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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Joesy Knibbs

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Joesy Knibbs


Joesy is a short story & poetry author who has come from the inner suburbs of Sydney. As a shy city girl, she met a country boy and moved to the north west country town of Gulgong. It was there she learned to manage a pig farm and observed the differences in people and the similarities in animals of all kinds.

Tragedy struck when her husband had a terrible accident which was the driving force for them to move, they settled into the Hawkesbury where she now lives with her family. When Joesy isn’t taking care of her family, she likes to write amazing children’s stories and poetry regarding women’s issues, and occasionally enjoys supporting her grandsons while watching them play rugby league.


Books by Joesy Knibbs


Gerome the Great

Gerome the Great!


When it comes to playing Rugby League, Gerome is a great team member. He is tough and ready to tackle. He plays the game showing his sportsmanship and courage. Learning to be fair at all times. It is important for Gerome and his teammates to play the game with fairness while encouraging other teams to do the same.

It is game day! Gerome and his teammates are looking forward to play their game of Rugby league. Gerome’s running, tackling and kicking skills demonstrate how tough he really is. Come and have fun with Gerome and his teammates…………..


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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Michelle Richardson

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Michelle Richardson


My story is very special, born a triplet and hid behind my mother’s skirt, and didn’t speak till I was 5 years old, bullied at school, reading, writing, speaking the English word was not part of my world. I didn’t believe I would ever have a normal life, and boy I sure don’t now…
My diagnose was dyslexia and Dyspraxia was a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs the ability to read which made my speech messages from the brain to the month not heard and writing incomprehensible. With the world saying no to me, against all odds I followed my dreams, I published my book the first of 10 children’s series Ricki the robot, A teacher in Holistic health, Personal Trainer, Radio Presenter - internet radio, Almost Blue Radio show, International guest speaker for freedom of speech, a mother of 2 beautiful grown kids, and a teaching health and healing facility to build and grow for everyone to live in peace and strength. Dream Big ….


Books by Michelle Richardson


Ricki the Robot

Ricki the Robot


Ricki lands on earth just in time to fix the Earth’s problems. But he has many problems of his own already. A confused Ricki meets a very worried Felicity, whose only wish is to find a friend to love. Even though Ricki is too unwell to have a talk, how can he refuse to be friends with Felicity? But he has to get well, because the world needs his magic. Urgently


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The Latest Top Reads of 2020

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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Bianca Santucci

Bianca Santucci

Who Is Bianca Santucci?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

My work inspired me write. I have always been one who enjoys working and networking with my community. I do enjoy volunteering my time when I can to the local community. And being an animal lover and previous Working with kids, I wanted to write a book for both. Plus also wanted to show the community who I am as an individual. 


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

Dr Chris Brown would be my inspiration. Being a vet and an animal lover. I follow him and his stories. I enjoy watching his tv show and I enjoy him on the living room. 


  1. What is your favourite food?

Having an Italian background, I have always loved my culture and food. Anything Italian is my favourite, especially home made pasta.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I enjoy the outdoors and being in nature. I love the beach and spending time relaxing and taking in nature. 


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I have always wanted to help and care. Originally I wanted to be a dance teacher, having a passion for dance. Then paths change and I then worked in childcare for over 10yrs before finding my real passion of caring for animals and pets and helping educate people about their pets.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

A great story comes from true passion and Sharing the journey of someone.


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


How easy it actually was. Before I knew it, it all came together. 


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I have always wanted to write someone at some stage. It was only with the Passion of my business that the idea came about. And how I had so many clients and people in my community behind me telling me I should do it.


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

Only took a couple of weeks as it was only a short story.


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

My next book, will be the journey of my own personal dog and his life.

Books by Bianca Santucci

Lord Harry, Lord Thomas and the Annual Ball

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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Michelle Richardson

Michelle Richardson

Who Is Michelle Richardson?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

Its was my childhood of super hero's and caring for others. my mother always taught me to love and honour others, to share hope and dreams, this book is dedicated to my beautiful sister who wanted so much to be a superhero, now she is flying the skies as a free sprit 


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

My favourite author I don't really have one, as a child I never read as I couldn't read until very late in life, but my favourite books would be a cat in a hat by Dr Seuss very funny and enchanting books that lets a child be 


  1. What is your favourite food?

My favourite food is roast chicken. Why? It means family time of sharing stories and laugher 

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I am a healing practitioner, support to shift old habits to new ones, been a teaching a educator of health and well-being 


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

As a child I always wanted to be a super hero a police women fighting villians and bringing the badies to justice, wonder women was my hero even though she was a fiction she was me.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

What makes a great story, adventure, a story that makes you wonder what is coming next a mystery that could be anything.


