CKT's Featured Authors

Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Aaron Blabey.

My husband has always said that left handed people are geniuses. His proof...he is left handed. I, on the other hand, needed more convincing.

When our first born turned out to be a cacky-hander too, I started to come around. Then came my discovery while researching this month’s featured guest. He too is a Southpaw!

Adam Wallace

Adam Wallace

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Adam Wallace.

I recently had the opportunity to interview the awesomeness that is Adam Wallace. Here are my findings on this very funny guy.

Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison

Welcome Aleesah Darlison to Creative Kids Tales.

Aleesah Darlison seemed to appear on the children's book market overnight. With a quick succession of published books, it seemed this children's author was in the right place at the right time. Nothing could be further from the truth. She was in the right place as far as getting published was concerned but Aleesah had been working away behind the scenes for a long time to make her dreams a reality.

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Welcome Andy Griffiths to Creative Kids Tales.

Last month Andy’s 21st book, Just Doomed!  was released. Andy kindly took time out from his hectic book promoting schedule to answer some questions we would love to have answered.

Anna Branford

Anna Branford

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Anna Branford.

This month Creative Kids Tales welcomes a special interviewer, my daughter, Charlotte.

When I innocently mentioned who I was thinking of interviewing for CKT, my daughters radar ears went into overdrive. I immediately witnessed a level of excitement usually reserved for someone who had just received a pony or the latest whizz bang hand held electronic device. Needless to say I couldn’t resist.

Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Anna Fienberg.

One of the perks of having a website for children’s authors is being able to speak to those authors you and your children have grown to love over the years. This month I interviewed a family favourite, Anna Fienberg. My children have grown up with Tashi,  and the opportunity to chat with Anna was too irresistible.

Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Belinda Murrell.

With an astounding 5 books being released this year Belinda Murrell is certainly one busy author who is relishing in every rewarding moment.

Belinda was born from the literary elite with her sister Kate Forsyth, also a major influence in the Australian literary world and her brother, Nick Humphrey, an accomplished author in his own right.

Bill Condon

Bill Condon

Welcome Bill Condon to Creative Kids Tales.

Bill Condon’s intro on the Enterprising Words website starts with “Bill Condon was born, which is always a good start.”

When I think of my introduction to Bill, the phrase ‘looks can be deceiving’ comes to mind.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng

Christopher Cheng is Creative Kids Tales amazing featured author this month.

While researching Chris, I was overwhelmed by his accomplishments and accolades.

DC Green

DC Green

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales DC Green.

One thing I have found while researching DC Green. He is a bit of an enigma!

Where did he come from? Does he prefer chocolate or strawberry milk? What does DC stand for? Who is DC Green?

Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela

In 2011 when we launched Creative Kids Tales, Deborah Abela was right there beside us.

Three years later and Deborah is still a great supporter of Creative Kids Tales. That’s why we felt it only fitting to see what she has been up to since we last chatted and welcome her as the first featured author for our fresh new website.

Dee White

Dee White

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Dee White.

Dee White resides in a small country town with her husband and two sons. The Victorian rural community boasts more kangaroos than people.

With a background as an advertising copywriter and journalist, the natural progression to award winning author fit Dee like a comfy old slipper. Her first novel with Walker Books Australia was published to critical acclaim in 2009.

Dianne (Di) Bates

Dianne (Di) Bates

Dianne (Di) Bates is a much loved children’s author with over 100 books to her name.

With a background in teaching, Di made the transition to author extraordinaire with relative ease. She has been rewarded with State and National awards for some of her books and even cracked the international market.

Duncan Ball

Duncan Ball

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Duncan Ball.

Duncan Ball loves Mozart. He is a friend to Selby,  Australia’s only talking dog and he is the clever creator behind Emily Eyefinger,  the girl born with an eye on the end of her finger. Yes, you read correctly, Duncan loves Mozart.

Felice Arena

Felice Arena

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Felice Arena.

