictions’ and because the instructions were very precise they taught me a lot about the craft. Back then there were no creative writing classes. I wrote those 4 novels under a pseudonym so when the first book under my own name ‘Mavis Road Medley’ appeared that was a great cause for celebration.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

I’m a jack of all trades. I write in almost every genre (except horror, eroticism or film scripts) for both adults and kids of all ages. I like to float between genres, viewing each new take as a challenge.

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?

I have written over 85 fictions and non fictions, many short stories, scripts and about a million articles. Just kidding! If anyone is interested most of longer works are on my website. These include 3 collections of short stories amounting to 30 stories condensed from longer work I wrote when the market was down and publishers taking very little. The secret is to be adaptable.

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?

The last thing I wrote. Then none of it because I never feel that anything is quite good enough.

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?

I am a voracious reader. However I tend to stick to literary work these days. I’m probably the last of a dying species. I belong to 2 bookclubs, an adult and a children’s and both meet monthly. That means 4 books every month, plus whatever others recommend. I have become lazy about finding hardcopy and read just about everything except picture story books on my kindle. It’s soooo easy to just download!

Do you mentor others? What do you do?

I taught part time Creative Writing at Holmesglen TAFE for fourteen years. I have also over the years mentored young authors for the Australian Society of Authors

Do you write full time?

Most writers write full time even if they don’t sit at their computers. We constantly mull over possibilities and observe our surroundings for inspiration. Does that man on the tram look as if he takes good care of his kids? Does that bunch of schoolboys bully others? Using public transport is an excellent way of creating convincing characters. At my age I have become invisible. If age has its drawbacks it is also very useful for observing people’s idiosyncratic behaviour.

What are your other jobs?

Boring housework. Is that still considered a job? My family are all grown and where my contemporaries are babysitting grandchildren, ours are either grown or live interstate.

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?

Yes. Please check my website for details. My awards in 2015 are for the verse novel ‘In Hades’ shortlisted for an Aurealis Award. And a 1st prize for the Rolfe Boldewood short story literary award.

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

These days I only belong to ASA, SCBWI, Writer’s Victoria. They tell me what is going on, provide
legal protection and have me knowing I belong to a fellowship. Writing can be a very lonely game.

Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?

No, I ran them. I had wonderful students. Some became well known and celebrated authors

Do you run writing workshops? What do you include? 

Yes I do run workshops on all aspects of writing for young readers. In particular, fictionalising history, writing science fiction and fantasy, writing mysteries and creating convincing characters. For adults I run writing memoir workshops that are extremely popular.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

I do this quite frequently and happy to be asked. I can be emailed on goldie@goldiealexander.comor contacted via my webpage or mobile. 0413408468

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

In one word: perseverance. Don’t let anyone or any situation put you off.

How might people find you? 

www.goldiealexander.com
www.goldiealexander/com/blog
twitter/com goldie alexander
facebook/com: goldie alexander.

Writing

Meet the writer – Cate Whittle

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go, please meet….

 

Cate Whittle

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 15th February 2016 – issue 573

 

When did you know that you were a writer?

Um… somebody gave me a pencil?

When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?

I was that precocious kid who insisted on boring my friends with stories I had written… think rainy days (there were a lot of rainy days) with a torch in a blanket cubby, or perched on a branch half way up a tree (on those not so rainy days)… I suspect they actually did like listening to them, though (they were often about us on Famous Five or Swallows and Amazons type adventures, and, eventually, visiting our own version of Narnia).

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

Do you mean the (dreadful, dark and dingy) poem in the local paper when I was 13?  Or the short story in Stephen Matthew’s Danger anthology?  Magazines?  All were fabulous, validating, and exciting, but my two most epic moments were when I received a call from Transworld in UK, which wasn’t exactly an acceptance but was a defining moment (one of my stories was shortlisted in a major competition – the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award, 2013), and when Omnibus rang to let me know they were going to publish Trouble.  Yay!

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

I love the freedom that Fantasy affords to create a world and characters that step beyond the everyday.  Gosh, that sounds a bit dry, doesn’t it?  Actually, I love reading Fantasy, so writing it is natural.

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?

