Read Like A Girl – Sofie Laguna

Author and screenwriter Sofie Laguna was guest speaker at the ‘Read Like A Girl’ series. Riverbend Books owner, Suzy Wilson interviewed Sofie gleaning insights into her writing process and her latest book ‘The Choke’. Over half the audience had read her book, and by the end of her author talk, all books had almost sold…

Sam says Believe You Can Do It

Author Samantha Wheeler said to ‘believe you can do it’ – writing for middle grade fiction. It didn’t matter how long ago you were a kid, you can re-create experiences and situations for your young readers to relate to. As an adult writing for children, you know what it was like to feel embarrassed, or…

May Gibbs Fellow – Catherine Bateson

Some 25 people cheered and celebrated Catherine Bateson’s fellowship completion with the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust. Catherine shared her research findings with writers, friends and May Gibbs supporters. Catherine Bateson is the author of 15 books for young readers, and has twice won the CBCA Book of the Year, as well as a Queensland Premier’s…

Writing a Book Likened to Mountain Climbing

Author James Moloney’s persistence has spearheaded him towards the launch of his 50th book ‘The Love That I Have’. He compared ‘writing a book’ to ‘climbing up a mountain’. ‘You can’t run up a mountain… you take it step-by-step.’ Also to the gasps and delight of audiences, he discussed the process behind the process —…

The Perfect Picture Book Partnership

KidLitVic 2018 panel on children’s picture book partnerships discussed author and illustrators as being 50/50 creators of the picture book process. Without words there’d be no book. Without illustrations there’d be no book. Illustrations have the potential to sell the book beyond words. Words have the potential to inspire the illustrator beyond belief. ‘It’s like…

Creating An Appetite For Series

At KidLitVic 2018, three publishers shared their expertise and insight into the world of book series. Series were a long term investment for publisher and author. A good series (eg., the Narnia series by CS Lewis etc.,) will have readers read, follow and love the characters, their world and plot line. Michael Wagner, interviewer, lead…

What to Expect When You’re Expecting… A Book!

What I learned from KidLitVic 2018 as a first-timer. The whole day was much more than I anticipated and made less daunting with a familiar face or three. My aim was to look, listen and learn during KidLitVic – free from the nervousness of assessments. Prior to the big day was the logistics of negotiating…