Five Fantastic Facts with Author Pauline Hosking

Welcome Pauline and thanks for joining us on the blog today!

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What is the most recent book you’ve had published and can you please tell us a bit about it?

My most recent book is called Cinnamon Stevens – Crime Buster. It’s a fun, mystery story for readers 9-12. Cinnamon dreams of being a super sleuth. Her chance comes when a class-mate disappears.

What was the first story you remember writing when you were at school and can you tell us what happened in the story?

When I was about thirteen I wrote my first book The Spellbinder’s Secret. Cassandra and her cousin Alison have magical powers. They get entangled in a war between good and bad magicians. Unfortunately it’s still unpublished!

What got you interested in writing in the first place?

I was always interested in writing because I love reading. I think that being able to create characters and tell a story is an amazing gift. Every day I try to do it better.

What’s your favourite writing tip and how do you use it in your writing?

My writing tip is: don’t panic when the words aren’t flowing or you can’t think of an idea.  Go for a long walk or have a hot shower. Relax. Your imagination is amazing. Trust that it will, eventually, solve the problem.

What’s your favourite fun activity to do besides writing?

My favourite fun activity is playing table tennis. I also love going to the beach. Winter or summer doesn’t matter. I just love the sea.

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Thanks for joining us Pauline! For more about Pauline and her writing go to:

www.paulinehosking.net

 

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Five Fantastic Facts with author Michelle Wanasundera

Welcome Michelle and thanks for joining us on the blog today!

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What is the most recent book you’ve had published and can you please tell us a bit about it?

Bubbles and Puddles  – just published!
The stories were originally written for my daughter. They aim to celebrate the simple things in life, like getting lost in the wonder of nature, finding magic in the moment, with tips to help overcome challenges little ones face.

What was the first story you remember writing when you were at school and can you tell us what happened in the story?

I clearly remember very much enjoying writing a story at school and being excited as we were allowed to sit outside and write in the sun. However I can’t remember what the story was about!

What got you interested in writing in the first place?

I’ve always loved reading so it was a natural progression. But receiving a diary for my 10th birthday really encouraged my love of writing. I also enjoyed writing poems from a young age.

What’s your favourite writing tip and how do you use it in your writing?

For rhyming stories I’ve found it so helpful to count out the beats of each line. This helps so much with the scanning and having consistency throughout the poem, or find weak spots.

What’s your favourite fun activity to do besides writing?

I really love reading, and reading to my daughter, that is fun for us!

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Great chatting with you today Michelle For more about Michelle and her writing go to:

Facebook page to Bubbles and Puddles:

https://www.facebook.com/BookBubblesandPuddles/

Website:

http://bubblesandpuddlesbook.com/

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Five Fantastic Facts about Author Vacen Taylor

Hi, today we find out five fantastic facts about author Vacen Taylor.

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What is the most recent book you’ve had published and can you please tell us a bit about it?

My most recent book is Starchild: The Healing Stone.  This book is the third in a five book series. Essentially, it’s about four children and a small lizard who go on a journey linked to a prophecy to stop the King of Fire from taking over their world.

What was the first story you remember writing when you were at school and can you tell us what happened in the story?

I don’t remember the first story I wrote as a child at school. I was very much an outdoor type of girl. Instead, I pretended (used my imagination) a lot.  So lunchtime was when I really wrote stories but not on paper. In the playground, a few of my friends would go on fantastic pretend adventures.

What got you interested in writing in the first place?

To be truthful, my life feels settled when I’m writing. And now, I write in different forms. I like writing books, plays, screenplays and I’ve had my first poem published this year too. It’s exciting to experiment with stories in different expressive forms.

What’s your favourite writing tip and how do you use it in your writing?

Know the rules of writing but be open to breaking them occasionally. To create something different, something unique, we often have to think outside the box. Most recently my play broke many of the play writing rules because the theme was very much outside the box.

What’s your favourite fun activity to do besides writing?

Hiking is my favourite activity. Spending time in the bush with the birds and creatures is when I’m most happy away from writing.

Thanks for joining us Vacen, I’m a huge nature lover as well.

You can find out everything you need to know about Vacen and her books, here: About Vacen Taylor  Starchild series

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