A Bookish Adventure

I started this blog to document an extended trip to the US and UK in 2012, introducing children to my Alice-Miranda series. It's hard to believe that it's just on four years since we launched the first Alice-Miranda title - and now there are nine books out in Australia with another five still to come. When I first came up with the idea of this precocious seven and a quarter year old, I had no clue that she would take me on such an amazing journey, not only in Australia but also across the world. I visited 37 schools while we were away in 2012 and gave over 80 talks - it was fantastic. In 2013 I've been on lots of new adventures in the UK - visiting schools from London to Southampton, Lancashire, Scotland, Newcastle and back to London again. After that I headed off to meet readers in Singapore. In Australia I've been to Melbourne, Perth, Albany, Alice Springs and Brisbane. There's a new series too - about a gorgeous little girl called Clementine Rose. She and Alice-Miranda don't know each other yet, but they will soon.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

From Australia with Love - Introducing Melissa Gijsbers

Australian writers rock. We know it, and we love them. But it’s not always easy to discover the Australian talent that is right under our noses.

From Australia With Love Blog Hop introduces you to 18 Aussie authors across a variety of categories and genres. Each author is hosting three of their fellow blog hop participants between now and Valentine’s Day to let you find out more about them. So follow them on twitter, like their Facebook page and visit their blogs during the blog hop period to discover more great Australian writers.

Today I'd like to welcome Australian author Melissa Gijsbers to my blog.  Apologies that we missed the Feb 14 cut off, but things have been hectic for Melissa and me of late!

What do you write and why?
I write a number of different things, from flash fiction to picture books and chapter books. I’ve found that I enjoy the shorter stories than writing novels for adults, partly because I get bored part way through!
In 5 words describe your writing style
This is a hard one; I ended up consulting my kids to help me!
Real, descriptive, exciting, fun, and awesome!
Who were your favourite authors growing up?
The books that stand out to me from my childhood include Grug by Ted Prior, Storm Boy, the Little Golden Books, Enid Blyton and Dr Seuss. I was given Storm Boy to read because it was an Australian book and I was an Australian kid in a missionary school in Pokhara, Nepal. I also read The Hobbit when I was in Grade Five, but never got in to The Lord of the Rings!
Who is your favourite children’s book character and why?
This one was hard as there are so many. One of my favourite kids books was “Mr Bear, Babyminder”. I can’t remember who it was by, but I remember laughing at Mr Bear trying to look after all those rabbit babies. But the character that has really stuck with me would have to be Grug – probably because I memorised the text of the first book and have recited it to my kids.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep writing and don’t give up.

Blog: www.melissawrites.com.au
www.melissagijsbers.com (coming soon)

The competition has now closed.

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