Welcome to the April 2017 edition of CKT
Easter already! How did that happen?
It’s an exciting month for us this month as we welcome our newest member of the Creative Kids Tales team, Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern.
In a few short months our dedicated CKT Assistant, Eileen will celebrate her 2nd Anniversary. As we continue to grow and expand our services including our first publication due out at the end of the year, we needed to enlist the services of another volunteer.
Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Having family sprinkled around the world; she has lived, worked and been on many adventures overseas.
Her infatuation with the vibrancy found in each culture led her to complete a degree in the social sciences, undertake a Masters in International Development and work in international affairs.
She developed the Charlie’s Adventures series of Children’s books to encourage children to learn more about the world and journey far and wide discovering, appreciating and understanding the joys of travel.
She hopes her books become tools to nurture tolerance, respect and empathy, supporting an inclusive community.
Jacqueline is delighted to be part of the Creative Kids Tales (CKT) team. She has utilised the CKT platform to assist her on her own writing journey and is honored to now be part of further building this resource to inspire and support others. She has admired the exceptional CKT community and cannot wait to learn and grow through this opportunity.
Jacqueline will be taking over the monthly Featured Author intros from me. She begins this month with her introduction to our featured author, Justin D’ Ath. Welcome, Jacqueline!
We still have lots more people to chat with this year including Libby Hathorn, Garth Nix, R.A. Spratt, Glenda Millard and a few more surprise visitors.
If you miss an interview, don’t worry you can view our full list of Featured/Emerging Authors/Illustrators here: www.creativekidstales.com.au/authors-illustrators/featured-and-emerging-authors
Then simply pop over to our detailed list and click on the one you missed or re-read an old interview. www.creativekidstales.com.au/authors-illustrators/ckts-interviews
Have you subscribed to the Creative Kids Tales blog yet? Our CKT Blog is now our most visited page! We covered a variety of subjects on our blog including Author Etiquette, Independent Publishing, Writing with Abandonment, Writing – work life balance, Building your Author Platform and we also chatted with a few International Authors – Jeff Kinney, Lucy Cousins and Stephan Pastis. Coming soon, I’ll be chatting with New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo. Kate has sold over 22 million books. Her work has been beautifully adapted for the big screen. I can’t wait to bring you this special interview via our International Author series.
Also closing this month is the opportunity to be a part of our first publication – the CKT Story Collection.
Expressions of interest close this month. The CKT Story Collection will be an assortment of stories and eye-catching black and white illustrations from some of our wonderfully talented emerging authors and illustrators. If you are a CKT member and would like to participate in this project, you will need to contact Georgie ASAP. We are looking for more illustrators to join our project.
We are packing our bags and heading off to Melbourne next month for the KidLit Festival.
Other conferences just announced – the CYA Conference Program is made up of who’s who of Australian literary royalty just waiting to share their secrets; Jackie French, Shaun Tan, Jacqueline Harvey and Phil Kettle.
Greenleaf Press has also announced their Sunshine Writers Retreat in November. For more information visit their website www.greenleafpress.net/sunshine-writers-retreat
That’s all from me this month. See you in May.