Ballina Young Writers Masterclass

Young Writers’ Ballina Masterclass Launch Books

[embed]https://youtu.be/-JJPjiFWM9A[/embed] For the last term, I've been lucky enough to work with ten talented young writers and illustrators from the Northern NSW community.  Kids aged 10-16 gathered fortnightly at Ballina Library, for free StoryBoard sessions, provided by Byron Writers Festival. The goal was for each person to...

podcasts for children's authors

6 Podcasts For Children’s Authors

I'm a runner. Not one of those hardcore type runners, who race and all that. I am someone who puddles along country lanes, oxygynating myself. And to be honest, one of the main reasons I run is so I have an excuse to listen to...

Great Girl Characters For International Women’s Day

I was reading Archie and the Bear to kids at the Byron Writers' Festival last year, when a mother asked: "Why have you chosen to write a male protagonist? You are a female. You should write from a girl's perspective.” Other than spluttering on about the...

What would you paint?

To celebrate the launch of TIGGY AND THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH, I'd like to ask you, 'What would you paint, if you found a magic paintbrush?' Send me pictures of your paintings and drawings on email hello[@]zannilouise.com or tag #whatwouldyoupaint? on social media. I'd love to see!...

tips for a happy author

The Happy Author

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself. I get to write for kids. I also spend a lot of work hours hanging out with kids, making stories. I have six books coming out this year, and more in production. It's a dream job, and a dream...

too busy sleeping

Too Busy Sleeping bound for China

One of the first bits of exciting news for the year is that my first book TOO BUSY SLEEPING will be published in China by Phoenix Juveniles and Children’s Publishing later this year! Can't wait to see our book in Chinese...

tiggy and the magic paintbrush

Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush arrives!

It was mid week, mid summer holidays, when I came home to find advance copies of the first two TIGGY books in my letterbox. Yay! My kids skipped around the front garden in excitement. I did too. We have gotten to know Tiggy and her antics...

ERROL is off to UK!

Was thrilled to wake up to news this morning that my little mate Errol will be heading to UK late 2018. ERROL, illustrated by Philip Bunting, will be released by Scholastic UK. ...

Different ways to write your first novel

I’ve started (several times now) a middle grade fiction, and am pretty much in the thick of trying to work out how to write longer fiction. I found my groove with picture books, and now early readers, but longer fiction of course is a totally...