I took up the pen again (or recommissioned my keyboard) seriously about 15 years ago when our third child was born… I took what was supposed to be a year off teaching (but turned into a few more) and spent some time honing the craft and entering competitions. This led to publication of a few short stories in anthologies, which gave me the confidence to start submitting to the lovely, but now gone, Pearson magazines, where I had a few stories and articles see the light of day with Challenge, Comet and Explore – and got paid!  And then, eventually, my first very own book, Trouble at Home, found its way out into the wide, wide world… soon to be followed by three more books in the series.

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?

Whatever I’m working on at the time is my favourite!

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?

Like most of family I grew up in, if there are written words in front of me, I will read them.  I like to read to escape, however, so I don’t like things to get too serious too often.  Thanks to reading CS Lewis’ Narnia books when I was about 8 or 9, however, I have been a confirmed Fantasy fan ever since.  I am still looking for the wardrobe.

I just like reading.

Do you have a favourite author?

I have lots of favourite authors… I can never decide!

Did/do you have any writing heroes or mentors?

I have to thank the lovely Aleesah Darlison for the encouragement she gave me as we walked back from lunch to the ACT Writers Centre, that cold and windy winter day, that led to Omnibus accepting the first four books of what has become the Trouble series.  And I have learned a lot from Kate Forsyth, too.

I don’t think they know they are my mentors, though…  I try not to stalk them.

Do you mentor others? What do you do?

I tentatively put my toe in the water and delivered a presentation at the Australian Writers Centre last year… does that count?

Do you write full time?

I wish!

What are your other jobs?

Teacher, Mum, Other Half, General Help and Bottle Wash…

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?

I have a goodly list of competitions that I’ve either won or been placed in for writing short stories… Shadows of Annwn is my only full length novel to reach the heights, but, despite Sir Terry loving it, it still lies in wait for the right publisher (I’m actually rewriting it at the moment… tightening up the plot care of some great advice from Kate Forsyth, and renamed as Shades of Winter to avoid the difficult to pronounce Welsh word)!

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

I’m a member of the ACT Writers Centre, where I attend workshops and conferences to learn new skills and meet other writers, and I joined the ACT branch of SCWBI to be part of a group of like-minded people.   I’m also a member of the ASA, which keeps me up to date with the writing world in Australia, and I’m an author member of the ACT CBCA, which is a lot of fun, too!

Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?

Gosh, yes.  I always feel that there is a lot to learn.  Memorable?  So many to choose from.  I think my biggest ‘aha’ moment, recently, came from Kate Forsyth’s  Building Castles in the Air workshop… and now I desperately want to head over to the Cotswolds with her to keep on learning.  Not just because I love that part of the world.

Do you run writing workshops? What do you include?

I’m still on my L plates, but last year I ran Characters that Count at the ACT Writers Centre.  It received some great feedback so I’ve also devised a number of other workshops, but they are still in development at the moment: one on descriptive writing, one on different styles of plotting and planning, and one on world building.  Other than that, I have done a couple of workshops over the years as part of Children’s Book Week, and last year I was part of a great panel with other CBCA author members… best fun!  Oh, and I ran a Creative Writing Club at my school which was amazing fun, too.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

At the moment the best way to contact me is via email at cate@catewhittlewrites.com .

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

Just do it!  And, to quote the song from Bridge to Terabithia, keep your mind wide open.  Read Stephen King’s On Writing.  Find other like minded people: join writer’s groups, get a tribe, read PIO!

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.

I’ve got two websites:

www.catewhittlewrites.com which is mostly for other writers and has my blog attached,

then there is Trouble is Coming at www.catewhittlewrites2.com which at the moment is just a launch page for Trouble at Home, but is more for my young readers and will grow as Trouble grows.

and I have both a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCateWhittle, and a twitter account (that I will learn to use one day!) at @CateWhittle

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Meet the writer – Robyn Osborne

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go, please meet….

 

Robyn Osborne

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 1st February 2016 – issue 572

 

When did you know that you were a writer?

