Frankie Fox

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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!
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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

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On the road for the national Campaign for Copyright!
May 17, 2015 at 6:01 am 0
Last week I had the honour and pleasure of talking to creative artists in Hobart about the need for artists to have their copyright protected, respected and remunerated. It was brilliant to meet writers and other artists from Tassie. My thanks to the Copyright Agency for all that they are doing to support artists in their endeavours and to ensure that fair payments are received where their works are studied or reproduced. You can find out more about the national campaign for copyright here. In the words of John Birmingham, it's a 'codification of respect' - I love this sentiment. Also, teachers should check out the fab repository of materials on Reading Australia. Here you can find a huge range of resources that can be used in the classroom. Hobart was once again wonderful - I have done so much travelling this year, but Hobart is just one of my favourite places. I finally got to the Cascades Female Prison - a place close to my heart after having done so much research on girls' industrial schools for my novel Escape from Cockatoo Island. I also sailed the Derwent on the Lady Nelson replica tall ship (highly recommended), ate my way through Salamanca Markets and caught up with plenty of friends. I managed to stop in at one of my fave bookshops, The Hobart Book Shop and also Spacebar Gallery for lots of gorgeous gifts. My favourite hobby in Hobart though seems to be meandering through Battery Point and imagining which residence I would most like to claim as my own.
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Book me in at the Somerset Celebration of Literature on the Gold Coast next week!
March 11, 2015 at 9:42 am 0
I'll be appearing at the Somerset Celebration of Literature at Somerset College on the Gold Coast next week from March 18-20 and I'd love to meet you! I'm going to be discussing all things writing, Frankie Fox and in general just ruminating on my luuuurve for books and reading (I'm not an English teacher for nothing). There's a fantastic lineup of writers too, including A.L. Tait, author of the wonderful Mapmaker Chronicles. Don't be shy, come and say hi - and tell me why you love reading so much. Download the funkiest-looking program in the world here. See you there, Queensland readers! I'll be appearing at the following sessions:
  • Session 133 - Wednesday 18 March at 11.15am
  • Session 214 - Thursday 19 March at 9.15am
  • Session 244 - Thursday 19 at 12.45pm
  • Friday 333 - Friday 20 at 11.15am
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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