Well 2017 is already well underway so I thought I should blog something before I missed it completely.
In terms of writing, it’s been about half a year since my last book The Pain My Mother Sir Tiffy Cyber Boy and Me was released and I’m really happy with the way it’s been received. You can see some great reviews HERE.
Of course these are just the really favourable reviews (or the best bits carefully edited from the luke-warm ones). The ones that accused me of committing crimes against literature, I shredded, raked together in an enormous pile and incinerated in what my neighbours described as “a very tasteful and moving ceremony”.
Currently I’m writing (in between watching tennis) a semi-serious YA novel. Haven’t decided yet what it will be called, but the working title is My Current Semi-Serious YA Novel. I like to think of it as a boy meets girl romantic comedy with a dark heart. I also like to think of it as a Nobel Prize winner, but that’s probably going too far.
Here’s a photo of where my Work in Progress is being progressively worked on.
One of the exciting things for me about 2017 is that my first PICTURE BOOK will be released!
I haven’t heard an actually released date yet. Can’t say too much about it except that it may or may not involve a furry animal and that I really like the illustrations that I’ve seen so far. (Not by Joe Bauer this time.) They’re even better than my alternative Eric Vale illustrations!
This year as always I’ll be visiting schools and attending a number of festivals and literary events. (Just in case you were wondering, yes, I’m always happy to get paid to travel to exotic locations. So don’t hold back on those invitations!)
You can check the current state of my bookings by going to this page of the blog: BOOKINGS 2017.
You can contact BOOKED OUT SPEAKERS AGENCY and inquire about booking me at any time of the year. But if you’re particularly interested in a booking in AUGUST, which is usually a busy and packed month for authors, I will be in:
MELBOURNE from AUGUST 14 -18
BRISBANE (Book Week) from AUGUST 21-25
ADELAIDE from AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 1
There are already a few dates taken so it’s best to get in early if you can. (Of course I could just be saying that to panic you into booking. But I’m not. Truly. Come on, is it really that hard for some of you believe that there are people out there who are keen to have me visit? Oh … I see … well that’s pretty depressing.)
Anyway, I’m also looking forward in May/June to visiting Femantle, Albany, Geraldton, Port Headland and Newman in Western Australia as one of the guest authors in the Talented and Young Writers’ Program which is run by The (fabulous) Literature Centre in Fremantle.
And just a reminder that in February BOOK LINKS will be running THREE of their very popular and fun ROMANCING THE STARS evenings. You can check out the details of all three HERE. (In case you wish to avoid it, I’ll be attending the one at Nudgee College on Feb 23 where I’ll also be launching Brian Falkner’s new book Shooting Stars.)
As far as my own reading goes I’ve started off the year with a series of autobiographies. I really enjoyed Jimmy Barnes’ and Bryan Cranston’s books and now I’m running with The Boss.
And finally to all those people who have repeatedly emailed me asking why I’ve never posted a photo of myself with a giant fruit ice block – here you go.
Now stop harassing me!
Love the ice-block – where do you find the giant fruit to make it?
I love them too Charmaine! (As for the fruit, we just use tiny fruit and hold them close to the camera. It’s an old fishing trick.)
Oh what a lovely blog post to come across! Thank you, this is really lovely! Hope your year goes really well 😀
Thanks so much Ev. Glad you enjoyed it. I hope you have a great year too.
Happy new year! As always, seeing a new blog post has significantly improved my day. Who knows, 2017 may even be the year of consistent blogs? Either way, I’m loving the working title of the new book!
Hi Gabriella. Always great to hear from you. And was that a subtle criticism of my slack blog posting I detected in your comment? If so, I admit that it was well deserved. I’ll try to do better this year! Cheers.