From an early age I enjoyed reading, writing and creating fantasy worlds. My parents were both avid readers and encouraged my love of books. At the start of high school, my choice of authors such as Steinbeck, Orwell, Huxley and Tolkien got my creative juices flowing, much to the disbelief of my Grade 9 English teacher. After presenting her with a beautifully crafted story about an orphan wolf, I was accused of copying from a book. She couldn’t believe a 14 year old could have written so well. Although this happened many years ago, this unfair accusation still rankles and made me aware of the damage that unfeeling comments from teachers can do! Luckily, my Grade 12 English teacher was much more supportive and encouraging. Long years in the public service stifled my creative flame, but on my return to university in my thirties, I re-discovered my love of writing. I also made sure my wonderful Grade 12 English teacher received a complimentary copy of my very first published book.

When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?

I hate reading my writing aloud, especially to family and friends. I do recall giving some of my angst ridden teenage poems to the English teacher when I was in Grade 12. He must have seen some merit, as one was published in the Nambour High School Yearbook of 1976! I guess this counts as my very first piece of published writing, albeit unpaid.

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

After completing my first junior manuscript about a boy who desperately wanted a dog, I sent it off to a number of publishers, who promptly responded with a negative, or didn’t respond at all. The record for the longest response time I received from a publisher was just over five years, which I have to say is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the decision was still no. I sat down, re-wrote the story as first person, cut out lots of the descriptive guff and re-submitted to Macmillan Education. To my surprise they said yes and D.O.G. was published in 2005.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

I would describe myself as a children’s/YA author, however I have also written adult stories. There is certainly a canine theme running through my writing, and while my husband thinks it’s time to ditch the dog (figuratively speaking), my animal obsession is a big part of who I am.

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?

My published books are D.O.G., (2005, Macmillan). Next came Dog Logic: a pooch’s guide to dogs behaving badly, (Big Sky Publishing, 2010) which was co-pawthored by my clever canine companion Sox.  Dog Logic is a training manual with a twist – it is written from a dog’s point of view.  Sox continues his literary career as a columnist in the Kids Club section of Dog’s Life magazine and he also has his own Facebook page – which is remarkably clever of him, considering he moved on to the Rainbow Bridge in 2012 at the ripe old age of 14. My other dog, Snowy was not to be outdone and in November 2014 Midget Bones’ Diary was published by Puppy Care Education. Midget Bones’ Diary is a witty, winsome memoir and follows in the paw steps of Bridget Jones, with a touch of ‘Jackie’ Collins and a large dose of Lassie thrown in. 2014 was a big year for me, as my first picture books were also published; Going Fishing & Going Camping (Big Sky Publishing). Can I add that all these books were trade, not self-published, without sounding too elitist? I do get a little tired of people assuming I have gone down the self – publishing route, especially snooty book shop owners. I have also had short stories and articles published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies.

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?

Being my first published book, I have a soft spot for D.O.G. I also love the fact that my two beloved dogs, Sox and Snowy continue to live on through their respective books. My current dog Jack is keen to put claws to computer, so who knows what will come out of the Osborne household in the future.

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?

I am happy to read just about anything, as long as it is well written. I do enjoy a good historical fiction.

Do you have a favourite author?

Where do I start? Bill Bryson’s humorous take on life always lifts my spirits. I also love Mary Renault’s Alexandra the Great trilogy, as well as the Arthurian books by Mary Stewart.  Also Hilary Mantel and Salman Rushdie…the list goes on.

Do you write full time?

Oh, what a joy to be a full time writer…and actually be able to afford to feed Jack the dog. No, I haven’t given up my day job (see below). I do recall a moment at one of my schools, when the Principal told me they were ordering a set of my (then) newly published novel, D.OG. I was feeling rather proud and pleased with myself, until I worked out the royalties from this sale would just about pay off my chocolate account at the school. I think it was then I realised that life as a full time writer wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.

What are your other jobs?

I am a primary teacher and have recently gone into Special Education.

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?

I was lucky enough to be one of eight participants chosen nationally to attend QWC/Allen & Unwin’s Manuscript Development in 2011. I have also won awards in a number of writing competitions. In 2009 my picture book manuscript, ‘Going Fishing’ received a Highly Commended at the CYA (Children’s and Young Adult Writers And Illustrators Conference) in Brisbane. This is the story that has since been published, so the judges obviously had good taste. Interestingly, my other manuscript, ‘John’s Blanket’ won first place, but is as yet unpublished (but I live in hope).