Felice Arena’s ability to entertain knows no bounds.  Born in Kyabram, Victoria in March 1968 Felice (pronounced feh-LEE-chay), Fleech to his friends, attended La Trobe University. He graduated as a primary school teacher but decided to pursue writing.

He was influenced by authors Colin Thiele, the creater of Storm Boy,  Jenny Wagner, author of Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek, J.D. Salinger of Catcher in the Rye fame, Stan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears and The World Book Encyclopedia.

George Ivanoff

George Ivanoff

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales George Ivanoff.

I feel like I have known George Ivanoff forever, but we didn’t actually meet face to face until last month.

George and I had chatted via email and I have even interviewed him on The Author’s Shelf. So when I heard George was planning a quick visit to Sydney to promote his recently released You Choose series, I had to get together with him. After loitering for a long time in the Sydney Dymocks store (George was stuck in traffic), I got to meet him. Let me just say, George is just as lovely in person as I have come to know him by email and phone.

Graeme Base

Graeme Base

For 2015, we wanted to kick off the year not just in a BIG way but a HUGE way and who better to help us do just that, Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Graeme Base.

You will probably recognise Graeme Base as an author/illustrator of many award winning titles including, Animalia  (1986) and The Eleventh Hour  (1989) picture books.

Born in 1958 in Amersham, England Graeme and his family moved to Melbourne, in 1966 at the age of eight. It was also at this age Graeme wrote and illustrated, in coloured pencils, his first book, Book of Monsters.  While his book about monsters didn’t make it into bookstores it helped fuel his creative desire.

Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Isobelle Carmody.

One of the benefits of being Editor of Creative Kids Tales is getting to choose which guests to chat with from this wonderful industry.

This month, our featured author is one who has worn many caps during her writing career. She is an Australian writer of fantasy, science fiction, children’s and YA literature.

Jack Heath

Jack Heath

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Jack Heath.

Born in 1985, Jack Heath is considered one of the writing industries youthful writers.

Jackie French

Jackie French

Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015

Welcome Jackie French to Creative Kids Tales.

Jackie French has a list of awards longer than your arm. She has long been cemented as one of this country’s must have authors on your bookshelf. If you haven't heard of Jackie French you must have been living under a rock, in a cave, in the middle of a desert!

Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Jacqueline Harvey.

Jacqueline’s Alice Miranda series decorate the children’s sections of bookstores all across the country. Her new series, Clementine Rose is destined to follow the same success.

Jacqueline’s love of writing was prominent at an early age; in fact, she knew she would be an author when she grew up…eventually.

Janeen Brian

Janeen Brian

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Janeen Brian.

Janeen grew up in a small, red-bricked house in the coastal suburb of Brighton in Adelaide, South Australia. The middle child, Janeen spent many hours playing in her backyard with her older brother and younger sister.

Jen Storer

Jen Storer

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Jen Storer.

What better way to start the year than with a bit of colour and a lot of sparkle. Not only is Jen Storer more than colourful, she is one of the sparkliest people we know and a perfect choice to be our first featured author for 2017.

Jill Carter-Hansen

Jill Carter-Hansen

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Jill Carter-Hansen.

Jill was born in New Zealand and moved to Australian in 1987. Based in Sydney, Jill is an author/illustrator and filmmaker.

Judith Rossell

Judith Rossell

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Judith Rossell.

Over the past 20+ years, Judith has created an array of beautiful books for children. She has written 10 and illustrated more than 80 titles, including picture books, junior fiction, puzzle and maze books. Her work has been published in Australia, the US and the UK and has been translated into more than ten languages.

Justin D'Ath

Justin D'Ath

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Justin D’Ath.

Justin D’Ath is an ingenious children and young adult’s author. He cleverly transports his readers on radical quests through his gripping stories. His ability to captivate his audiences through bursts of adrenaline is truly compelling.

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Kate Forsyth.

Kate Forsyth has been interviewed many times and this month we are lucky to have her chat with us.

