Dogs, cake and books … what more could you want?

I’m fortunate to live in a great community where authors and other artists are supported.

Today I met with my local bookshop and librarian to talk books … and launches. More specifically, the launch of my new book, K9 Heroes.

I can’t remember which of us (although it could have been Woody from New Leaves bookshop) came up with the suggestion some months ago that the launch just wouldn’t be the same without dogs.

And so it is, that I’ll be launching my book at the Woodend Library on 26th August at 4.30 pm and DOGS ARE INVITED.

There will be a competition on the day for:

  • Dog with the biggest smile
  • Dog with the smartest trick
  • Dog most like its owner

Requests have already been made to bring alpacas and cats, but I’m sorry, this is a day for dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’d like to be part of the fun, you can find the details here.

You’re welcome to bring your family, your pooch, or someone else’s pooch (with their permission of course). You can also come sans dog if you wish.

Online competition.

For your chance to win a signed copy of the book, and treats for your K9, tell us in 25 words or less why your dog is a hero. You must be present at the launch to collect your prize.

You can enter here.

Doggy Delights

Book trailer

If you want to know more about the book, here’s the book trailer.

I hope to see you at the launch. Oh … and did I mention there will be cookies and cake too? We’re going to have a barking good time ๐Ÿ™‚

Dee

 

 

 

Sunday for Children’s Writers at the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writer’s Festival

If you’re coming to the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writer’s Festival, make sure you pop in and say, “Hi”.

I’ll be talking about writing for the international market, and the delightful Dimity Powell will be launching my new books, Reena’s Rainbow and K9 Heroes.

The festival has a great line up of speakers, launches and presentations – Sunday is especially for those who write children’s and YA books.

Bookings can be made through festival website.

Hope to see you there.

Dee

Writing With Love

Writing about what you love is such a joyous experience.

Not only that, your passion for your subject comes through in your writing, and makes it sparkle.

Recently, I realised that both my new books due to be released this year involve dogs. And I LOVE dogs.

In Reena’s Rainbow, to be published by EK Books, Reena meets a stray dog and it changes her life. (I love illustrator, Tracie Grimwood’s sensitive and beautiful interpretation of my Dog).

In K9 Heroes, to be published by Scholastic Australia, all four stories are about amazing dogs who have saved people’s lives.

Here are my tips for writing about what you love. I hope you find them helpful.

WRITING ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE

  1. Remember that your reader might not know as much about your passion as you do … so some explanation might be required.
  2. Story comes first … so don’t let your love for your subject distract you from the art of good story telling.
  3. What you love is part of who you are, it’s part of your natural voice so allow it to filter through organically in your work. Don’t let it become contrived. For example, me bringing dogs into my story happened in my subconscious, and while I love writing about them, that doesn’t mean I should have a dog in every story.
  4. Enjoy the experience. It’s okay to love what you do … even if it’s not paying the bills … yet.
  5. Look for markets that publish pieces about your passion.

What do you love writing about? Do you find recurring themes or symbols in your writing. If so, we’d love you to share your experiences in the comments section of this post.

Happy writing ๐Ÿ™‚

Dee