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

I am a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Qld Writers Centre (QWC).  I also subscribe to two excellent writing e-zines; Pass It On and Buzz Words.

Do you run writing workshops? What do you include? 

I have run workshops at libraries, most recently in Brisbane for children during the Christmas holidays. After reading my two picture books, we got down to the business of unpacking what makes a narrative. The kids were very enthusiastic – right up until they had to put pencil to paper! I do think writing should be a fun activity, rather than a chore, so we continued with lots of oral discussions instead.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

The best way of contacting me is through my website Robyn Osborne

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

At our house, we are all a bit obsessive with our reading. Once a book is started, everyday life simply gets in the way of reading. Same thing applies for writing. When I’m in the writing zone, the real world seems to disappear.

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.

My website is Robyn Osborne

Sox ‘The Philosophical Pooch’ also allows me to use his Facebook page from time to time.

Writing

Meet the writer – Stephanie Campisi

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog. This takes time and I’m often running behind but from now on I’m hoping to keep this up to date.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go please meet….

 

Stephanie Campisi

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 1st February 2016 – issue 571

 

When did you know that you were a writer?

When I was first able to write, I think. That sounds a bit facetious, but I was that kid writing illustrated tomes throughout primary school and handing in novella-length manuscripts as part of English class. A shameless knock-off of a Tin Tin story involving detective dolphins was probably the highlight of my primary school writing efforts. I should probably apologise to Ms Ferguson for that.

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

I actually sold the first short story I ever submitted, and I still have the (very small) uncashed cheque as a memento. I’ve since balanced out that initial success with hundreds of rejections, so that’s kept my ego in check.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

Everything. I have a bit of a Georges Perec bent in that I want to try my hand at every type of writing possible – I’ve written everything from picture books to novels to poetry to interactive fiction. Most things seem to come out with a bit of a fantastic twist and plenty of wordplay, so there’s that. Puns. Can puns be a genre?

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?

On the strength of titles alone, Pebble Without a Cause is probably the winner. A pebble in a family of boulders feigns being a moon rock in order to stand out – with disastrous effects. I think you can do a lot working at the intersection of sad and silly, which is where my books tend to land.

Do you write full time?

In a sense. By day I’m a copywriter specialising in branding and identity projects, and with a particular interest in packaging copy. I’ve also worked on a lot of media tie-ins for big Hollywood properties that I’m not allowed to name, which has been a daunting but exciting experience. (If only the stuff with my name on it could sell so well!) It’s forced me to err on the side of brevity and to consider words as part of a larger whole – and of course to write with a particular impact or outcome in mind.

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?

Early on in my writing career I was focusing mostly on short fiction for adults, and was shortlisted for a couple of awards – Aurealis and Ditmar best short story short-listings, and a Best New Talent shortlisting. I’ve also judged a couple of awards, including the John Marsden Short Story Award, the My Brother Jack Award and the Small Press Most Underrated Novel Award. A challenging but rewarding experience involving huge stacks of paper and marking rubrics!

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

I’m a member of my local chapter of the SCBWI, and I’ve found it invaluable in keeping on top of industry news and in meeting like-minded authors. It can get lonely being hidden behind a screen all day!

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

I’ve recently moved from my native Melbourne to Portland, Oregon (which is basically Melbourne but half the size and on the other side of the world), so any Aussie visits or workshops are most likely to be conducted via Skype. Getting in touch with Sammy Bosch (Sammy@mightymedia.com) is probably the best way to arrange an in-person visit.

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

Just to be true to yourself as a writer. I think my agent probably cries a little each time I submit a manuscript – each is less marketable than the previous one and unashamedly falls between genres – but a book takes so much time and energy that it doesn’t make sense to work on something that you’re not truly passionate about.

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.

Feel free to stop by my website at www.stephaniecampisi.com; if you like photos of coffee and tweets about etymology and Old English, you can follow me on Twitter at @stephcampisi.