Kate was born to be a writer. Once she was able to hold a pencil there was no stopping her and when she was seven Kate had written her first novel.

Leigh Hobbs

Leigh Hobbs

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Leigh Hobbs.

Many of this country’s talented authors and illustrators originate from Melbourne and Leigh Hobbs is one of them. Leigh was born in Williamstown, Melbourne in 1953 and grew up in Bairnsdale, a small country town of Victoria.

Mem Fox

Mem Fox

Wow! What can I say? How truly honoured I was when Mem Fox, the Queen of Australian children’s picture books, agreed to be interviewed for Creative Kids Tales.

I spent many sleepless nights asking myself what do I ask her? So many questions. Where do I start? Once my butterflies calmed down I began to think clearly. But the more I researched Mem, the more nervous I became again. Nonetheless I hope I did her justice.

Meredith Costain

Meredith Costain

Meredith Costain joins us this month on Creative Kids Tales.

I chatted with Meredith earlier in 2014 on The Author’s Shelf and discovered there is much to learn about this creative story teller.

Meredith grew up on a dairy farm in West Gippsland, Victoria. She spent her youth with her head buried in books and much preferred reading over dairy duties, although she did enjoy playing with the dogs.

Michael Gerard Bauer

Michael Gerard Bauer

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Michael Gerard Bauer.

It’s becoming clear that in order to be a successful author one must first be a teacher. Not always, but for many authors I have interviewed for both Creative Kids Tales and The Author’s Shelf this is true.

Michael was born in Brisbane in 1955. Although he is now a full time writer Michael began his career as a teacher.

Michael Salmon

Michael Salmon

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Michael Salmon.

Born: 04/04/1949 Wellington, New Zealand

Michael Salmon has been involved in graphics, Children’s literature, TV and Theatre since 1967.

Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Michael Wagner.

Michael Wagner has authored more than 70 books for children. His much-loved series, Maxx Rumble has kept children entertained with an amazing 20 titles in the series. The Undys is a heart-warming six-book series about Josh and his Dad, Phil Undy. The Undys love to play games; they love excitement and they love action. Their games never stop – no matter what!

Nick Bland

Nick Bland

Welcome Nick Bland to Creative Kids Tales.

It was kind of surreal meeting my daughter’s idol. I can call him that because at 18 months she doesn’t care about musicians, boys or things that I’m sure will cause me to tear my hair out in years to come. No, at 18 months my daughter affectionately known as Amy bear, is obsessed with all things furry. In this instance, The Very Cranky Bear, The Very Itchy Bear  and The Very Hungry Bear. Phew! That is a lot of bears. Not really - only one. But one who has had many adventures and my daughter hopes will have many more.

Nick Falk

Nick Falk

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Nick Falk.

In 2014, I chatted with Nick Falk and his illustrator in crime, Tony Flowers on The Author’s Shelf. It was a fun show, and I learned a lot about these two characters. Anyone who knows Nick and Tony will agree they are indeed characters. So it was only a matter of time before I had to have Nick join me for a chat here on Creative Kids Tales.

Nick compares his life to an epic adventure, not unlike Pirates of the Caribbean just with a little more aliens and a lot more space travel.

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh

Welcome Oliver Phommavanh to Creative Kids Tales.

I was recently introduced to Johnny Khamka, from the newly released 'Punchlines'. I accompanied Johnny on his wild ride. At times I felt as if I was being jolted from side to side on a roller coaster, but always with a smile on my face.

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Welcome Paul Collins to Creative Kids Tales.

Paul was born in England, raised in New Zealand and immigrated to Australia in 1972. He lives with his partner, fellow author, Meredith Costain and a menagerie of pets including a kelpie called Jack and Molly, a red heeler.

Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Paul Jennings.

This month’s featured author has sold a staggering 8.9 million copies and his books have been translated into 18 different languages. With over 100 titles to his name it is no wonder why Paul Jennings has long been a household name in Australian children’s literature. He has been voted ‘favourite author’ over forty times in Australia and has won every children’s choice award we have.

