Thirst has been shortlisted for the Arts South Australia Adelaide Festival Children’s Literature Prize. I am off to Adelaide in a couple of weeks to attend the festivities and the presentation dinner. Thirst is in fine company. Also shortlisted were: Hello From Nowhere by Raewyn Caisley, Crossing by Catherine Norton, Figgy in the World by Tamsin Janu, One Minute’s Silence by David Metzenthen and Michael Camilleri, and Paper Planes by Allayne L. Webster. Judging Criteria: Children’s Literature Award ($15,000) For a published book, fiction or non-fiction aimed at readers up to approximately 11 years. The book must have a substantial literary content.
If the holidays are dragging on a bit too long – you’ve played with all your Christmas presents, read all your Christmas books, been on your family holiday, had your cousins over to stay – and you feel like a bit of brain exercise, then come to my creative writing workshop.
I will be at Toronto Library (that’s the Toronto in Lake Macquarie NSW, not the Toronto in Canada, unfortunately) on Friday January 20th. I will be reading snippets of my novels, playing fun literature quizzes and games, and giving you writing activities like:
1. Write a catchy beginning to a story (I will give you the story elements here)
2. Create a unique, memorable character that readers will love
3. Map out the bones to a great plot
Lollies, bookmarks and posters will be given as rewards, plus there will be the opportunity to have your books signed, and buy any new ones of mine that you don’t already have.
The workshop begins at 10:00 am and finishes at 11:30 am. The cost to be paid to the library is $10.
Phone to make a booking. Places are filling up fast. Lake Macquarie City Library. PHONE: 4921 0047
I hope to see you there.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! 2012 holds many new challenges for me, and for you too, I hope. When I think back to the start of 2011, I had such a huge year ahead. I still had the final touches on Extinction 1 to do for Scholastic, and the rewrite of Extinction 2. And as always happened, just as I was finishing one deadline, my other publishers (Little Hare)would send me an edit or rewrite to do on Give Me Four Reasons. My mind was constantly switching from Annie and Mac and saving the world, to Paige and her personal dilemmas starting high school. I’m surprised that I never accidentally gave Paige powers over water so she could create a thunderstorm to drench her enemies at high school!
2012 brings new beginnings for me. I am returning to full time teaching, which I am absolutely excited about!! Yes, I really am! I love writing and I love teaching primary school, but after concentrating on my writing so much for the last five years (whilst teaching Art and Drama part time), I’m ready to get back into teaching a class. I am having Year 5 and they are a great bunch of kids. I know, because I had them every week last year for Art and Drama.
This doesn’t mean that my writing takes a back seat. I will continue writing and I hope to have a new novel out in 2014. That sounds like such a long time to wait, but it takes me about a year to write a book, and then a year of editing and proofreading and preparing for publication. So you can understand why last year was such a freakish year for me, having three books published! But that was the result of four years of hard work.
I will keep you updated on my progress. I will be doing some school and library visits to continue to promote the Extinction Series and Give Me Four Reasons. And I will also be appearing at a Science Fiction festival in Sydney. More details on that one later.
So keep rereading my books and writing to me. And keep clicking on the youtube book trailer for Extinction. Let’s make movie production companies sit up and take notice!
Here it is! Finally! My new book, The Day The World Ended– Part One in the two-book Extinction Series. Sorry for the long delay between books, but having a baby (and the sleepless nights that followed for the next three and a half years and are still occuring) has slowed me down. The ideas and the passion for writing are definitely alive, unfortunately when I get the time for writing, my body just wants to sleep.
Somehow I must have managed to do some writing because I have three novels coming out in 2011. This one, The Day The World Ended is different from my first two novels – Losing It and griEVE. It’s an adventure story with kicks and twists and travel to exotic places – in the present and in the past. The book is not due for release until March 2011. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book to whet your appetite.
‘The world is going to end of September 21st. We know this because we’ve seen it. We were there.’
Mac and Annie Sword are the only survivors when humanity is wiped out, or so they think. A mysterious website reveals they are not alone – and that they have the ability to undo the mass-extinction. But there is someone who will do anything to stop them . . .
A thrilling new series from acclaimed author Lizzie Wilcock.