Archive for the ‘Author Interviews’ Category

Player Profile: Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky Tell us about your latest creation:  Unwrapped Sky sits somewhere between fantasy and science fiction, in a little subgenre sometimes called the New Weird. It’s set in the fantastic city of Caeli-Amur, which is something like an industrial version of Ancient Rome. Steam trams chug along the streets. A ruined […]

5Q Interview with Pip Harry, author of I’ll Tell You Mine

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Pip Harry is a freelance journalist who has worked on magazines for many years, including chasing celebrities as Entertainment Editor for NW and Deputy Editor for TV Week before turning herself into a yoga-loving frequent flyer as Health & Travel Editor for Woman’s Day. She’s the co-founder of relationships website, realitychick.com.au and has had short […]

5Q Interview with Tristan Bancks, author of Two Wolves

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Tristan Bancks is a writer and filmmaker. He has a background as an actor and television presenter in Australia and the UK. His short films have won a number of awards and have screened widely in festivals and on TV. Tristan has written a number of books for kids and teens, including the Mac Slater, […]

5Q Interview with Marion von Adlerstein

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Marion von Adlerstein worked as an advertising copywriter in Melbourne, London and New York in the fifties and sixties. Between 1976 and 1998 she held several posts with Vogue Australia publications, including Travel Director. During those years Marion wrote about many subjects, including fashion, beauty and interiors. She is the author of The Passionate Shopper, […]

Doodles and Drafts – Dreaming and scheming with Andrew King

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

A week or so ago I rubbed shoulders with some of Kids’ Lit most illuminating talents at the Book Links’ QLD (The Centre for Children’s Literature) third Romancing the Stars event. The objective of these evenings is to meet and listen to as many authors and illustrators wax lyrical about their latest publication as possible […]

Player Profile: Tony Cavanaugh, author of The Train Rider

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Tony Cavanaugh, author of The Train Rider Tell us about your latest creation: It’s called The Train Rider and is the third in the Darian Richards series of novels that I began a few years ago. The Train Rider is a serial killer in Melbourne – Darian was unable to catch him and that failure tore at him […]

Player Profile: P.M. Newton, author of Beams Falling

Monday, February 24th, 2014

P.M. Newton, author of Beams Falling Tell us about your latest creation: Beams Falling. The novel is set in the early 1990s when drugs and violence began to tear apart the fragile refugee community that had  put down roots in the outer south-western Sydney suburb of Cabramatta. The press reports of the day refer to the ‘wall of silence’ […]

5q Interview with Gerry Bobsien, author of Surf Ache

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Gerry Bobsien is a writer, surfer and reluctant ballet mother. She has worked as a blacksmith in an industrial forge in Melbourne making tools and large architectural works and as a curator and director of an arts centre. She grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and then via everywhere else now lives in […]

5Q Interview with Vanessa Stubbs, author of Star Attraction

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Vanessa Stubbs is an entertainment and fashion reporter for MX newspaper, and has interviewed many Hollywood actors, including Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington. She has also worked as a News Limited journalist as a general reporter and medical reporter for the Daily Telegraph. Star Attraction is her first novel. Can you remember the first story you ever […]

Player Profile: Boyd Anderson, author of The Heart Radical

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Boyd Anderson, author of The Heart Radical Tell us about your latest creation: ‘The Heart Radical’ is, at its heart (ahem), an exploration of the truth of the Jesuit saying about giving them a child for 7 years and they will deliver the man. (I wonder if they are still saying that!)  It takes place during the Malayan […]

Player Profile: Chris Muir, author of A Savage Garden

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Chris Muir, author of A Savage Garden Tell us about your latest creation: It’s a powerful, thought -provoking and action-packed thriller set in the lawless wilds of the Congo. A Savage Garden takes you inside the Congo’s secret wars and one man’s battle to save the child soldiers who fight them. I’m originally from Brisbane…about a bazillion years ago. […]

Doodles and Drafts – An interview with Em Horsfield – Santa’s Magic Beard

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Tis almost the season to be jolly and over-indulge a little. And because it takes more than just Santa and a bit of tinsel to make the season jingle and jive, I’ve invited author, Em Horsfield along to share more about the creation of newly released picture book, Santa’s Magic Beard. Time settle back with a […]

Doodles and Drafts – A visit from Santa and Glen Singleton

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Is there anybody else out there who, like me, thinks it can’t possibly be only 5 weeks until Christmas? Just 37 days left to sort the cards, deck the halls, knock back a cup or two of good cheer and squeeze in a few book signings, never mind about drafting a list for Santa. Thankfully […]

