Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Glenda Millard.
Glenda Millard is a gifted writer who is adept at writing across age groups and genres. Despite her raw talent, Glenda accidently became a writer at age 45 when her four children became teenagers and she found herself writing in her spare time. From the moment she began writing, Glenda not only picked up a strong following but many awards along the way.
She has written picture books, short stories and novels for both children and young adults and has been recognised for all her efforts. She has seamlessly been able to enthral a wide range of audiences through her heart-warming storylines and considered characters. Glenda is able to delve into issues that matter and bring comfort to her readers through her tender writing style.
Glenda grew-up reading a tremendous amount of books, with no television in her house, books entertained Glenda and fed her curiosity. Her admiration for storytelling was born out of reading so many books. She learned how to skilfully write through reading what others wrote.
Glenda was born in the historical and picturesque Castlemaine, a town in the goldfields region of Victoria. She still resides in this area and is writing full-time. Developing her stories is an organic process for Glenda. She doesn’t plot or plan her stories opting to rather carefully create believable characters. She puts a lot of thought into her characters, unearthing their essence and understanding what makes them the way they are. Through this process she is able to determine how the characters would react to the situations they may encounter in her narrative, giving her stories a refreshing depth. Her love of surprises tends to dictate the manner in which she writes, with her stories always evolving and the twists and turns even surprising her.
There are many things that please Glenda and make her a relatable and much liked author, including her fondness for Jack Russell Terriers, autumn, aprons (especially the ones her daughter sews for her), newspaper quizzes she completes with her family and clinker lollies.
Glenda has written several books that have been awarded for their meticulous and stirring storylines. Isabella’s Garden, was an Honour Book in the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards and was awarded a Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award, Best Book for Language Development, Lower Primary Category (5-8 years). Her novel A Small Free Kiss in the Dark was the Winner of the 2009 Queensland Premier's Award for young adults and an Honour Book in the 2010 CBCA awards for older readers. It was also shortlisted for the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and included on the Honour List for the 2012 International Board of Books for Young People. Her Kingdom of Silk series has also received recognition, with each book acknowledged individually. Glenda’s picture book, The Duck and the Darklings, illustrated by Stephen Michael King, was the Winner of the 2016 WA Premier's Literary Awards for children's books and shortlisted in the 2015 CBCA awards. Her recent young adult novel, The Stars at Oktober Bend, has also been shortlisted for the 2016 Premier's Literary Awards, Young Adult Books.
Glenda Millard is an exquisite writer. Her books are ones you can’t put down. She nurtures her readers through her remarkable stories. Through her gentleness, she is able to uplift the soul. She is truly special.
To find out more about Glenda visit: glendamillard.com
Introduction by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern
Some of Glenda Millard's books