Picturebooks · Publishing · Writing

Meet the writer – Spider Lee

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog. This takes time and I’m often running behind but from now on I’m hoping to keep this up to date.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go please meet….

 

Spider Lee

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 25th January 2016 – issue 570

When did you know that you were a writer?

Most creative people have been creative their whole lives, it’s something that grows inside you so it is hard to define a starting point. I did not come from a bookish environment and really only opened my eyes to reading when I became a parent myself. When I decided to become a writer, I googled myself and found that I already was a successful writer, or at least someone with the same name as me was. So my first task was deciding on a new name. Spider has been my nick name from a very young age, it’s easy to remember and works well with the primary age readers.

When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?

Putting yourself ‘out there’ for others to judge & actively calling yourself ‘a writer’ takes a great deal of courage. I have learned that adults will be polite and encouraging regardless of what they really think but children are gut wrenchingly honest, both with their body language and their comments. When I first read Wobbly Boots to a classroom of children, I learned more in 10 minutes than a week of writing workshops … brutal and inspiring all at once!

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

In retrospect, the publication of my first two picture books, Wobbly Boots and The Hair Ball were bitter sweet. The years of rejection letters and the resulting self-doubt most emerging authors experience can make you vulnerable when it comes to signing your first contract. It’s not always easy to judge the integrity of others in the publishing industry or understand the dynamics of the whole process but I guess like most experiences in life, once bitten twice shy … it’s part of the journey.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

I absolutely love writing middle grade fiction, particularly contemporary humour which will engage primary aged boys in the delights of getting lost in the adventure of a book. As a teacher I see so many boys disengaged from reading, you know the ones who just think that if they are holding a book you will be fooled into thinking they are reading! There is nothing more rewarding as a teacher than guiding those children to find books and authors that they grow to love.

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?

I have been writing for about 8 years and have published poetry and two picture books so far, Wobbly Boots & The Hair Ball, but I am finding an easy connection to middle grade fiction, possibly because I am one of 12 children and as a teacher I am surrounded by this age group every day.

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?

Wobbly Boots is dear to me because it deals with a young child’s emotional journey when the adults they love make poor choices. The concept was born out of witnessing the pain young children find themselves in and if this publication helps even one child make sense of their world and come to a place of healing and forgiveness then it was all worth it.

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?

I would choose a middle grade novel over adult fiction any day. I enjoy the odd well written autobiography but when it comes to fiction, the mindset of a child is so much more fertile and receptive to unpredictable or unconventional plot lines. Maybe I’m just immature!

Do you have a favourite author?

Authors – Tim Winton for his beautifully complex characters, Shaun Tan for his ability to present such a fresh perspective, Julia Donaldson for her delightful rhyme and metre and Andy Griffiths for his wicked humour.

Did/do you have any writing heroes or mentors?

There are few ‘real’ modern day heroes these days but Andy Griffiths is definitely one. He is humble in his success and generous with his advice for fellow writers. An inspiration to so many children, Andy is living proof that a super-man needs neither height, muscles, fake tan or perfect hair to succeed in life and make the world a better place.

How do they encourage you?

By being willing to be accessible to fans and writers regardless of age or where you are on your writing journey.

Do you write full time?

I wish! I don’t believe the industry as a whole supports the concept of a full time writer, it’s just a romantic notion … a myth. Most writers have an alternate paid job, be it inside or outside the industry, for financial support or at the very least, a wage earning spouse.

What are your other jobs?

I teach primary aged children which enables me to be immersed on a daily basis in the language, emotions and interactions of children who are the same age as my characters. It provides me with a rich pool of ideas, a sounding board for plot lines and gives me instant feedback chapter by chapter.

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?

The Hair Ball was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards in 2014 and I have several manuscripts which placed very well in the CYA Conference Competition in the last couple of years.

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

The ASA & SCBWI provide me with what I see as a safety net of professional advice and a broad range of opportunities to develop my craft.

Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?

Workshops run by Sally Rippin, Karen Tayleur and Alison Lester were all memorable for the honest way they shared their writing journey as all of them have worked hard for the success they have achieved.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

contactspiderlee@gmail.com

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

I keep a reading journal and write down all my thoughts about a book as soon as I finish reading it. Publishing details, what worked and what didn’t, if I related to the characters and felt emotionally invested in the storyline. I reflected back though this when I am editing manuscripts to help me compare the calibre of my work to texts which publishers obviously felt were marketable.

