In October 2015, I published my first book. Hence the spiffing author photo above. It's a story about an exuberant 12-year-old fashionista called Lily Max and her quest to be crowned Snow Queen.
*Lily Max* Satin, Scissors, Frock was a finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. It's just been reprinted for the 5th time (June 17). Click here to buy from Unity Books Online
*Lily Max* Slope, Style, Fashion was released October 2016 Click to buy from Unity Books Online
And was Woman's Day Magazine: Top Ten Reads 2016 (+++ Reviews below)
* Lily Max * Sun, Surf, Action is here!
And surfing into all great bookshops as we speak (3rd November 2017). Exciting promo book biz happening as follows:
28th October 2017, NZ Bookshop Day - Thanks to the Otago Branch of the NZSA and University Bookshop Dunedin, the third book in my Lily Max series had her first outing on this annual love-your-bookshop day. UBS's come dressed as a pirate-theme was just poi-feck. I mean look at the back cover of my book:
(?) November 2017, Bound Bookshop Queenstown. Book signing and bookish chat. Details to follow.
24th November 2017 - 5pm Super Summery Surf Party supported by Queenstown PaperPlus will take place in Dalefield. Details to follow. All beach bunnies welcome! Kids togs. Women a kaftan!
25th November 2017 10am-ish . Book signing and Lily Max Xmas Angel making (suitable for crafters 8+) at Wanaka PaperPlus's Santa parade.
29th August 2017;
Seems I've been pretty quiet on it since I interviewed UK CHILDREN'S LAUREATE, Lauren Child in May. (Sorry, I'm still utterly overjoyed about this career highlight of mine!)
This is because the third book in the Lily Max series has just gone to my incredibly talented book designer, Katrina Duncan, who has the very tricky job of arranging within the text all Guy Fisher's illustrations.
Guy after reading this book, immediately scheduled a summer surfing holiday to Morrocco and taught his daughters to surf. Sue Copsey, editor extraordinaire, when doing her final read-through shed a tear on the last page. You have been warned.
In more great news, Creative New Zealand is backing this project, by way of a 'Quick Response Publishing Grant'. I did have to crack out a cartwheel or two when I heard this news. I am truly grateful for their utterly generous support.
ps. This will be the last book in the Lily Max series, published by the wonderful Luncheon Sausage Books. Put it on your child's summer reading list already! Although I do have another story idea for Lily Max which involves Milan Fashion Week ... you never know with this kid quite where she'll end up!
BTW - Lily Max 1 & 2 are in the "Whitcoulls 'Junior Fiction' Recommended Reads 2017-18"
During Auckland Writers Festival, I was lucky enough to interview the UK Children's Laureate, Lauren Child for : The Sapling
(pinch me yes this did actually happen. I'm on the left)
16 May 2017
I had a fun and very productive writing-day with Year 5 & 6 students, exploring Plotting and Editing, at Remarkables Primary. With the help of Lily Max, a glue gun, a pair of Dr Martens, a dress-up box and storyboarding prompts.
+++For Reviews on Lily Max Slope, Style, Fashion see below:
13th December 2016 Podcast: Jesse Mulligan Afternoons on Radio NZ National with 'Book Critic' and children's author James Russell, rate * Lily Max * Slope, Style, Fashion. At least 10/10!!
December is the month of lists. Every author l o n g s to get on them. Or at least one. It helps book sales. (Sadly authors do not earn minimum wage). So I was pretty thrilled and humbled find myself hanging with the big girls and boys on this list:
Cheers and huge thanks, Sarah-Kate Lynch and Woman's Day ("NZ's No.1, top-selling, hottest weekly women's magazine")
Other stuff people have said:
REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW
1. * Lily Max * Slope, Style, Fashion (review by Maria Gill, famous NZ children's author)
2. * Lily Max * Slope, Style, Fashion (review by Sarah Forster, Booksellers NZ)
Previously in 2016:
Monday 12th December - Xmas Fun at with Lily Max at Dorothy Browns Bookshop & Cinema. 4 - 5pm. All welcome.
Friday 11th November - Join me for the official *Lily Max* Slope, Style Fashion book launch with Queenstown Airport PaperPlus, 5pm @ The Front Room, 10 Memorial Street, Queenstown. Bring your friends! Bring your kids! Bring your Mum! rsvp email@example.com
October 29th, 12 - 2pm #NZBookShopDay, Wanaka PaperPlus Join me to celebrate this fantastic bookish day. I'll be in store with my latest book *Lily Max* Slope, Style, Fashion I'm planning loads of Lily Max fun with - bookmarks, ski-themed cupcakes, Lily Max word games and more!
August: Kate de Goldi discusses *Lily Max* Satin, Scissors, Frock and other NZ CYA Book Award finalists, 'Saturday Morning with Kim Hill' on Radio NZ National
I'm running a Character Workshop at Arrowtown School, as part of the NZ Book Awards Finalist Tour.
Su Ikin from Dunedin Public Library interviews moi on 'The Library Mix', Access Radio at 1pm. Should be riveting. I think my recorded voice sounds like a boy?!
I will be running craft activities at the Storylines Family Day in Dunedin - making Lily Max chokers and Wristlets.
My daughter Lily turns 18. (I only partly borrowed her name for by book series!)
I'll be doing the same at Storylines Christchurch, as well as a "Character Workshop" with Leonie Agnew.
I've also written stuff about writing courses and writing my book on The Spinoff
If you want to contact me directly - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to buy international rights to my book. Or movie rights. Or soft toy rights, you better speak to my publisher at LuncheonSausageBooks.com He's cool!