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


Let your mind go and drift into your heart and speak from your heart.


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I wish to share my wisdom with children, I was an adult around 40 years old I thought how cool i would be to help change people lives through reading i could possible do that.


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

Once I go going everything flow and my experience came to life in my book not long, the thought process a few years but actually writing it a few weeks.


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

I have a 10 chapter book ready to go to paper on my third book a series of Ricki the robot, with toys for kids to hold and share!

Books by Michelle Richardson

Ricki the Robot

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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Sonia Young

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Sonia Young


Sonia Young grew up on a hobby farm at Vineyard in the Hawkesbury Area of NSW. After getting married she moved to a nearby suburb and raised three children. She discovered the gift of poetry at the age of forty four. Embracing this gift she went on to write over 30 poems. Most of which are contained in this book. Being the first book of poems she has written she hopes it will be well received.


Reciting her poem “It’s the first ANZAC day” at the Dawn service in Kurrajong NSW, 2018 to over 1000 people has been one of the highlights of her writing career. It was very touching with many shedding a tear or two. She still lives in the Hawkesbury and attends Hawkesbury Valley Toastmaster meetings where she can practice reciting her poems in front of an audience.


Books by Sonia Young


My Poetic Journey

My Poetic Journey


Be inspired by first time writer Sonia Young as she takes you through her inspirational journey of grief, love and humor.

In the beginning her pain and grief can be felt in the poems “My Son Alistair James Young” and “It’s the first ANZAC day”.  Poems written about the loss of her first born baby and her father.

As you continue through the book poems such as “Riptide”, “Shipwreck” and “GOD, Please help me today” emerge. Written from the heart, at her lowest emotional point.

As her mood changes from pain and grief, through acceptance to finally happiness and contentment, it can be felt through the poems such as “Reflections”, “What makes a great Man” and “Four Sheep in a Shed”, which are contained in the sections of Spiritual, Close to my heart and Whimsical.

By the end of the book your spirits will be uplifted and a smile will emerge.

Reading these poems, hopefully you can relate to the poet and be inspired to let your emotions flow as she has done through her writings.


Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures


Come on a playful day out as two children go on a hunt to find the hidden treasures that God has placed inside of them. They could be from the heart – love kindness and respect or from the mind – learning how to play cricket or dancing. When they find them, they have fun sharing them with somebody new, helping them to see that they too have hidden treasures in them that they can discover.

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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Millie Jackson

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Millie Jackson


   Millie Jackson writes novels and short stories that feature an honest exploration of contemporary issues. Whilst she often uses a humorous approach in her writing, she also delves into the difficult topics of addiction, domestic violence, eating disorders and spirituality.

   She is a member of two writers’ groups at the Stanton Library as well as another at the Writers’ Centre in Rozelle. She has two short stories that will be published in an up and coming anthology in Spring 2020, featuring the works of the Stanton groups. The theme is ‘Standing Out or Fitting in.’

   Her debut novel, ‘A North Shore Buddhist,’ was launched at the Stanton in December 2019. Since then she has received many positive reviews of her writing and has been asked to do author talks at various locations.

   Millie has an active interest in physical and mental health, surrounding herself with like-minded people. She also continues to explore the impact of addiction and lack of connection on the family unit in today’s society.


Books by Millie Jackson


A North Shore Buddhist

A North Shore Buddhist


Jacquie knows all about challenges. The young country girl living in ‘the red brick house’ in the far west of N.S.W., turns away from the notion that God will fix everything. She then moves on to boys as her next possible fix.

After a devastating loss, as a young adult she moves to Sydney or ‘the big smoke’ as her father calls it. She develops a passion for money and men, whilst a spiritual quest for the meaning of life sits in the back of her mind occasionally making its presence known. 

The right guy seems to be an illusion, as she battles through relationships and life altering traumas. Her friends and family together with her irrepressible sense of humour, keep her moving forward, even amongst the darkness threatening to unravel her world.

Walk with Jacquie as she experiences a myriad of emotions, from the joyous heights of happiness to the depths of sadness testing her will to battle on.  You will find yourself laughing hysterically one minute and in floods of tears the next, always wondering whether she has the strength to overcome the trials that life keeps handing her.


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Our Author Highlight of the Month: James Dempster

About

James Dempster


James L Dempster grew up in leafy harbour side Clifton Gardens, a short walk to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, where he spent many happy boyhood hours, as well as exploring the nearby Sydney Harbour National Park bushland and foreshore.   He has worked in the cinema and video industries, is a screenwriter and also an artist, having entered the Archibald several times.  For the past two decades he has been in various aspects of animal welfare.  He lives in semi-rural New South Wales with his rescue animals.  Stripes in the Shadows is his first novel and has a new children’s storybook Spitfire the Dragon coming soon.


