Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: August 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Best Boys' Book Ever at Boys, Blokes, Books


I've just published the first post of my three-month residency at Boys, Blokes, Books and Bytes. Some fantastic Australian authors have contributed their suggestions on the best book for boys ever. I'd love you to submit your own contenders at


Twitter, New Blog and Books


I seem to be diving deeper into the electronical webiverse. I'm unsure if this is a good thing but it's slowly slurping me in.

* I've relaunched and renamed this blog. It'll be more personal, rather than straight news stuff.

* I'm on Twitter and I've been connecting with some interesting peeps.

* I'm blogging over at the State Library of Vic's Boys, Blokes, Books and Bytes for three months from now through to November. Love you to join me there to share ideas on incredible books for boys:

* About to embark on a blog tour with it's yr life co-writer, Tempany Deckert, guest-posting and doing interviews on some cool YA blogs. Will let you know which.

* Been developing a brand new website, 'The World of Mac Slater' ahead of the release of Mac Slater Hunts the Cool in the US next year.

After my current book touring comes to a close with Bris Writers Fest in mid-September, I'll be diving into a draft of a brand new book which I'm really looking forward to. I snuck a couple of hours in today and remembered why I love writing.

Hope all this web action doesn't tip me over the edge. Must remember to breathe and not get too twitchy. Dreaming in 140 characters or less can't be healthy.



Monday, August 10, 2009

Byron Bay Writers Fest 2009 Highlights

* ‘Only begin.’ Tom Keneally’s advice to writers. I try to do this every day (sometimes unsuccessfully). Start writing, be consistent, don’t make excuses.

* Sam Cutler telling me that Ben and Jerrys ice cream is coming to Australia. You haven’t lived till you’ve tasted New York Super Fudge Chunk or Cherry Garcia.

* Judith Lanigan busting out her hoops for a crazy hula at the end of our sessions.

* The near-brawl when the locals got involved in the Byron: Magic or Tragic session.

* Nick Earls’ tale of his big break ... as a storytelling armchair. Nick’s was basically a stand-up routine. He’s an inspiring speaker.

* Mistaking Stephen Dando-Collins for Stephen Spielberg at the Random House dinner. (From back and profile, identical.)

* The audience in the kids’ tent on the Saturday. So keen and engaged, and with great ideas to offer. Very cool.
* Most writers seem to agree with those old chestnuts that, ‘You have to write the first draft to find out what the book’s about,’ and ‘Books are not so much finished as abandoned’. These sentiments were echoed by authors throughout the fest.

* Tom Keneally and Marele Day’s advice on organising your research notes: Place vaguely-related pieces of paper in piles either on the floor or on an unused pool table. Nice to know that such fine writers share my filing approach.

* The suggested nit-cures in my Nit Boy / Mac Slater session: mayonnaise, orange juice and toothpaste are apparently at the cutting edge of edginess in head lice treatment. Remember where you heard it first.

A new venue for the fest this year. Less grass, but plenty of blue sky, scorching sunshine, good coffee, cool people, big ideas and lots of laughs. Giddyup. Bring on 2010.

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