Five Minutes with Anna Featherstone #LoveAusAuthors

Anna Featherstone writes about things that make her ‘happy, curious, furious and tingly’. She says she likes to dive in and research information, because it helps her clarify things in her own mind and make sense of the world. She also says that it’s a challenge and it’s fun and it’s more comfortable than running…

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Five Minutes with Rod Taylor #LoveAusAuthors

Rod Taylor says the world is a fascinating, complicated, sometimes bright, sometimes frightening place. It’s all of these things that lead him to write; the stories and the ideas. ‘When someone reads your words, you are for a moment, connected. Your thoughts enter their world for a time and, if they resonate, they stay with…

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Diversity in Children’s Books

When I was 5 years old, I developed asthma that would regularly land me in bed, very sick. At 12, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which was devastating. I remember having anxiety as far back as my memories travel. I suffered undiagnosed depression as a teenager. In adulthood I lived through post-natal depression…

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Five Minutes with Sue Saliba #LoveAusAuthors

Author Sue Saliba lives on Phillip Island, on a winding dirt road called Teddy Bear Lane. She has spent many summers protecting endangered birds and often often rescues strays in the neighbourhood. Sue’s young adult novel, Something in the World Called Love, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and her young adult novel, Alaska, was…

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Five Minutes with BG Hilton #LoveAusAuthors

Author Ben Hilton (BG Hilton) has written both Science Fiction and Fantasy works, but says he uses the term, Speculative Fiction, because he ‘got bored a long time ago’ with argumentsabout what the difference is between them! He has a collection of images on his laptop of behind-the-scenes photos from horror movies, where you can…

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Five Minutes with HM Waugh #LoveAusAuthors

HM (Heather) Waugh is an author, educator and environmental scientist. Her debut book for middle readers, The Lost Stone of SkyCity, was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, and her YA novel, Evacuation Road is a CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2022 Notable. She has signed a two-book deal with Allen & Unwin for a…

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