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.

www.spiderlee.net.au
www.facebook.com.artbyspiderlee
https://www.facebook.com/kelly.hunter.1253
http://spiderlee.net.au/blog/

PASS IT ON · Picturebooks · Writing

Meet the Writer – Karen Hendriks

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog. This takes time and I’m often running behind but from now on I’m hoping to keep this up to date.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go please meet….

Karen Hendriks

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 18th January 2016 – issue 569

 

When did you know that you were a writer?

This year when I decided to follow my dream and write.  I have always wanted to write but you are not a writer until you commit.

When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?

I have been reading my stories each week to children  from Kindergarten to Year six at school which has been extremely rewarding and I have even received author letters from them and some are now wanting to be writer’s themselves.   The snowball effect.

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?

None yet just writing getting ready for my first submissions. Yeeks.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?

Children’s picture books yay

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?

This year .  Some of my stories are called Wombat Cuddles, Happy, A very Clever Plan, Scaredy Pants or It is Only the Night, Clever Sneaky, Mr Brown, my favs are Wombat Cuddles  and It is only the Night.

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?

Wombat Cuddles and It is only the Night and the students at school love them and want them as books. They have drawn pictures and written me letters as and author and also about the characters.

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?

Children’s Picture books and self help books

Do you have a favourite author?

Mem Fox, Lynley Dodd, Libby Gleeson, Joy Cowley

Did/do you have any writing heroes or mentors?

No not yet but Mem Fox is my hero and Joy Cowley sent me her book writing for children such a creative, gorgeous lady.

How do they encourage you?

I met Mem and she was amazing and Joy wrote to me.

Do you mentor others? What do you do?

Yes last term I have been teaching Creative Writing to Stage two and Three Students.  I had no idea that my actions would ripple through the school it has really shown me that I am a writer.

Do you write full time?

No

What are your other jobs?

Casual teacher

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?
No

Have you ever been awarded a grant? How did it help you?

No

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?

ASA
Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?

Yes I have been to Cathy Tasker’s writing picture books course and one other course in Beecroft.

Do you run writing workshops? What do you include? 

For the school students we have been looking at techniques in picture books and doing fun little activities based on this.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?

Via email, mobile or Facebook.  I would love to do this immensely . I was going to visit local schools to gauge their responses to my stories.

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?

Yes writing and reading go hand in hand together.  I am Reading Recovery Trained, L3trained, learning difficult and ESL trained, behavioural difficulty trained and no matter what Reading and writing go together. Reading seems to takeoff first. A world of possibilities is opened through both.

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.

Email, Karen Hendriks Facebook

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Meet the Writer – Tania Ingram

Every week I like to feature an Australian writer and illustrator in PASS IT ON.

Now with the illustrators, once they have been featured in the ezine, I upload their interview onto a blog. This takes time and I’m often running behind but from now on I’m hoping to keep this up to date.

The writers that I’ve interviewed don’t have a blog of their own so I thought I might upload their interviews here. I won’t be able to go back to the beginning but I hope to fill this space with interesting insights into some of our wonderful writers.

So here we go please meet….

Tania Ingram

This interview first appeared in PASS IN ON on Monday 11th January 2016 – issue 568

 

Tania Ingram

When did you know that you were a writer?
Back in Primary School I won several writing competitions and remember thinking ‘If only I could do this every day.’ I think then I knew I was a writer; however, it took me another thirty years before I finally had the courage to send my work to a publisher.

What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?
I was fortunate enough to have my first piece of work accepted for publication. It was a picture book called Dog on Log and was published by Omnibus / Scholastic in 2013. I remember being thrilled and thinking ‘Wow! That was easy.’ Little did I know that it would be another three years before another of my manuscripts would be picked up for publication. I laugh now at how naïve I was.

What is your favourite genre to write? Why?
I’ve only written children’s books at this stage, although I’d like to try an adult novel one day. My mind seems to gravitate more towards the child genre, I’d like to think it’s because I’ve yet to grow up!