Doodles and Drafts – A not-so-BLAH Blog Tour with Karen Tyrrell

Monday, November 4th, 2013

In the time I spent crewing at sea, I endured several disabling bouts of seasickness. Once established, it’s a difficult malaise to throw off. The one thing that helped (besides boxes of seasick tablets) was knowing that others were suffering as well, often far worse than I. Have you ever encountered that? Symptoms (of nausea) […]

DC Green goes to Monster School

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

DC Green, author of the Erasmus James series, has a new book. Monster School hit the shelves on 1 October and DC is out and about doing a monstrous blog tour. Today, he’s visiting us here at Boomerang Books. Take it away, DC… Writing Monstrous Characters By DC Green Monsters rule! The hardest thing about […]

Doodles and Drafts – Searching for magic with Donna Smith and Jazmine Montgomery – The Magic Glasses Blog Tour

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

I’m not sure if it is the sleek, bug-eyed appearance of the title character, her sleuth-full occupation or just her name that appeals so forcibly to me, but there’s something about this new Literacy Ladder Reading Series title, Jazmine Montgomery Toy Detective, by Donna M Smith, that I just love. Aimed squarely at 6 – […]

The Girl in the Basement

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

The Girl in the Basement is the latest novel from award-winning author Dianne Bates. Dianne is visiting the Boomerang Books blog today to tell us a little about the writing process behind this new novel. Take it away Dianne… The Girl in the Basement, the Writer in the Garret By Dianne Bates No fiction is […]

Doodles and Drafts – A Very Jumpy Tour with Tania McCartney

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The most spectacular thing about a plain old butter cake is often its layers. Colour them, stack them and then you have a thing of unique beauty and depth. This is exactly what makes a stand out picture book for me: its multiple layers. And today I am honoured to share the latest delectable offering […]

Doodles and Drafts – A Blog Tour Adventure with The Littlest Bushranger

Friday, June 14th, 2013

I was one of those horsey girls as a kid. Loved them. Couldn’t accept parents’ refusal to keep one of them in our backyard. So I transformed my trusty bike – the one with the chopper-style handlebars – and the dog’s leather lead into the best little mare you could imagine. I actually steered the […]

Stephen Michael King’s Baker’s Dozen – Classics you’ve read to your kids

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Every now and then it’s nice to reflect and remember the golden moments of yesterday. And nothing conjures up warm, snugly memories better than a magic word or two, shared and cherished with those you love. When I asked children’s illustrator author, Stephen Michael King, what his reading list looked like, he trumped the idea […]

Carole Wilkinson writes past and present

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Carole Wilkinson’s latest book, Stargefright, is a bit of a departure for her. She’s known for her historical novels set in ancient china (Dragonkeeper series) and Egypt (Ramose series), but this book is set in a contemporary high school. How different was it to write? Well… Carole has written a guest blog post on just that […]

Doodles and Drafts – Charmed with Belinda Murrell

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

When bestselling, award-winning children’s author Belinda Murrell requested a chat, I was delighted to oblige. And with the dual release of The River Charm and the new Lulu Bell series this month, she has much to talk about. So froth up your cafĂŠ au lait, sit back and discover why squishy bananas, suits of chain-mail […]

A Stagefright interview with Carole Wilkinson

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Many years ago there was a book called Stagefright. It was about a group of high school kids putting on a musical version of Shakespear’s Richard the Third. It was the first novel from a then unknown author named Carole Wilkinson. Carole has since gone on to find success with her Dragonkeeper and Ramose novels, […]

On My Bedside Table

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Want to know who I like to curl up in bed with after a long day behind the flat screen? Curious to know how I spend the midnight hours? Well I can reveal that at least three of those listed below are amongst the many who keep me occupied into the wee hours of the […]

Doodles and Drafts – Shifting through the Haze with Paula Weston

Monday, May 13th, 2013

It’s not that I’m not fond of paranormal spec-fiction; it’s just a genre that happens to feature much further down on my reading list – picture books dance all over them in fact. But when Queensland author, Paul Weston announced the release of her first YA novel, I was simultaneously intrigued and fascinated and then, […]

Doodles and Drafts – An Interview with Lucia Masciullo

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

At a time of year when there are more new children’s book releases than autumn leaves drifting about, it’s nice to grab a cuppa, sit back and remember that what makes a book brilliant is the genius behind its creation. Today we meet one of those geniuses, the quietly charismatic illustrator, Lucia Masciullo. Her story […]

