Alternative titles

February 10, 2020

Back in 2014, I published my first book, Swallow Me, NOW! It was quite a process of drafting, editing, illustrations, and beta readers. The story had been called Sam’s Solution during this process, but it wasn’t a title that I really loved, it was just what I came up with when I …

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What I’ve Read – January 2020

February 1, 2020

Happy New Year everyone. It’s been a crazy start to 2020 with much of Australia on fire. About 18 months ago, we moved to Gippsland and there were fires in East Gippsland, a couple of hours drive away. Our week away was cancelled and there were many days when we …

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A new book is coming

January 17, 2020

Back in 2012, I entered a flash fiction competition  with a story called My Princess Wears a Superman Cape. This is the story of two little girls who can’t agree how to play with their Princess dolls, coming to the conclusion that girls can be whoever they want to be. …

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What I’ve Read – December 2019

January 1, 2020

Can you believe we’re at the end of 2019 already? Picture books featured highly in my December reading. My kids gave me My Pet Star by Corrinne Averiss & Rosalind Beardshaw and Ten Minutes to Bed Little Unicorn by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton for Christmas. They know that picture books always …

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Successes for 2019

December 29, 2019

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, …

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Promoting books for the New Year

December 27, 2019

Lately I’ve seen a lot of posts from libraries and bookshops that feature their most popular books. These are the books that have been borrowed the most, or the books that have been bought the most. The lists have the books that people have already heard about through other channels, …

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover