Book launch wrap up

I can't believe it's been a week since launched Swallow Me, NOW! Last Saturday at 1pm, at Oakleigh Library, a group gathered ready to launch my first book. There were 28 adults and 11 kids in attendance, including many family members. The day was opened by Eileen Louden, the children & youth librarian, followed by my my 12 year old son with his 10 year old brother standing next to him. … [Read more...]

How did you come up with the title?

This is a question my kids asked me, so I thought I'd answer it here. The working title for Swallow Me, NOW! was Sam's Solution as it tells of the solution Sam came up with to her problem with bullying. At every step of the way, it was suggested that it be changed. I admit that I wasn't completely happy with that title, but I couldn't think of anything better. When we sent the manuscript to … [Read more...]

Why a missionary kid?

This was a question a few of my early readers asked. Between 1983 and 1986, my family were missionaries in Nepal. I had trouble adjusting to life in Australia and was bullied when I was at school. I drew on many of my experiences when writing the story, so that was part of it. I also wanted to explore the aspect of exclusion when it came to bullying. It seemed that most of the stories I've … [Read more...]

Swallow Me, NOW! – Invitation to a book launch

You are invited to attend the book launch of Swallow Me, NOW! When: Saturday 25 October, 2014. 1 - 2pm Where: Oakleigh Library, 148 Drummond Street, Oakeigh, VIC, 3166 Children and adults are very welcome to attend! Includes book sales and signing. Swallow Me, NOW! is the first book in an exciting new series. At Green Oaks Primary School, ten year old Samantha Phillips is back in … [Read more...]

Who was the inspiration for Sam?

When I was eight, my family came back to Australia after three years in Nepal, and I found it very hard to adjust to life in Australia.After two terms at Chadstone Park Primary School in grades 3 and 4, I started at Clayton North Primary School in the middle of grade 4. While Sam starts at Green Oaks Primary School in the middle of grade 5, many of the feelings are the same. It's never easy … [Read more...]