Ella and Olivia, Great stuff, Uncategorized
Shooting goals for a good cause
May 30, 2016 at 11:17 am 0
I recently had the chance to fundraise for a cause extremely close to a lot of our hearts. I would love to thank the Northern Suburbs Netball Association and all the netballers and their families that supported our fundraising drive for breast cancer awareness. Thanks for the incredible Pink Netball Day...so many netballers and their siblings helped to colour in and bought copies of Netball Fever! Big thanks to my bestie who came along to support the fundraising efforts and to my brother for making big decisions regarding colouring in! Many thanks to my brilliant publishers Scholastic for supporting me with prizes for the day! It was a big win for netball AND breast cancer research. XX Yvette IMG_5160  
Ella and Olivia, Uncategorized
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: a Christmas reading (wish)list
December 15, 2015 at 11:59 am 0
There are just SO many books I need to read! Hopefully I'll be slothing it out on the beach, slumped on the lounge with the cricket (or sailing) on the box, with possibly someone on hand to keep me fed and watered in the holiday period ahead. Hot on the heels of the announcement of the winners of the PM's literary awards, I am reminded once again that I have fallen very short of what I meant to get through this year. Here's a shortlist of what I'm planning to read over Christmas.... 1. Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell withering-by-sea   2. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (have you read I'll Give You the Sun? YOU. MUST.) 220px-The_Sky_is_Everywhere 3. Empire of the Waves by Christopher Richardson (OK, Chris is a dear friend of mine and I went to his book launch way back in August and I haven't read it and the dog ate my homework....etc. It's got PIRATES, people. Enough said.) empire of So many wonderful writer friends have books out at the moment that I can't wait to plonk down with: authors including (but not limited to)... Ruthie Maye, Jen Storer, Ellie Marney, Belinda Murrell, Jacquie Harvey, Libby Hathorn, Susanne Gervay, Gabrielle Tozer and Geoffrey McSkimming to name a few... Now I'm name-dropping! And I clearly have a bit of reading to do. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the festive season and the festive food that goes along with it. Oh, and did I tell you that Ella and Olivia have some Christmas adventures out too? Make sure you grab ELLA AND OLIVIA: MERRY CHRISTMAS STORIES for you, yourself, your pets and the people who live upstairs. Much love and peace out, Yvette. merry-christmas-stories Did I tell you there are 6 GIFT TAGS INSIDE? I really should've. IMG_3974 Also, I just saw this on the internets. I want it for Christmas: book-rest-lamp
events, Festivals, Writing
A moveable feast…of readers
September 13, 2015 at 10:45 am 0
Since I landed back from San Francisco, I've hit the ground running. Work has been keeping me busy - my day job sees me in unis and schools talking to students about the teaching profession, all over the place. But the best part of being back has been meeting so many terrific readers at various events: the fabulous Lunch with the Stars - an annual event put on by wonderful comrades and writers Belinda Murrell and Kate Forsyth (who are also sisters!); returning to my old bookselling stomping ground at Dymocks Lane Cove - helping my old bosses celebrate 20 wonderful years in business; and the CBCA's wonderful Big Book Day Out at the NSW Writers' Centre. It has been fantastic meeting so many readers and fans; thank you for coming out to chat with and meet me - and a big, special thanks to the awesome crew at St Mary's school in Manly! Happy reading, everyone.My cool crew at Lunch with the Stars. Also joined by my great friend, author Susanne Gervay. A legend. My place at the table. Thanks Eva for creating this for me. With the little darlings Brooke and Ryan at Dymocks Lane Cove 20th birthday celebrations. Love your reading work, guys. With big Ella and Olivia reader Rebecca, and her big sis, Rachel - at the Big Book Day Out! Two lovely writer friends at the Big Book Day Out - Jess Black (who is launching her new series) and Nadia Polak - whose second book is out soon.
san francisco, Writing
On leaving your heart in San Francisco
August 26, 2015 at 10:07 am 0
10 days in San Francisco is good for the soul. I had forgotten how wonderful travel is; and travelling solo has its many virtues. A wonderful literary city, I experienced it all - from staying in a Victorian apartment in Nob Hill with cable cars rumbling up the hill outside my window; to waking to an earthquake; doing the touristy thing at Fisherman's Wharf; food trucks by the Marina at sunset; chowing down on dan-dan noodles in Chinatown; walking the Embarcadero; sampling gourmet delights at the Ferry Building; trampling down Haight St with flowers in my hair; journeying to Berkeley; gourmanding at Chez Panisse; swilling martinis at the Top of the Mark; crashing an Indian wedding at the Fairmont; walking the Castro and the Mission; scanning the shelves at City Lights; baseballing at AT&T Stadium; arty-fartying at the de Young in Golden Gate Park; inspecting ruins at Sutro Baths...and shopping. So...do you think I got any writing done?
Great stuff
Counter culture
August 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm 0
Guys, I had a great day on National Bookshop Day! Many thanks to the fabulous team at Better Read than Dead, especially Amelia, in Newtown for talking me through the till, to those customers who were so patient with me, and to my friends and family (and editors!) that came along to support a great cause. There's nothing like being behind the counter. I had forgotten the thrill of seeing what people are buying; what's hot and garnering many ideas for my own shelves. As Meg Ryan's character says so famously in You've Got Mail - 'Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies.'... National Bookshop Day in August does just that....'Don't you love bookshops in the winter? It makes me want to buy many, many, many books....' Happy reading, everyone! Nothing beats payment for a review like cupcakes. And everyone needs a support team as good as this! Hamming it up behind the counter. I left my Hogwarts uniform at home. Thanks, Miles!
Writing in the real world
July 18, 2015 at 1:20 am 0
Real life has a habit of getting in the way of a writer's path. Most writers I know have a day job - and given the recent stats that 'successful' Australian writers earn only around $11,000 a year, most of you will already know that writers need a day job to support them. Many of them are teachers. I am also a teacher, but I now work for the NSW Department of Education in a busy day job promoting the profession. I can be on the road, at events, and talking until I can't talk anymore...but somehow I have to wedge the writing in. Not because I have to, but because I want to. I'm lucky in that I have a writing residence that I can head to for complete solitude. But the struggle of any creative artist I know lies in striking that balance - working during the day and writing around the small hours of the evening, night and early morning. There is an inner thirst that drives us to write, or create, or just lose ourselves in something that feeds our soul. If bestseller lists are anything to go by at the moment, most people are getting their fix by colouring in. But I also know that I probably couldn't write full-time. I'm a social being. I'd go stir-crazy if I didn't have people to bounce off, or purpose in my day job. What I have to do is reign myself in, and get lost in the fantasy world. It's a nice counterbalance to the real one.
Frankie Fox, Writing
Writing comps, writers’ residencies and where to begin
June 12, 2015 at 9:21 am 0
Where to begin? How does writing happen? Sometimes all it takes is a nudge, a wink, or even the breath of an idea and you're away. For me, it was a seminal moment in childhood - I was highly commended in a young writers' prize (possibly the only one I ever entered, and mind you - I didn't even win) but it was enough of a spark to know that I could keep it going if I tried. It gave me great pleasure last week to judge a category at the Nan Manefield's Young Writer's Prize through the Stanton Library in North Sydney. After all, it was this very prize that I had been highly commended in, at the very same location! It was quite thrilling to be in a room with so many terrific young writers and poets; they will go far if they can hold on to the dream. Libraries are important communities; none more so than the Stanton Library in North Sydney and its dedicated team. If you find it tough to get writing, set yourself some goals such as entering a short story competition, or even a poetry competition. Commit yourself to getting something of this length down, and get the entry in. Writers agonise over their work and self-edit relentlessly, but there comes a time when you just have to get the thing in. It doesn't matter what stage of you're writing your at - deadlines CAN be your friend. I'm working on a few projects at the moment, including continuing with my series' Frankie Fox, Girl Spy and Ella and Olivia, but I have many other projects on hand at any given time. I also work full-time, so I know all about juggling priorities. Ideas run willy-nilly through my head - the hardest thing is shaping them and making them happen. I created a little video for my publisher Hachette Australia this week called #whereIwrite. While it was meant to only be a few minutes long, it ended up clocking in at 12 minutes! I'd love for you to check it out - you can also have a little peek into the world of my writing residence! Possibly also the madness in my own head. Enjoy. Pre-filming at my writer's residence
Festivals, Frankie Fox, Writing
The things we do for (book) love
May 24, 2015 at 11:33 am 0