Books by James Dempster


Stripes In The Shadows

Stripes in the Shadows


As a young boy Leo Thomas had his photograph taken at the Zoo beside the last Tasmanian tiger in captivity – it dies on his 6th birthday and this tragedy inspires him to become one of Australia’s most renowned naturalists, vowing this appalling fate should never happen to another species.  In 2010 he turns 80, is now retired, an active recluse tending his wildlife rescue clinic on the edge of a pristine forest in Tasmania’s south west.  His serene corner of the world is threatened when a prominent commercial lumber company sponsors a not-so-independent study to prove this forest should be logged.  Leo goes on the offensive being the prominent almost single local voice opposing this project in the small community.  At this inconvenient time for Leo, his estranged grandchildren arrive from Sydney for a re-connect visit.  They struggle to relate and get to know each other under the same roof and among inhabitants of the town.  To help save the forest, Leo commences a surreptitious campaign of sabotage to hinder the timber industry study which quickly delays the corporate titan’s schedule.  When he sends in his thugs to deal Leo a lethal blow, events take a very unexpected turn...

‘I was in the moment of the story on every page - a wonderful fictional tale full of wildlife encounters that should have been real history!’

Brad Walker - CEO Global Wildlife Training - www.globalwildlifetraining.com.au

‘This is a very powerful story. Each page had me wanting more. I honestly thought it was a true story. A very well written book…highly recommended’

Sue Kennedy – CEO Sue Kennedy Publishing & Author Academy – www.authoracademy.com.au


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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About James Dempster

James Dempster
James Dempster

Who Is James Dempster?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

The story formed in my thoughts and dreams - so I went with it till I knew it had to be fully formed so I could share it with the world. 


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

Many - but I have a particular soft spot for Gerald Durrell who often wove humour and sincere concerns for animals and the planet so effortlessly. Also Spike Milligan - because he is the first author that made me laugh out loud when reading one of his books, and so often thereafter. 


  1. What is your favourite food?

I am a vegan.  A couple of favourites include, aloo baingan (indian eggplant curry), the wonderful baked beans on toast (simple and incredibly nutritious) and a good old cuppa of hot black tea.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Walk with dogs out somewhere natural, read, watch movies, think about stories. 


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I didn't really know - vaguely something to do with the movies, which is a form of storytelling.  In the end I think writing chose me. 


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

It has to have a good interesting engaging narrative no matter what the  genre, have some deeper spiritual meaning that is often not apparent if done correctly, and a good moral lesson or three - all subtly woven together and the story is so good, you don't even notice them . 


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


How long it became from my initial rough calculation on length - being all the 'corners' of the segments of the narrative that filled in during the process, and how the characters became more real inside my mind as they acted out their parts - and when I observed how all the characters were actually different segments of my character/personality given form somehow. 


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

When I was participating in amateur theater - I discovered the power of the text over all other aspects of any possible final production.  


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

Depends on the story - 'Stripes in the Shadows' took about 10 months from first word to last.  Sometimes you have to put a story aside for a while then come back to it, so it depends.  And in the end all stories (or whatever type of creative works of/or art) are subject to a version of what  Paul Valery famously said about poetry 'A poem is never finished, only abandoned.'


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

That is a hard one as I have many novels, and shorter children's stories all percolating inside me.  When it dominates I will do it, and when it is done, then I will be the first to know.  

Books by James Dempster

Stripes in the Shadows

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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Jennifer Navin

Author of the month - Jennifer Navin

About

Jennifer Navin


I am my own person and to me family is everything.

My dream of doing medicine was not to be realised, when in year twelve I knew I would not get the grades needed to study medicine, so I entered nursing at Royal North Shore Hospital and loved every minute of my time there. After a stint at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne I left for Europe and the ubiquitous bus trip, a right of passage for the young Australian back in the late seventies.

With Danica’s death, I reached crossroads and decisions needed to be made on where my career was to go. I did go to University as a mature aged student and over the years of juggling parenthood, part time work and study I gained a Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Gerontology and a Masters in Aged Care Management.


Books by Jennifer Navin


Riding the Rainbow

Riding the Rainbow


My story of Danica’s six years of life is based purely on our personal experiences and in no way reflect the experiences of other persons.

In reflection, I hope that this book will help those families of newly diagnosed children who have a disability. Your world will feel as though it has collapsed and will wonder; Why me? Why us? Is it worth it?

Believe me, it is worth it and then some. The journey does take time, love and a lot of patience to make it through each day but with the dawn there is always a new day.


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