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London and Singapore here we come!

London and Singapore here we come! | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
It's hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks I will officially be a full time author (no longer trying to juggle two full time jobs and spending every weekend and leave period on my writing).  To say that I'm excited would be an...
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Hello from Sandy

Hello from Sandy | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
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I'm proud of the work of Australian authors and illustrators (and thrilled to be one of them). OKYAI is where you can find out about all the wonderful things my colleagues and friends do. www.samuraikids.com.au www.sandyfussell.com 

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A True Marvel

A True Marvel | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
It took me far too long to read this book. I wanted to read it in one sitting. I wanted to devour it. In the nicest possible way.
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8 Ways to Support Your Favourite Authors

8 Ways to Support Your Favourite Authors | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Writing is a bizarre occupation.
It can involve spending a ridiculous number of hours wrestling words into submission, gently crafting the perfect turn of phrase or shaping whole new worlds from thin air.
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10 Ways to Inspire Kids to Read

10 Ways to Inspire Kids to Read | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Are you the parent or teacher of a kid or teen who is not yet a reader?
As a child I read books because I wanted to. I didn’t read because it was good for me. I didn’t read because adults wanted me to read.
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Interview with Kirsty Eagar, author of Raw Blue

Interview with Kirsty Eagar, author of Raw Blue | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Kirsty Eagar is the Sydney-based author of YA novels Raw Blue, Saltwater Vampires and Night Beach, plus Summer Skin, to be published early next year (!!! I am excited about this).
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I Wish I Knew Then by David Mortimer

I Wish I Knew Then by David Mortimer | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Where The Wild Things Are It’s not really that ‘I wish I knew then’. Maybe I did know. But some …Continue reading →
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Playful

Playful | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
You may have noticed that the aged care home scenes  in When I See Grandma, have the young boy playing with older residents (in this picture he's playing 'peek-a-boo').
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Are You a Morning or a Night Person?

Are You a Morning or a Night Person? | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I’m a night person. Unless 2am in the morning makes me a morning person.
I’ll choose the hoot of an owl and the howl of a wolf over morning birds twittering, any day.
I’m not a sleep-until-noon person either.
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REBLOG #7 (a blog from the backlog!) blog 16: In which I speak out of school

REBLOG #7 (a blog from the backlog!) blog 16: In which I speak out of school | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
A question from a teacher as we made our way through a school playground narrowly avoiding riots and food fights. Teacher: Michael, do you ever miss full-time teaching? Me: Would it be rude and insensitive if I just laughed hysterically about now?
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Stirring the crazy on InsideADog

Stirring the crazy on InsideADog | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
My very first blog post as writer in residence at InsideADog!  Hope you like it :)
YA Crime Writer stirs the crazy on InsideADog!! Run for your life!!
xx Ellie
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Books Writers Read with Trinity Doyle

Books Writers Read with Trinity Doyle | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Author Interview
Author: Trinity Doyle (Website, Blog, Twitter)
Credit: Farrah Allan
I am very pleased to welcome Trinity to Reading Upside Down. I met Trinity late last year at a local CBCA meeting.
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Creating Secondary Worlds

Creating Secondary Worlds | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
This week has been all about the World of Eileanan, as I celebrated my 18th year anniversary of the publication of my first book, re-launhced with bold new covers: One of the great pleasures of writing a fantasy novel is creating the secondary...
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Susanne Gervay - Writer and children's author - A Week in the Life of a Writer

Susanne Gervay - Writer and children's author - A Week in the Life of a Writer | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Susanne Gervay is an Australian author published in Australia and internationally. Her I Am Jack series of books focus on school bullying.
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Applying for A Grant

Applying for A Grant | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Rachel Bradbury has asked me to post about applying for a grant.
Being funded to write a project is every writer’s dream, but unfortunately, arts grants are few and far between so competition is fierce.
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Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Young Queensland writers are invited to enter the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, part of the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards, for a chance to win $10,000 plus career development support.
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Peas in A Pod – Picture Book Collaboration

Peas in A Pod – Picture Book Collaboration | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Peas in a Pod is the latest quirky offering from talented writer/illustrator team, Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling.
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The Rottnest Island Retreat, & other SCBWI news

The Rottnest Island Retreat, & other SCBWI news | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Every year since 2009, members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) have gathered on Rottnest Island in June for a winter retreat. We spend four days writing, drawing, working on stories and learning from guest speakers.
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Meanwhile in Germany

Meanwhile in Germany | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
... this will be published early next year by Random House.
I'm sure you can guess which novel it is, even without a skerrick of German.
If you have do happen to have a skerrick of German, however, the details are here.
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Keeping part of the 'finish' mantra

Keeping part of the 'finish' mantra | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I've had a few moments to unearth some early writing, to either recycle it physically or to recycle it into a new more vibrant poem, picking the best bits out for restoration.
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Remembering Dementia

Remembering Dementia | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
BMag magazine published a story titled Remembering Dementia to help raise awareness.
Journalist Emily Jade interviewed me on my children’s book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.
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Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone – And ‘On Track’ With Kathryn Apel

Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone  – And ‘On Track’ With Kathryn Apel | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
My dear writing friend, Kathryn Apel’s second verse novel for children, On Track has just been released by UQP.
On Track is the story of two brothers trying to find their place in the world and within their own family.
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Book Signing Phobia

Book Signing Phobia | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Here’s a lesser known part of the job of being a drawing machine. When we sign books for people, it  is a nice thing for them if the signature comes with a little doodle, drawn for them, right before their very own eyes.
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4th June 2015: Ett Folk Utan Land

4th June 2015: Ett Folk Utan Land | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Finnikin of the Rock has been released in Sweden.  The title translates roughly as a People without a land which is pretty spot on.  Below is as an interview I did with Kulturkollo.
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On Track and Celebrating

On Track and Celebrating | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
This week saw the publication of On Track – and it’s been such a wonderful celebration.
First stop: Sandy Strait State School for Wide Bay Readers Cup. I was invited as guest Quiz Master, because Bully on the Bus was one of the the Yr 5/6 set texts.
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