I love to hear from Doofuzz Dudes fans and I was very excited to read a review in the Penrith Star from a young fan at Werrington Primary School. You can see it at http://www.penrithstar.com.au/news/local/news/general/star-readers-werrington-public-school/1673214.aspx
If you are a Doofuzz Dudes reader and would like to tell me what you think of the books, please send me a message.
I have lots of fans at Telopea Primary School and they all proudly told me that they’d voted for me in the Koala Awards. I was so touched that I decided to have a party for them in their morning tea break. We had jam and cream sponges, muffins, chips, Freddo frogs etc. It was super and one little girl told me that it was the best day of her whole life!
Now back to the drudge of writing the dictionary for The Planet Zok. Pity I can’t have a party every day!
Well every day is different and also extremely busy.
Since I am also an acupuncturist, I often have to do an acupuncture treatment for an hour and then go back to the computer to read and answer emails from schools, bookshops and Doofuzz Dudes fans. I pack up sets of books to send to schools and bookshops and then run them up to the post office.
Today I spent the morning proof reading the manuscript of the eighth book in the Doofuzz Dudes series – The Planet Zok.
Often I visit schools and talk to students. I also drive interstate to visit schools. I’ve just come back from a week in Victoria and a week in Queensland.
While I was in Victoria I attended the Yabba Awards presentation and visited five schools – Sunbury Heights, Ardmona, Axedale, Moama and Echuca East Primary Schools. In Queensland I visited Our Lady of the Angels Primary and Mary Immaculate Primary and spoke at Clarindale Library.
I also do book signings at bookshops. Two weeks ago I did a booksigning at the new Angus and Robertson store at Top Ryde. I love talking to parents, children and librarians who pass through the stores. Christmas is always a busy time for me as I often go to a different bookshop each day.
In fact it’s very hard for me to find time to relax because if I’m not visiting schools, I’m most likely getting my next book ready – and that’s a lot of hard work! I have to proof read the book; organise the artwork; think about all the little extras I’m going to add to the back of the book (like the dictionary, glossary, extra bits of environmental information and the photos); get the ISBN and barcode ordered; get printing quotes and get the cover designed. Printing is a very exhausting and exacting business.
As you can see my days are very full!!
I like to write in the morning after 8.30am when there are no disturbances in the house. I just type and type until I run out of ideas. If I am stumped I like to go for a bush walk with Indy, my dog, and it’s quite amazing but by the time I’ve finished the walk I always have the solution to my problem. Maybe the trees tell me!
Mostly I can write a DD story in a month but once I wrote four in one month! I felt quite ill at by end of the month!
Welcome to my new blog. As author of the popular Doofuzz Dudes series of children’s books I have started this blog so you can talk to me and let me know what you like about the books and ask me any questions you may have.
I’m really excited to be able to tell you what I’m up to. Which book is going to be coming out when and more. I’ll be blogging about my school visits and my creative writing classes and much more. So stay tuned.