Archive for the ‘Author Interviews’ Category

Awesome Author Interview: Adam Wallace

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of meeting funny man and children’s book author, Adam Wallace, creator of titles including Mac O’Beasty, The Negatees, The Pete McGee series, Jamie Brown is Not Rich, and Better Out Than In. I am even more fortunate that he has agreed to answer some of my questions! Firstly, congratulations on being […]

Player Profile: K.T. Medina, author of White Crocodile

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Katie Medina, author of White Crocodile Tell us about your latest creation: The name of this novel, my debut, is White Crocodile.White Crocodile is a thriller set in the land mine fields of northern Cambodia.  Teenaged mothers are disappearing from villages around the minefields, while others are being found mutilated and murdered, their babies abandoned.  And there are whispers about […]

A writer’s journey

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Writers have a tendency to gather in groups, large and small (I wonder what the collective noun would be? A scribble?). They conglomerate at festivals, frequent bookstores and go to each other’s book launches. So, as an author, I know lots of other established authors. I also know lots of aspiring and emerging authors. People […]

Author Interview with Wanda Wiltshire and giveaway of Betrothed and Allegiance

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Please welcome Australian author Wanda Wiltshire to Boomerang Books. Thanks so much for joining us Wanda. Congratulations on the launch of your YA novel Allegiance, the second in the Betrothed series. For those who haven’t read Betrothed, can you tell us a little bit about this fantasy series? Thanks Tracey, it’s a pretty exciting time! […]

Meet Suzy Zail, author of Alexander Altmann A10567

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Thanks for speaking to Boomerang Books, Suzy. Your second novel for young adults, Alexander Altmann A10567 Black Dog Books (Walker Books)  is a candid account of a Hungarian boy’s experience in the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In spite of the horrific events, you have crafted a story of human indomitability and hope. Was this a […]

Historical Fiction with Goldie Alexander

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Writing historical fiction requires more than just authorly talent and an interest in the past. It requires a love of research and, even more importantly, the ability to turn that research into a story that will be relevant to current readers. It’s not an easy task, but there are writers out there who do it […]

Player Profile: Stav Sherez, author of Eleven Days

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Stav Sherez, author of Eleven Days Tell us about your latest creation: Eleven Days - 11 Days before Christmas and a small convent in West London is burning. When the detectives get there they find ten dead nuns and one unexplained body. The case stretches back to South American and the upsurge of Liberation Theology in the 1970s. I always wanted to […]

Doodles and Drafts – On a Quest with Rosanne Hawke

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Tales of aid working in disaster-ravaged lands may not be the first thing young readers reach for. However, Rosanne Hawke’s junior novel, Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll is a captivating mixture of enchantment and adventure with the added bonus of being rich in cultural awareness and humanity, attributes Hawke is well known […]

“My Writing Process” blog hop

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Every now and then, chain post interviews (sometimes called blog hops) seem to circulate around the blogging community of writers. They’re a bit like chain letters, in that you do your bit and then pass it on in an ever expanding ripple, until people lose interest — you do your blog post (in which you […]

Doodles and Drafts – How to Get to Rio with Julie Fison

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The choices kids are offered in life are often not worth writing about, at least not in their books. ‘Eat your brussel sprouts or go to bed hungry.’ Hardly welcome decision making. Yet understanding action and consequence is vital for building character, strengthening confidence and learning that ‘choice, not chance, determines ones future. Opportunities might […]

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, 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 café 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 […]