The northern Welsh valleys and far north Queensland in 1921 are the settings for my newly completed adventure for 11-14 year olds. As an author writing historical novels, researching all the elements involved has been a significant and fascinating part of creating this coming-of-age adventure. … Continue reading The mountain … Mt Mulligan mining disaster, 100 years on
Two months ago, I finished a novel I started 13 years ago during a May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship residency in Adelaide. What a frustrating first draft that was too with its jumping between three generations, and even the paleogeology of the magnificent monolith … Continue reading The mountain. The girl. The story.
It’s one of the most popular questions writers get asked. With much the same answers too … story inspirations come from everywhere! What you see, hear, smell, taste. From memories. From books. From your heart. From words and images. It’s the same for writing school … Continue reading Where do story ideas come from?
In my previous blog I shared a video, American illustrator, Mark Gregory Mitchell and I filmed when I was in Austin, Texas a few years ago. Here is PART 2 … this time chatting about designing and illustrating the chapter heading motifs for my children’s … Continue reading That same day in Texas … #2
Several years ago, we travelled to the US to stay with our son, David and his wife, Kathleen. David was in Austin, Texas in his year at a university working on oceanographic research as part of his Fulbright Scholarship. So, of course, I contacted the … Continue reading One day in Austin, Texas