10 Things you (wished you) didn’t know about Dimity Powell – Children’s author
by Dimity Powell - November 15th, 2012
Welcome to my first post at Boomerang Books.Â I would be lying if I didnâ€™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, Iâ€™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? Youâ€™re about to find outâ€¦
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â 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.Â Â Â Â Â Â 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.Â Â Â Â Â Â I used to play the flute â€“ well. Now I just polish it – a lot. Itâ€™s shinier than some of my manuscripts.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â My first epiphany was at six years of age. I was standing in the girlsâ€™ toilets of my new primary school when I realised all of my friends were books. But this didnâ€™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.Â Â Â Â Â Â 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 Iâ€™m not juggling at least 15 balls, with my left toes whilst in an inverted yoga position, itâ€™s just not a normal day.
6.Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Thatâ€™s ridiculously more fingers than I had to count with.
7.Â Â Â Â Â Â I got wrinkly in a spa of George Harrisonâ€™s one time, but have never met him face to face.
8.Â Â Â Â Â Â I read every Trixie Beldon mystery novel as a kid but have never ever felt the need to â€˜solveâ€™ anything; especially mathematical equations.
9.Â Â Â Â Â Â Iâ€™ve eaten sea cucumber and alligator. Neither tasted like chicken. Both are infinitely more palatable than black boned chicken.
10.Â Â I am a childrenâ€™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 Kidsâ€™ Lit with you in the weeks to come. Please excuse me though for a small while; my sleigh is about to depart and Iâ€™m due on board for the launch of my new Christmas kidsâ€™ novel, PS Who Stole Santaâ€™s Mail? Keep an eye out for me as I soar by.