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!
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.
Web: www.melissagijsbers.com (coming soon)
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