Janeen Brian – Part Two

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Do you have an all time favourite book character you secretly aspire to be more like? Discover Janeen Brian’s… Q Who or what was your favourite book character as a child? If you could incorporate that character into one of your own stories, which would it be and why? How would you adapt that character […]

Doodles and Drafts – An Interview with Janeen Brian Part One

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Today we delve deeper into the dynamic world of industrious children’s author, Janeen Brian. She’s releasing more books per month than I’ve had pie floaters  and I hear that one of her poems, “What did you learn at school today?” is being published in The School Magazine’s Blast Off this month. Does this lady never slow […]

A life in words: CAL Scribe Fiction Prize winner Lesley Jørgensen

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Lesley Jørgensen didn’t start writing with big ambitions, much less with the goal of picking up the CAL Scribe Fiction prize. Her entry, Cat & Fiddle, began life as the first piece that she had to write for her RMIT Novel 1 workshop. It grew into a humourous and touching multilayered portrayal of contemporary life, […]

Doodles and Drafts – Peter Allert Part Two

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Today we continue to follow exciting new Queensland talent, Peter Allert and have a sqizz at his first published children’s picture book, Long Live Us! Q Where has your work appeared? My first book was ‘Long Live Us’ written by Edel Wignell and published by IP Kidz in 2011. Since then I have been focussing […]

Doodles and Drafts – An interview with Peter Allert Part One

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I struggle to decipher my own handwriting. I can barely make a stencil look decent and my attempts at creating hangman stick figures always fills my opponents with pitiful glee. This is why I admire anyone who has even an infinitesimal amount of artistic flair. The process of anything emerging be it writer, illustrator, butterfly, […]

Doodles and Drafts – An interview with Michelle Worthington

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Welcome 2013! No bangs and whistles to launch the New Year this time. No arm-long lists of resolutions (fitted most of them on the back of my hand). Time to just buckle in, knuckle down and devote more hours to all those things we should actually be devoting more time to. One of them being more […]

The Next Big Thing — Michelle Heeter

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

“The Next Big Thing” — Have you all heard about it? It’s a chain blog post that’s doing the rounds at the moment. Actually, it’s been around quite a while and is still going strong. It’s ten questions that are an opportunity for writers to tell people about their next project — a completed book […]

The Christmas Post

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Ah, Christmas! I love this time of year — presents, tree decorating, food (especially Christmas Pudding), parties, family, friends and BOOKS! One of my favourite things about Christmas is getting to just lie around and catch up on some reading. I thought that Christmas reading plans would make an interesting topic for a blog post. […]

Favourite SF books — Paul Collins

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Yesterday I wrote about favourite science fiction books. Authors Michael Pryor and Simon Haynes got to put their two cents worth in. (see “Favourite SF books – Pryor & Haynes“) Today I am joined by author Paul Collins, who will be telling us about his favourite science fiction book. Paul is no stranger to science […]

Favourite SF books – Pryor & Haynes

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I’m a science fiction fan. I have been since primary school. As a kid I used to almost exclusively read science fiction. These days I read of mix of things — but, no matter how far my literary interests may wander, I still find myself being drawn back to science fiction. The book that started […]

Five Very Bookish Questions with author Sheryl Gwyther

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Today is my second-last day at Boomerang Books – tomorrow I shall introduce my sensational new replacement! – but until then, it feels very fitting to feature Sheryl Gwyther in my last Very Bookish Questions. Sheryl is a talented, beautiful writer with a deep passion for children’s literature and literacy. She is also a dear […]

Five Very Bookish Questions with author Peter Taylor

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Which genre of childrens books do you like most and why? Picture books – because those for young children are written to be a true delight for an adult to read out loud as a performance. I miss sharing them with my son and daughter, now in their 20s, but I do love reading picture books to other […]

Five Very Bookish Questions with author/illustrator Katherine Battersby

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

1.      Which genre of children’s books do you like most and why?  Trying to choose a favourite genre would be like asking me to choose a favourite dessert (I have a sweet tooth). When it comes to books I have a restless mind, so I read widely. I love so many different genres for different reasons. […]

Five Very Bookish Questions with author Oliver Phommavanh

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Which genre of children’s books do you like most and why?  I love humour because they’re wacky, weird and make kids laugh (which is very hard to do in books, hehe). Anything by Andy Griffiths is the perfect example, particularly the Just books. I based my first book Thai-riffic! on Andy’s formula of short stories […]