Friday, 6 September 2013
Cuppa and a Catch up with Guest Author - Nicola Connelly
When did you start writing?
I officially started writing a few years ago, however, only seriously starting putting my ideas on the page about a year ago.
What is your favourite place and time to write?
I write everywhere and anywhere. I write all my ideas in on my phone and later follow up these ideas on my computer.
What writing groups do you belong to?
I am currently a member of the Queensland Writing Centre and the Australian Society of Authors.
Why did you/do you want to become an author?
As a Primary School Teacher I’ve always loved reading stories especially rich children’s literature. After reading multiple children’s books I started to think of stories that I would like to read to my children and began writing.
What are you currently reading?
Lots!! I have been reading lots of children’s books at the moment in class with a focus on cultural significance.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have lots of . Let’s think: Jackie French, Fox, Pamela Allen, Michelle Worthington, Mo , Anthony Browne, J.K Rowling and the list goes on.
What is your current project?
I have just recently signed the contract to my first children’s book to be published, called ‘My Dad is a Bear’, which will be released next year August/September just in time for Father’s Day 2014.
Do you write with a visual image of the illustrations for your book?
I do write with images in mind. I believe that it is really the illustrations that tell the story and the words are guiding the story along. I am always thinking of the illustrations and writing to them.
If you could bring a fictional character to life, who would it be?
WILLY WONKA! I would do anything to go to his chocolate factory.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
As a primary school teacher I get lots of inspiration from the kids that I work with. I also find inspiration from my family, especially my two young and active nephews.
Do you/Would you do all the marketing of your books or do you/would you have someone supporting you in that role?
I haven’t quite come across that stage yet in the process, I’d imagine that I would like to do a lot of marketing myself.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want children to smile and laugh when they read my stories. I want to encourage children to enjoy reading and become lifelong readers. The value of reading to me is very important and I aim to instill this in children from a young age, through the experiences of reading them rich children’s literature.