Almost two months ago, we launched Grandpa versus Swing. Days later, we were in lockdown again. Here in the Auckland region we are still fairly strictly locked down. Time ticks on - in fact the weeks seem to fly - but it feels a bit like the world has stopped. Books couldn't be shipped in … Continue reading Keeping up with Grandpa
A big day!
We officially launched Grandpa versus Swing on Saturday, with a very encouraging and supportive crowd at Mahurangi East Library. It was an absolute pleasure to have award-winning illustrator Lael Chisholm with us for the event. Thank you so much to everyone who came, to Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa and Scholastic NZ, … Continue reading A big day!
Grandpa versus Swing book launch
Our book launch is taking place this coming weekend! We will be celebrating at Mahurangi East Library, Snells Beach, from 1pm on Saturday 14 August. Please register at the Storylines website by this Wednesday, 11 August, I'd you'd like to join us.
Woohoo! I am very excited to announce that Grandpa versus Swing is in stores now! I have had a lot of fun writing it, and learning about the publication process. I hope you have just as much fun reading it!
Shaping ideas into a story
I don't sit down with a blank page to try and think up stories. I have tried that before. It doesn't work for me. Instead, a story idea might begin anytime, anywhere, with an observation, or a scrap of overheard conversation, perhaps a serendipitous pairing of words that somehow dance together. Most often, a character … Continue reading Shaping ideas into a story
Here I begin, without any sense of audience, as if warming up at a microphone in front of an empty hall. Here I step back from writing fiction to explore the art and process of storytelling. Here I create a writing routine, and share with others the things that inspire me. This impulse to begin … Continue reading Beginning