Allison Marlow Paterson - Interview (March 2018)
Why do you want to be a published author?
Writing has been part of my world since childhood. I grew up to become a teacher and eventually a teacher librarian. Being immersed in the world of children’s literature for twenty years was inspiring. Today, as a published author, I am counting lots of lucky stars … the opportunity to share my own stories and forge a literary career is awesome. I am so grateful to be ticking the boxes on my lifetime wish list.
How long have you been writing?
A notebook and pen were the best of presents when I was a kid (my own cassette player was pretty good too!). Writing allowed me to construct worlds of my own. I wrote stories, illustrated them, stapled the pages together, created a cover and presented them to my teachers. So, the writing bug has always followed me about. Granny’s Place, a children’s picture book which was released last year, was written over twenty years ago and literally sat in a bottom drawer. How wonderful it is to say that 2017 was my first year of writing full time.
How will/did you celebrate your first publication?
It was January, 2014 when I received my first contract and I was so very excited that I cried. Then the obligatory bubbly was poured! I had worked on the research and manuscript of the adult version of Anzac Sons for thirteen years. It is based on a collection of 500 letters that my grandfather and his four brothers sent from the battlefields of the Western Front. The desire to tell their story was sparked thirty years before when the collection was rescued from the crumbling old farmhouse on our property. I needed to transcribe the letters, research battalion diaries, sift through online archives, walk the battlefields and have many conversations as part of the creative process. My goal was to be able to share the story of my ancestors with others. A lifetime dream came true!
How would you describe your writing style?
I write historical non-fiction and fiction in an emotive and evocative voice. I love finding out about the past; it helps us discover who we are and provides the rudder for the directions we take in life, the who we want to be! Family and the Australian landscape are always featured. My next book, to be released in 2019 titled Follow After Me, is a YA novel that allowed me to explore my author’s voice in both historical and contemporary times, it was a challenge from which I learnt many new skills.
How has Creative Kids Tales assisted you on your journey to publication?
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