Tahiti: My Idyllic Writing Retreat

Tahiti lagoon and infinity pool

For one luscious week I explored Tahiti, my idyllic paradise … immersing myself in the exotic French Polynesian culture in a soothing tropical environment. Days of surrendering and relaxing in the sunshine, experiencing the here and now.

Snorkeling in lush lagoons … safari trekking through rugged rainforests, waterfalls and […]

How to Maximize Constructive Writing Feedback

WOOHOO! Yesterday I received positive feedback from the Children & YA (CYA) writing competition for one of my children’s stories. ALANA TO THE RESCUE, Book 1 of my picture book series, obtained a perfect score from one judge and a near perfect score from the other, with an overall score of 95% … Both […]

CHARACTERS– How to Create Memorable CHARACTERS

I’ve amped my characters to the max utilising individual Character Profiles to create characters that are memorable, believable, with a strong sensory impression. Last year, I trialed JOSH AND THE IT with a target audience of children at schools and libraries, and kids identified with Josh and the Super Space Kids straight away.

Where did […]

Breathing Fresh Life into my Characters

Last Friday, a Children’s Publisher emailed the most Positive Rejection letter possible for my Kids Sci-Fi chapter novel, Josh and the It. So good I want to frame it.

Words like … ‘Your plot is strong and moves along at a good pace. Like your addition of humour … its child centred. You have successfully […]