How long have you been writing? And what have you written?
I seriously started writing in 2011 and have one picture book currently published. I have four books coming out with Penguin in 2016 (a series called Jinny and Cooper) and an Aussie Mates chapter book also coming out next year with Scholastic called The Great Barbie Disaster.

Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?
I’ve really enjoyed writing the Jinny and Cooper series. I’m currently writing book 4 and I’m delving deeper into the characters and exploring what makes them tick. Sometimes they do things that surprise even me.

What is your favourite genre to read? Why?
I read a lot of children’s books because I have a daughter who loves reading and being read to. It’s such a joy to share different adventures and worlds with her. I do try to slip in a YA or adult book when I can as well, for a change of pace.

Do you have a favourite author?
I have so many favourite authors that I’d have a hard time narrowing it down to just one. I’ve recently read several of Neil Gaiman’s books and I love his writing style. He has a wonderful way of providing a lot of information in just a few words, which is a skill I’d like to learn.

Did/do you have any writing heroes or mentors?
I am very lucky in that I have several author and illustrator friends who I also consider mentors. We are fortunate in Australia to have such a strong, talented and supportive writing community.

Katrina Germein in particular has been an enormous source of encouragement and assistance to me and has really helped me to step outside my comfort zone.

How do they encourage you?
I’m encouraged via many avenues. I’m inspired when fellow writers share their journey, knowledge and successes. It gets me fired up to keep writing.

I’ve also been given fantastic opportunities to present at conferences, take workshops and join panels, which are things I probably wouldn’t have sought out on my own.

Perhaps most of all though, I’m buoyed by their friendship and support. It’s lovely to be surrounded by people who‘ll give you pep talks when you’re feeling disheartened and cheer for you when you get a book contract.

Do you write full time?
I am lucky enough to be able to write full time at the moment. It does mean occasionally living on noodles though. J

Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?
I’m a member of SCBWI, which is a terrific organisation full of supportive and inspiration people. I’m also a member of the ASA and SA Writer’s Centre, both which provide great information and workshops for writers. A couple of years ago I joined a local group called the eKIDnas, which is a great peer network of authors and illustrators here in South Australia.

How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?
I can be contacted though my website: TaniaIngram.com

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?
My number one advice would be to finish that book! It’s easy to have a great idea and begin a book but much harder to persist and finish it. Also, gratefully listen to any feedback you receive from editors and publishers, even if they’ve rejected your manuscript. Editors and publishers will point out your weaknesses, which can sometimes be hard to swallow but will make you a better writer in the long run. Finally, don’t ever give up.

How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.
You can find me through my website: TaniaIngram.com, on Facebook (TaniaIngramAuthor) and Twitter (@TaniaIngramAuth).

 

Thanks Tania – and if you are an Australian Children’s Book Writer (published or unpublished) and you’d like to be featured in PASS IT ON – please do get in touch and I’ll send you the questions.

Picturebooks

Ella saw the tree – Blog Tour

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Today I’d like to welcome Robert Vescio to my blog to help celebrate the release of his fifth picture book titled ‘Ella Saw The Tree’.

So Robert – what is your book about?

Ella saw the Tree is an entertaining story about living in the moment. 

One windy day, as Ella plays in her backyard, she is showered by leaves. When she looks up, Ella sees a tree in her backyard … has it always been there? And why is it crying?

It’s not until Ella carefully and attentively takes the time to – smell, listen, feel and look – that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. By slowing down and experiencing new sensations, Ella learns to appreciate the simple things in life.

Ella Saw the Tree is a beautifully illustrated and captivating story that show’s children how easy it is to appreciate the world.Ella Saw the Tree_Cover

And what inspired you to write it?

My children are easily distracted with television and video games that it can be difficult for them to focus. We often tell our children to ‘pay attention’ but we don’t often teach children HOW to pay attention. So I wanted to write a story that does that in a fun way.

Also, parents have told me that they’ve seen their children read a book and realise they have no idea what they’ve just read. They’re there in person, but their mind is elsewhere.

Mindful awareness can teach children how to live in the moment and become more aware. By taking in information from all their senses, children are able to explore as they learn about their world.

