A new anthology is is available now!

Teapot Tales Volume 3 is now available!

Teapot Tales Volume 3 is now available!

I have some exciting news to share. Volume 3 of Teapot Tales is now live on Amazon!

For those who are new here, Teapot Tales is the annual anthology of the Chapter Book Challenge. Every year, a group of children’s authors get together, write short stories on a theme, and we release an anthology. This year, the theme was Fractured Fairy Tales.

I have two stories in this edition. The Girl of Legend is a version of Sleeping Beauty, and I have a version of The Three Little Pigs. Overall, there is a mix of fractured fairy tales and some new ones.

Very soon I will have copies in my online store if you want to purchase a copy, but in the mean time, you can get your copy direct from Amazon with the links below:

Watch this space and I’ll let you know when I have copies available.

Setting a goal – and a deadline!

My 13 year old at Melbourne Cube Days 2015

My 13 year old at Melbourne Cube Days 2015

Earlier this year, my 13 year old attended the Australian Nationals 2015 run by Speedcubing Australia. He had an amazing weekend, and a few weeks later, took part in the Melbourne Cube Days 2015.

Following these, we were talking about books and whether there were any books that featured kids who cubed. We went looking, but couldn’t find anything! So, my 13 year old has set me a challenge – write some!

I have written one book so far. Cubing for Chronic Fatigue is about a boy called Tony who uses his cube to raise money for the Chronic Fatigue Association after his little brother is diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue. It’s part of my Green Oaks Primary School series and we’re hoping to release it early in 2016.

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Cubing for CFS – Crowdfunding update

Cubing for CFS - update

Cubing for CFS – update

Welcome to the first Crowdfunding update for Cubing for CFS. The campaign has been going for just over a week, and is off to a slow start. There are still 20 days to go, so we can still get there.

To date we have 9 amazing supporters. A huge thank you to Julie, Leisl, Filbert, Karin, Nola, James, Damian, Greg, and Edbert for their support.

If you missed it, you can read the story that inspired Cubing for CFS here. Remember, that 10% of all money raised goes to Emerge Australia to help continue their work with ME/CFS.

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Friday Five – Discovering new authors when you don’t have a book buying budget

Friday Five

Friday Five – Discover new authors

I love reading, and read as much as I can. This has lessened recently between working, kids, and life. I always have a book or two on the go. While I have my favourite authors (this changes fairly regularly), I do enjoy discovering new ones. As much as I’d love to spend hours in the local bookshop buying new books, I simply don’t have the money, especially for a book I may or may not enjoy.

Here are five ways I’ve discovered new favourite authors without breaking the bank. With all of these ideas, I have since purchased books at full price, or had them given to me as gifts. [Read more…]

The Story Behind the Story… #crowdfunding

The story behind Cubing for CFS

The story behind Cubing for CFS

You may have noticed that I’ve launched the crowdfunding campaign for my next book, Cubing for CFS. You can see the campaign and support it here. This is the next story coming from Green Oaks Primary School, and is inspired by a true story.

The story that inspired this book began two years ago when my then nine year old came down with glandular fever. Initially, I thought it was a bad cold and he was just being melodramatic, but it got much worse and we were recommended to take him to hospital where they diagnosed glandular fever.

We were told that because he was nine, he would bounce back in a couple of weeks. It was three weeks before the school holidays, so we thought that with five weeks off school he would be back to normal…. we were wrong!

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Kids need diverse books….

Need for diverse books

Need for diverse books

There’s a campaign called We Need Diverse Books. I hadn’t thought much about it until recently when I read a post by Michelle Worthington. You can read her post here. You see, when I thought about this campaign, I thought of picture books and, as I don’t write picture books, I didn’t pay too much attention… I’m sad to say.

The thing that struck me with Michelle’s post was her talking about making sure there were books that reflected modern kids in all their weird and wonderful interests and quirks.

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Book recommendations – from your kids!

BookrecommnedationsbykidsA few times recently, I’ve been stuck for books to read. That’s not to say that there weren’t books around (my To Be Read pile is actually a bookshelf!), it was more I didn’t know what to read next.

I decided to take a risk and I asked my kids to recommend books to me, which I promised to read.

Both kids jumped at the chance to choose a book for me. They chose books they had been bugging me to read for some time.

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ABC – Day 33 – What’s Next?

My next book

My next book

What is/will be the subject of your next book?

My next book has the working title of Cubing for CFS. It’s based on a true story.

My 11 year old son has myalgic encephalomyelitis, more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). He was diagnosed on February this year. My 13 year old loves solving a Rubik’s cube and organised a fundraiser at his school to raise funds and awareness of CFS at his school. He raised over $200 for Emerge Australia.

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ABC – Day 8 – Favourite Character

Who is your favourite character?

Who is your favourite character?

Who is your favorite literary character? With which literary character do you most relate? Which literary character would you most like to invite for tea/coffee? What would you ask him/her? What do you think you could teach him/her?

OK, who came up with this topic? There’s no way I can choose just one character… I love them all! Well, maybe not all of them, but asking me who my favourite character is is on par with asking me what is my favourite book, or who is my favourite child! I simply can’t decide. [Read more…]

Needing some editing motivation…

Need motivation to edit this book...

Need motivation to edit this book…

Please help! I have two stories for the Green Oaks Primary School series that are in need of editing, but I’m struggling to find the motivation.

I know what I need to do. The first has been through my editor and I have her comments. The second is in a much earlier stage, having just completed my first draft during Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

I have a plan for them, and deadlines, I’m just struggling with the motivation to get them edited, so I thought I’d reach out to my readers for their words of wisdom. [Read more…]

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