Look, if you’re going to wear a silly hat, think big I say.
It’s been years since I’ve taken part in our national Silly Hats Day, but this year I’m keen.
As revealed at Saturday’s The Inside Story, a racehorse was one of the major inspirations for my children’s book, Drongoes…
And now, with the Spring Racing Carnival in full swing, Drongo, The Immortal Loser has also hit the adult bookshelves.
Nice to have another drongo author out there….But do you think he has a fascinator to rival mine?
Posted: September 13, 2013 in Events, Writing, YA Fiction
Tags: This Writing Life
Big news – my new YA novel Intruder will be hitting the bookshelves on June 1 next year!
So excited. Not only because hello, I have a new novel coming out!, but because now I get to spend the rest of this year on the heady delights of the edit.
Yes, folks, it’s a guilty pleasure: holing up in my new office with turkish delight, massaging all the kinks out of my manuscript.
For me, the first draft can feel a bit like a marathon, exhausting and endless. But the subsequent drafts, they’re the well-earned warm-down that stretches and primes me for the challenges ahead.
Finessing characters’ backstories to reveal motivation, ironing out tone, teasing out thematic links…. this is my favourite part of the writing process. And I’ve been fortunate to have had first readers who’ve helped take Intruder to the next level.
Bouquets to uber-librarian Miss Trish Buckley, my wonderful agent Leonie Tyle, Publisher Zoe Walton and Editor Cristina Briones at Random House Australia for their thought-provoking and incisive comments and questions. You’re helping make Intruder all that it could and should be.
I’ll be flying off to Barcelona tonight with laptop and editing notes under my wing. Hasta pronto mis amigos!
Kids often ask me if I have any of the stories that I wrote at school, and the answer has always been no – until now.
Now, thanks to the 50th anniversary of my old alma mater Biloela State High, and the archaeological skills of my sister-in-law Bridget, an early Pleistocene era original Chris Bongers short story has been unearthed!
The excitement generated by this fantastic find (in a 1976 edition of our school magazine Narina) has been felt from Jambin to Brisbane (though I’m hoping to spread the thrill beyond just Bridget and me, by ringing my Mum later tonight).
I may even share it with the Year 9 short story writers I’m talking to at All Hallows School this week. The bar has been set low, girls. Feel free to vault it!
I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date…
Book Week is bearing down on me like an angry headmistress, and I’m late, I’m late…
My tights are torn, I can’t find my hat, the beagle ate my homework and I forgot to tell you about THIS-
Yes, it’s Qld’s Book Week Dinner with wine, and authors and illustrators at every table, and the CBCA Book of the Year Announcements, and everything bookish, booyah!
Come on, people. This will be fun. All the cool kids are coming. So hope to see you there.
Friday, 16th August from 6pm. Bookings essential. Click here for the Booking Form.