Richard Harland

Richard Harland

This month we welcome Richard Harland to Creative Kids Tales.

Richard Harland is the author of a variety of novels, Worldshaker, Liberator and the Ferren trilogy  just to name a few. He has also penned a number of award-winning short stories and has covered the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres.

Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Sally Murphy.

Sally has been on our wish list for some time. We love her work and were very happy when she accepted our invitation to chat.

Sally Murphy was born in Perth and from the age of three grew up in Collie with her five siblings. The youngest of four sisters and one brother, Sally’s earliest memories are filled with books and writing. One of the pluses being the youngest meant, there was always someone to play with, and when her siblings were in school, Sally spent her time creating her own fantasy worlds.

Sally Odgers

Sally Odgers

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Sally Odgers.

Sally was born in Tasmania in 1957 with a pen in one hand and notepad in the other. From an early age she was engaging her teachers with entertaining stories. Although coming from a musical background, Sally found story telling more rewarding and far easier than perfecting her maths, poor co-ordination or singing skills. Winning a state-wide writing competition in her junior years, Sally pursued her passion for writing and by the late sixties sold her first story.

Sally Rippin

Sally Rippin

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Sally Rippin.

Sally Rippin would be the first to admit she was born with a pencil in her hand.

Her list of books almost as long as the Northern Territory’s Stuart Highway comprises of chapter, YA, picture and board books.

Sandy Fussell

Sandy Fussell

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Sandy Fussell.

This month’s author, Sandy Fussell has a secret. She collects Yowies! In fact, she has hundreds of them. Not real ones, well not that she’s letting on. So far, she is only admitting to little plastic ones.

She loves Sudoko, sushi and chocolate, but most of all she loves writing.

Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Shaun Tan.

At the end of each year, I compile a list of authors I would love to feature the following year on Creative Kids Tales. Some on the list come under the category of wish list, because I know it doesn’t matter how much I beg, their schedule is just too crazy. Shaun Tan was on our wish list, but I still had to try. It only took one email, and Shaun graciously accepted the invitation. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be sitting here writing his intro, so I'd better make it a good one.

Sheryl Gwyther

Sheryl Gwyther

This month we welcome Sheryl Gwyther to Creative Kids Tales.

Sheryl Gwyther spent her adventurous childhood in far north Queensland, pulling teeth from old crocodile skulls (her uncle was a croc-shooter), investigating dead Taipan snake fangs in the local sawmill, swinging from vines while pretending to be Tarzan (never Jane) and eating unripened guava fruit. Thankfully, she survived all three.

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting

The ‘Shire Girl’ is back! Sue Whiting has kindly given us more of her valuable time, this time wearing her ‘Author’ hat.

My house is home to several Sue Whiting books. My three children aged 16, 8 and 3 all enjoy her books ranging from engaging picture books such as Elephant Dance, You Wish Jellyfish  to chapter books, Freaky, Uncle Alien  and her 2010 novel, Get a Grip, Cooper Jones.

Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay

This month we welcome Susanne Gervay to Creative Kids Tales.

Many of the wonderful authors I have interviewed for Creative Kids Tales wear different hats. Susanne would have to own a haberdashery!

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney

Welcome Tania McCartney to Creative Kids Tales.

The wonderfully talented Tania McCartney is our featured author this month. It wasn't until I visited her website and did my homework that I realised just how talented she is. I even suspect she may just be a little on the superhuman side.

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Tristan Bancks.

Tristan Bancks has always been a storyteller. As a young boy he aspired to be an actor, then it was an actor/film maker. By the time he hit 30, Tristan was pouring his storytelling energy into books for children and teens.

Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Ursula Dubosarsky.

Author Ursula Dubosarsky was born in Sydney in 1961 to parents, Verna and Peter Coleman. She adopted her recognised first name from the 1915 novel, The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence.

