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An interview with Kirrily Lowe

An interview with Kirrily Lowe

Hi, my name is Kirrily Lowe and I am the author of The Invisible Tree Children’s Books.

Question 1: What was your first book published?

Love and Joy of The Invisible Tree Series.

Question 2: What is your favourite part about being an author?

Capturing truth in a fun and palatable way.

Question 3: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Self promotion.

Question 4: What do you do for fun?

Hang out with my family and with friends.  I love bushwalking, the beach and nature in general.  

Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

My husband, my kids and good friends.

Question 6: What is your favourite children’s book now?

I have fallen in love the with book The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – it is an old book, but stunningly beautiful and poignant with meaning.  

Question 7: What do you consider your biggest achievement?

Giving birth to my children.

 

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An interview with Lynne Stringer

An interview with Lynne Stringer

Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life, beginning with short stories in her primary school days. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels. Lynne currently works as a professional editor and proofreader. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and young son. 

Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?

The first story I ever wrote was called Goldie the Pony. I was about eight years old at the time. It was written out by hand, with drawings, and I stapled it together to make a book. I don’t really think it was suitable for publication! :-)

Question 2: What was your first book published?

The first book I had published was The Heir, book one of the Verindon trilogy. It was published on 1st June 2013. Book two, The Crown, is due out in November 2013.

Question 3: What is your favourite part about being an author?

I like seeing people react positively to my story. There’s nothing more exciting than to have someone contact me and say, ‘I loved your book! It was amazing! When’s the next one coming out?’

Question 4: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Trying to promote myself. Like most writers, I’m an introvert, and it’s difficult to try and sell. But I have to remember that I have a product worth promoting.

Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

When I wrote The Heir I had a group of friends online who read it chapter by chapter. They have become my most ardent supporters, and they were the ones who encouraged me to try and get it published. I dedicate The Heir to them as a ‘thank you’.

Question 6: What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I enjoyed science fiction, but also historical books. And anything I read (or write) must have a hint of romance in it.

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An interview with Dawn Meredith

An interview with Dawn Meredith

Hi, I’m Dawn! I love robots and gadgets, cartoons and dragons and enjoy hanging out with our animals. I teach kids of all ages, just one at a time, to read & write and have loads of fun doing it! I have lots and lots of goofy ideas banging around in my head, waiting to jump out onto my computer screen. If only I had five pairs of hands! Or had five clones of me…

Question 1: What was your first book published?

Donald Bradman for the Livewires series in 2000

Question 2: What is your favourite part about being an author?

Hearing kids talk about my books and the characters they love. It still makes me tingle all over!

Question 3: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Working at writing, when you’d rather be watching Ben Ten Alien Force

Question 4: What do you do for fun?

Hang out with our dogs, chooks & cat, watch cartoons, do art, make stuff, go bushwalking with our horse and grow magnificent flowers in our garden.

Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

I have test readers. Some are kids, some are adults. My ‘first’ test readers read the raw stuff, as it comes, and give me feedback pretty much straight away. Other test readers often read a whole manuscript, up to 100,000 words!

Question 6: What was your favourite children’s book when you were a kid?

Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ series, but I also loved the classics, such as Black Beauty, Robinson Crusoe, Heidi and Alice in Wonderland and Little House on the Prairie.

Question 7: What is your favourite children’s book now?

Probably Cornelia Funke’s Reckless

Question 8: Have you ever travelled overseas as an author?

Yes, I travelled to Cornwall in England, the rough sea coast of pirates and smugglers to write a novel for teens set there.

Question 9: What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I like fiction and non-fiction, but love fantasy and sci-fi the best.

Question 10: What do you consider your biggest achievement?

Finishing four full length novels

Question 11: Where do you see the future of children’s books (ebooks/apps/print)?

I think there will always be people like me who love the smell, feel and look of a real book in their hands, so I’m not worried about e-publishing taking over. One of my books, The Anything Shop, is both print and ebook. So is my new release of my first book, Sir Donald Bradman.

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An interview with Dr Joe

I am Dr Joe, scientist, author, edutainer. This means I go about trying to get children (and teachers) to understand how to create knowledge through science. I have a lifelong passion for philosophy (particularly epistemology) science (as a social phenomenon) and fantasy, having written award winning fantasy for the Living Greyhawk campaign setting. I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, attending church, and in challenging people in what they think and in what they think about what they think. I also play flute. 

Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?

The X-or story, based off a dream I had when I was 8, and it's taken over 30 years to write down. One day, we will publish, but not yet.

Question 2: What was your first book published?

The Tae'anaryn. My sci fi story Arrendrallendriania came out first, as a self published book, but I don't really count that since I learnt everything I learnt about writing by working with the talented staff and authors at Wombat Books, who published The Tae'anaryn.

Question 3: What is your favourite part about being an author?

Disappearing into a fantasy world of my own creation.

Question 4: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Being avid enough to love it, but not established enough to give up my day job.

Question 5: What do you do for fun?

I write.

Question 6: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

I read them to my children, and sometimes to select fans.

Question 7: What was your favourite children's book when you were a kid?

The stories my Dad made up at bedtime. Trumps all.

Question 8: What is your favourite children's book now?

The Tae'anaryn. I would have loved that book as a child!

Question 9: Have you ever travelled overseas as an author?

No. The internet is as far as I'd like to travel outside Australia, at least at this point in my life.

Question 10: Have you met anyone even more famous than you that was exciting?

Yes. Small children are often more enthusiastic to see me than they are to see themselves. Hang on, is that what you meant? Did I misunderstand that question? (adjusts microphone nervously).

Question 11: What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I know it may not show, but science fantasy. That's science fiction that's too unbelievable to be merely enhanced reality, yet given such plausible theory as to be almost? scientific.

Question 12: What do you consider your biggest achievement?

Marrying Samantha

Question 13: Where do you see the future of children's books (ebooks/apps/print)?

Books. We love paper, and turning pages. That'll never go completely out of style!

Question 14: What is your favourite way/time to read?

On a computer

Question 15: What book are you reading right now?

Motive Games, a good read!

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