I’m hoping this story will help bring mental health, wellbeing, better concentration and reduce anxiety.

Mindfulness can increase happiness in a child’s life.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment; an awareness of our moment-to-moment experiences in our everyday lives.

Mindful awareness can teach children how to live in the moment and become more aware. By taking in information from all their senses, children are able to explore as they learn about their world.

Mindfulness is about training yourself to pay attention in a specific way. When a person is mindful, they are focused on the present moment, not worrying about anything that went on in the past or that might be coming up in future, purposefully concentrating on what’s happening around them and to them and not being judgemental about anything they notice.

We spend so much time thinking over stuff that happens, or worrying about things that may be happening in future, that often we actually forget to appreciate or enjoy the moment. Mindfulness is a way of bringing us back to experience life as it happens.

When you’re mindful it gives you a clear head, slows down your thoughts, gives your body time to heal, lets you relax, helps you cope with stress and helps you be more aware of yourself, your body and the environment.

What do you hope people will take away from reading this story?

Ella Saw The Tree is an entertaining story about living in the moment. By using the senses to smell, listen, and feel, the simple act of seeing something like a tree can be surprising and fun.

Teachers and parents alike can use this story as a starting point for discussing the concept of engaging all senses and being mindful of the little things in life.

For children, reading this book will open new perspectives on the world and being present in the moment.

Ella’s teacher in the story is a tree. Ella learns to appreciate her surroundings by using her senses.

I’m hoping this book will help children to calm themselves down, resist focusing on negative emotions, be more aware and improve their capacity to pay attention to being in the moment.

The more present and mindful you are, the happier and resilient you will be.

This is a great book to be shared with children of all ages.

What has been your journey up to this point?

My picture books include,Jack and Mia (Wombat Books) listed on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville(Big Sky Publishing), Marlo Can Fly (Wombat Books) listed on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, No Matter Who We’re With (IP Kidz) and I have more picture books due for release soon.

Many of my short stories have been published in anthologies such as Packed Lunch, Short and Twisted, Charms Vol 1, The Toy Chest and The School Magazine NSW.

I’ve won awards for my children’s writing including First Place in the 2012 Marshall Allan Hill Children’s Writing Competition and Highly Commended in the 2011 Marshall Allan Hill Children’s Writing Competition.

I am a Books in Homes Role Model and I enjoy visiting schools.

What is the most important thing about what you do?

For me the most rewarding part about being a picture book author is sharing my stories with children. Not only do I create fans for my books, but it’s great to see how I can make a difference in a child’s life.

I enjoy visiting schools because it connects kids to books and gives them an appreciation of the process involved in creating the books they love. It’s a much more powerful way than simply reading them.

Do you think picture books are important?

Most definitely. I love picture books because of the way they express emotions and ideas in simple ways. Picture books invite engagement – a connection. That’s why I enjoy writing picture books because it supports an adult-child conversation. The pictures help to initiate a discussion with young children and express their feelings. 

What is next for you?

My next picture book Eric Finds A Way (Wombat Books) and illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn will be released in July this year. It’s a wonderful story about believing in the ability to think creatively.

I also have another two picture books due out later in the year: Finn and Puss with EK Books, and stunning illustrations, by newcomer illustrator, Melissa Mackie and Bigger Than Yesterday, Smaller Than Tomorrow with Little Pink Dog Books and the very talented illustrator Kathy Creamer.

You can find out more information about Robert and his books on his website www.robertvescio.com and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RobertVescioAuthor/?fref=ts

Thank you for having me on your blog, Jackie. It’s been wonderful sharing Ella’s story with you and your readers.

Thank you Robert and I wish you all the best with your lovely new picture book.

To continue with this blog tour please follow the links below…

Just Write For Kids: http://www.justkidslit.com/robert-vescios-story-on-mindfulness-opens-our-hearts/

Kids Book Review Giveaway: http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2017/04/giveaway-ella-saw-tree.html

Kids Book Review: http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2017/04/review-ella-saw-tree.html

Emma Middleton: https://emmamiddleton.com/2017/04/26/sharing-ella-saw-the-tree-by-robert-vescio/

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