Wendy Blaxland

Wendy Blaxland

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Wendy Blaxland.

What better way to finish off the year than celebrate the life and achievements of one of this country’s best-loved children’s authors, poet and playwright, Wendy Blaxland. With over 100 books, both fiction and non-fiction to her credit the best way to describe Wendy is a word connoisseur.

Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr

Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Wendy Orr.

Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada and grew up in France, Colorado and USA. With a father in the Air Force travelling was a way of life for Wendy and her family.

From the age of six Wendy was consumed by the written word. She loved reading and writing and knew that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Wendy was always writing stories, reading, writing plays, reading and writing poetry, she couldn’t get enough.

  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' - www.duncanball.com.au

    Duncan Ball
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' - www.julesfaber.com

    Jules Faber
  • Writing can be a lonely profession. By necessity, you need to work alone much of the time. But it is wonderful to have a website which eases that by connecting creators with each other and with a wealth of information and resources.
    Bravo! - sallymurphy.com.au

    Sally Murphy
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. - www.patsimmonswriter.com.au

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' - www.chrischeng.com

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' - jacquelineharvey.com.au

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and www.creativekidstales.com.au is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' - www.adam-wallace-books.com

    Adam Wallace
  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'
    www.sgervay.com

    Susanne Gervay
  • 'A brilliant site jam-packed with info. Whether you’re an emerging or a submerging creator, CKT is a life raft!
    Thanks, Georgie!' - jenstorer.com

    Jen Storer
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'
    www.tristanbancks.com

    Tristan Bancks
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' - gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

    Kelly McDonald
  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" - www.wendyorr.com

    Wendy Orr
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! - www.leighhobbs.com.au

    Leigh Hobbs
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'
    www.meredithcostain.com

    Meredith Costain
  • 'I wish Creative Kids Tales had been around when I was first starting out! What a brilliant way to connect with other authors and find out about the lovely world of kids books.' 'Go Georgie! I think you're amazing.' - www.deborahabela.com

    Deborah Abela
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'
    georgeivanoff.com.au

    George Ivanoff
  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! - dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

    Dimity Powell
  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' - www.kateforsyth.com.au

    Kate Forsyth
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for aspiring writers that showcases emerging and published authors and illustrators and provides links to publishers' websites, helpful hints and competitions.'

    Rachel Keyes
  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' - www.emmaquay.com

    Emma Quay
  • 'Georgie Donaghey’s Creative Kids Tales is deservedly going gangbusters! What a wonderful forum and multi-storeyed resource for shiny new authors, legends of the industry and every writer in between!'
    dcgreenyarns.blogspot.com.au

    DC Green
  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.
    ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com

    Ursula Dubosarsky
  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' - wendyblaxland.com

    Wendy Blaxland
  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' - www.taniamccartney.com

    Tania McCartney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' - www.aaronblabeybooks.com

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'Thanks for having me on Creative Kids Tales. It's a great resource for emerging writers and illustrators and I hope it will have a long future.'
    www.sallyrippin.com

    Sally Rippin
  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015
    www.jackiefrench.com

    Jackie French
  • 'The long-distance marathon of writing, illustrating and publishing usually begins along a very foggy road, in the dark, shoeless. But wait! What's that light on the horizon? A glowing little cafe, full of a bunch other runners plotting out mud-maps on napkins and exchanging anecdotes, warning about ditches and praising short-cuts. Stop for a while, have a cup of tea, maybe even a shoe-fitting, then get yourself back on the road for the long slog to sunrise.' - www.shauntan.net

    Shaun Tan
  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! - www.sherylgwyther.net

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • "Whether just starting out or with many books under your belt, Creative Kids Tales is the perfect place to go for all things writerly. Sharing the inner world is a wonderful thing for solitary writers, and it's all there on Georgie's website.
    Happy reading!" - tashibooks.com

    Anna Fienberg
  • 'What a great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'
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    Paul Collins
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