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 scheduled November 2017
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 that 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.
To whet your summer surfing holiday appetites here is a sneak peek of the, unfinished, front cover by the fabulous artiste, Guy Fisher of Barcelona:
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 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!
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:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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!