Michelle and I are former colleagues from Parramatta City Library, many years ago. Who would have thought we now share a passion for writing as well?
Thanks for the tag, Michelle!
What Am I Working On?
Two manuscripts actually - a picture book which relates the story behind the monument on Thirroul beach to commemorate a shipwreck which occurred in 1898.
I walk past the monument daily and often wondered about the story behind it. I've always had a love of history and an increasing interest in writing (and reading!) narrative non fiction for children. I'm lucky that I've also been able to talk to historian Joe Davis, also from Thirroul who has written about the events surrounding the shipwreck of the 'Amy'. We both have some interesting thoughts regarding the consequences! The other story I'm working on began as a picture book bt has evolved into a younger reader's chapter book. It also involves my cooking and recipes!
How Does My Work Differ From Others in My Genre?
My first picture book 'Coming Home' differed in that it dealt with a mental illness - depression. I was inspired to write it because my late husband endured a long battle with depression and the bok is about a father's recovery and his daughter's experience. Hopefully this has led to more discussions with children.
My beginner's chapter ebook 'Try!' is about rugby league. I wrote that because I had young students wanting to read about league, but nothing wa published at their level. It's great to see a new series featuring Billy Slater published.
Why Do I Write What I Write?
All my stories have sprung from real exeriences of mine. 'Waiting For Rain' is based on a conversation I had with my brother as he waited for is mare to foal during a period of extreme drought in 2006. I used memories of my son Pat and his Thirroul 'Butchers' rugby league team when writing 'Try!'.
Another story I'm working on is based on a lovely elderly couple who were our neighbours when I was growing up. I stick to the writing 'rule' of writing what you know.
How Does My Writing Proces Work?
Mostly slowly! I mentiod to another author last week that I had a cuple of stories 'on the boil', but I likened it rather tothe 'keep warm' setting on my slow cooker! I usually write stories in my head for ages before even committing the first sentence to paper. I like to have the beginning sentence the 'problem' and the ending or resolution firmly worked out in my head first. After writing a couple of drafts of the story on my computer, I may pass it to my writing buddy, author Jodie Wells-Slowgrove, who always give honest feedback! Then I rewrite/redraft/edit until I am happy with the result and back it goes to Jodie again. I'm not a prolifc story writer, but I am usually writing 'something' - whether it's letter to the editor, lesson plans for school or even emails or facebook and twitter posts.
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