10 Things you (wished you) didn’t know about Dimity Powell – Children’s author


by - November 15th, 2012


Welcome to my first post at Boomerang Books.  I would be lying if I didn’t admit my hands are trembling just a little. Taking hold of the reins that my colleague and dear friend Tania McCartney used to steer her posts so aptly and smoothly with for the past year or so, is by no means an easy feat. My heartfelt thanks and best wishes to you Tania!

So who is Dimity S Powell? DSP? Well, I’m often accused of my Debatable Sensory Perception on life; that is to say, the description ~ dim but nice ~ suits my persona well. But is there more to being Dim? You’re about to find out…

1.       The first short story I ever submitted was accepted by the School Magazine in NSW. It gave me immense hope and slightly unreal expectations.

2.       I once had a close encounter of the lost-in-a-triangular-kind-of way off the island of Bermuda whilst crossing the Atlantic, in a vintage Camper and Nicholson motor yacht. Fortunately, I was not transported off this planet, at least I don’t remember if I was.

3.       I used to play the flute – well. Now I just polish it – a lot. It’s shinier than some of my manuscripts.

4.       My first epiphany was at six years of age. I was standing in the girls’ toilets of my new primary school when I realised all of my friends were books. But this didn’t faze me in the slightest. I had the most profound thought: through books one could acquire anything, go anywhere and learn absolutely everything. It was a powerful realisation, and a conviction that I still carry today.

5.       At some point in my life, hanging one load of nappies (yes I used cloth ones) on the line was considered a herculean achievement. Now if I’m not juggling at least 15 balls, with my left toes whilst in an inverted yoga position, it’s just not a normal day.

6.       I considered living in Istanbul, twice, but never learnt to count over 1000 in Turkish. The cost of a loaf of bread would inflate a thousand Lira every three days. That’s ridiculously more fingers than I had to count with.

7.       I got wrinkly in a spa of George Harrison’s one time, but have never met him face to face.

8.       I read every Trixie Beldon mystery novel as a kid but have never ever felt the need to ‘solve’ anything; especially mathematical equations.

9.       I’ve eaten sea cucumber and alligator. Neither tasted like chicken. Both are infinitely more palatable than black boned chicken.

10.   I am a children’s author because I write for kids. I write for kids simply because it is so much fun.

I look forward to sharing my passion of all things Kids’ Lit with you in the weeks to come. Please excuse me though for a small while; my sleigh is about to depart and I’m due on board for the launch of my new Christmas kids’ novel, PS Who Stole Santa’s Mail? Keep an eye out for me as I soar by.


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7 Responses to “10 Things you (wished you) didn’t know about Dimity Powell – Children’s author”

  1. Clayton Wehner Says:

    Welcome aboard Dimity – it’s great to have you!

  2. Tania McCartney Says:

    Can’t wait to watch you shine, Dim! x

  3. Dimity Powell Says:

    Thanks guys. I’ve been working on my glittery bits Tania. Can’t wait to share more Clayton. Dimity :-)

  4. Candice Lemon-Scott Says:

    Great post! I loved the Trixie Belden books too and had them all lined up on my bookshelves as a kid (in number order) ;).

  5. Angela Sunde Says:

    Did you at least have Ringo in the spa with you? He he… what a fascinatingly quirky first post – just loved it! Congratulations on your new book release.

  6. George Ivanoff Says:

    Cloth nappies! I used them with our first daughter nine and half years ago, for the first 8 months or so. Then our area introduced recycling for disposable nappies, so I shifted to those. Daughter #2 went straight to disposables (even though the recycling service was no longer available). :-)

    A great intro, Dim. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

    Cheers, George

  7. Dimity Powell Says:

    Thanks to all who’ve read the revelations!
    Candice, I still have them all in a row, in numbered order!!
    Angela, sadly Ringo wasn’t anywhere around at the time.
    George, I havn’t made it past daughter # 1 yet so can’t comment what my laundry would look like next time round ;-)
    Cheers all Dim x