Let me count the ways, and get me a silver hairband.
Monthly Archives: October 2010
The shortlists for the Inkys have been announced and Raw Blue made the list. Big congrats to the other authors. If you”re under 20, you can vote for any of these books here …
THE GOLD INKY (for an Australian YA book)
The SILVER INKY (for an international YA book)
Mike Shuttleworth has re-posted an interview I did with him about Raw Blue not long after it was first published – it’s over at Read Alert, the Centre for Youth Literature‘s blog, and you can read it by clicking here … It’s a fairly in-depth interview, covering writing, surfing, the reasons for writing Raw Blue, and what working in a kitchen is really like, amongst other things.
Well, not news about October the month, but actually a couple of reviews and an interview.
Reviews just in for Saltwater Vampires (click on the link to read each in its entirety):
This is the best book ever: “But as well as all the bloodlust and the biting, there is also a genuinely well written narrative. It is taut and tense … It is also very Australian. The protagonist, Jamie is a 15 yr old surfer, encapsulating all the traits: he’s laid back, he’s scruffy, wild and lean …“
Literary Life: “Who can resist a main character whose philosophy is ‘don’t die wondering’?“
And I recently did an interview with the new web mag Flutterzine.
Okay, so everybody is raving about how good Casey Bennetto was as MC of the VPLA night. But I bring you proof: the power ballad that opened proceedings – courtesy of The Wheeler Centre. (I get my moment of glory 52 seconds in).
Raw Blue won the VPLA for Young Adult fiction. I got to share a table with some top folks including Gabrielle Williams (Beatle Meets Destiny), my editor Amy Thomas, and Lisa Adderly and Kristin Gill from Penguin. Best of all, Casey Bennetto was MC for the evening. He conducted proceedings in the style of musical theatre and took the piss out of EVERYTHING. It’s fair to say that I love Melbourne.
If you’d like to read more on the awards, take a trip over to The Wheeler Centre …