It is my pleasure to take part in announcing the release of Mystery, Mayhem and Magic, written by The Ten Penners. Once again this group of dedicated Australian authors has produced an anthology of intriguing and entertaining stories. Read on and enjoy the interview with one Ten Penner, Louisa Wright.
‘Take a path through the forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.’
From the authors of Shock! Horror! Gasp! and Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales, Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is the new anthology written by The Ten Penners …
Come and explore!
The Blog Tour
16/10/17 Monday– Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com
Content about The Ten Penners
Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/
Content Lindy Standage
20/10/17 Friday – Robin Adolphs www.robinadolphs.com/
Content Louisa Wright
Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com
Content Sharron Alexiou
21/10/17 Saturday – GCW book launch announcement
The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/
23/10/17 Monday – Aleesha Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-
Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/
Content interview Elli Housden
Mystery, Mayhem and Magic
4th November 2017, 10.15am to 11.15am
Special Announcement 1 – Book giveaway!
There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour, those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy!
The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November.
Special Announcement 2 – Colouring competition!
Results will be announced at the official book launch at Broadbeach Library.
Click on the link for details.
Interview with Louisa Wright
Louisa Wright is an aspiring children’s writer. Louisa published an article in the Gold Coast Bulletin on “Valuing your Staff’ for her degree. This inspired Louisa to join The Ten Penners’ writers’ group to pursue her love of creative writing. Louisa has three adventure stories in Mystery, Mayhem and Magic. These are the ‘Escape to Utopia’ series – ‘The Elevator Adventure’, ‘The Friendly Dragon Adventure’ and ‘The Pirate Cove Adventure’. Louisa loves reading and has two small dogs that are her inspiration and she lives on the Gold Coast.
Q1 – Louisa, why did you choose to write Children’s Stories?
As a child, I read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis and I also liked the Enid Blyton Adventure books. I also used to write very imaginative stories they always had dragons and far away worlds in. I think I always had a vivid imagination so my mum used to say. I did not pursue my love of Creative writing again until my forties when I came to Australia as I had always wanted to write a book. It is on my bucket list so I joined a writers group, then the Ten Penners where I started writing children’s stories.
Q2 – How do you discover and record your characters?
Character ideas pop into your head and then you work on it. Like for my Utopia stories, I wanted a young boy who was being bullied and the name Samson just popped into my head. Petunia I wanted to be a princess and it seemed to be a good name for that. I record my character traits on a Character chart I try and list as many things about that character as I can. The basics first then I build on the characters likes, dislikes, fears and likes. I keep these character charts in Scrivener which is a software developer to build your novel.
Q3 – Is there any software you would use to help create your novel?
Well, originally I just used Word but I was introduced to Scrivener. This is software that allows you to structure your novel. It allows you to add in chapters. When you are working you can have the word part open, your notes, your research and also a corkboard for notes. So, all your information is in one place. Then it can be exported to Word at the end when you compile the novel. There is an addition to this, which is called Scapple, and this is electronic mind map software. I also like to use Evernote as you can save any notes, emails and any other research you want to keep in here.
Q4 – Why do you enjoy Creative Writing?
I find when I write I can completely immerse myself in another place, be another character. I like to give pleasure to people when they read my stories. I like to be creative and express myself through words and illustrations. I like to be part of a group of writers to get feedback and continually improve my writing skills.
Q5 – What inspires your writing?
I am inspired by real-life events that have happened to me and use these experiences, feelings and emotions to write. I look at things around me when I am in different places. I watch people when I am out for a coffee; I observe behaviours when I am at the beach. Also, my dogs are an inspiration for funny stories and this may well be the next children’s book.
Thank you, Louisa for sharing your writing journey, inspirations and practical tips. All the very best for Mystery, Mayhem and Magic. Here’s to every success in the future!