This year is passing by in a blur of book events, book releases, library functions and writers' residency shindigs. Writing is such a solitary pursuit - and everyone who knows me knows I love a yarn face-to-face as well as on paper - that it's often hard to picture such things as book launches and reading actually happening and the light being there at the end of the tunnel. For three years I have juggled writing with full-time work, mostly as a busy high school teacher. The motivating factor for every writer is getting your story down, getting it told in the best way possible (great editors are crucial) and getting it out there. So the fruits of the labour in these last few months have really been the culmination of many nights at home, a super amount of focus, and time spent hunched over a desk.

Getting out and about, promoting Frankie Fox, has been brilliant. Meeting readers, and talking to young people about what they love to read is a great privilege - and is inspiring, heartbreaking and just plain hilarious. This week I had a lovely event (in my PJs!) at Crown St Public School for their Lights On, Torches Off Readathon campaign, and today I was down at the Wharf as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival. For many years I attended the SWF in many guises - through my work in book publishing, as a total fangirl, and also to support other friends in their writing endeavours. The thing that I am really coming to realise though is that it is such a lovely industry - full of terrific publishers such as Lothian Books at Hachette Australia (publishers of Frankie Fox), wonderful colleagues at other publishing houses, and fellow children's authors who continue to support each other in the nicest way possible. To my beautiful friends and fans: love you lots.To my fellow writers: see you in the green room! To the red-tshirt brigade of volunteers at the Sydney Writers' Fest: you are AMAZING!In the Enid Blyton Storytime Clubhouse at the Sydney Writers' Festival 

Next time I'm arriving by water taxi

With the gorgeous Cheryl Orsini (l) and lovely Ashleigh (m) - publicist extraordinaire!

Caught reading in my PJs at Crown St PS!

Kids reading by torchlight - much to the joy of optometrists everywhere

Frankie Fox, Writing
Writing routines and finished products
February 14, 2015 at 7:33 am 0
Mostly, the life of an author is this: drag yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour, hit the gym (if you want to hope to counteract all the time spent draped over a keyboard), go to work, see friends and do normal things in the evening - and somewhere - just somewhere - along the way - squeeze in time to write. Sometimes I write in the morning, sometimes in the evening into the wee hours. When a story takes hold, it can take over and then I just listen to the inner voice. Which is why seeing the finished fruit of your labours is so gosh-darn exciting. I've been popping into bookshops whenever I can - between seeing friends and family, work and other wonders - and it's been a delight to see Frankie Fox's first adventure READY, SET, SPY in-store everywhere I go, tended to lovingly by that amazing breed of people - booksellers. Do you have a writing routine? I'd love to hear! Have you seen Frankie Fox on bookshelves? Let me know!IMG_0868 IMG_0858 IMG_0857 IMG_0855