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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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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Joesy Knibbs

Joesy Knibbs
Joesy Knibbs

Who Is Joesy Knibbs?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

I have been fascinated with stories ever since I was a child, I would get lost in books and pretend I was the characters and living their stories. The stories inspired my imagination and allowed me to be creative using mine.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

This is a hard question to answer as I have had many over the years. I have loved J.R Tolkien, C S Lewis, J K Rowling, May Gibbs, Roald Dahl, and now these days I am not reading as much , but when I do I like Melissa Marr and Stephanie Meyers. I think I like these authors because their stories are outside of the normal life we live today. Anything is possible within the storyline , even things I wouldn’t ever think of, so I am able to step into the characters to feel what they feel and stand in their shoes for awhile.


  1. What is your favourite food?

My favourite food is chocolate or ice cream.


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

When I am not writing I like to spend time with my family watching my grandsons play football or being creative with my granddaughters.


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

As a child I wanted to be a Dancer or a singer.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

I think what makes a good story is the ability to take the reader to another place and inspire their creativity and imagination even for a little while.


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


The most surprising things for me was to see what my imagination had created and to turn it into reality. It was like I made it come alive.


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

As a child I think it was just a gift that I had and taken it for granted. It wasn’t until I came to Author Academy that I became aware of my gift. Meeting Sue Kennedy and the other authors gave me the space and feedback to recognise the gift in my stories, and that is what made me realise that I wanted to be a writer.


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

Once I believe in the idea that my stories are something worth reading it takes about a year.


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

At the moment I am playing around with ideas and haven’t decided on the subject of my next book yet.


Books by Joesy Knibbs

Gerome the Great!

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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Sonia Young

Sonia Young
Sonia Young

Who Is Sonia Young?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

Grief and wanting to share the story about the loss of my first born baby. Even though I started writing this book years ago. I have not finished it but I have published two other books.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

I don't have a favourite author.


  1. What is your favourite food?

I have a sweet tooth so I would have to say chocolate.


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

When I am not writing I work as a carer, which I really enjoy. I also like to spend time with the family.


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

Don't remember having my heart set on anything but after doing work experience at the age of 15 at Castle Hill RSL I decided I wanted to become a Chef.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

True stories with spiritual overtones.


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


I was surprised with my ability to write poetry.


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

A few years after my baby died I wanted to write my story but didn't see myself as a writer.


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

Depends on what I am working on. My Poetic Journey and Hidden Treasures took approximately one year to write. The book I am working on now is going to take a lot longer.


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

My next book is about my parents. I am writing it with my mother from her perspective. My dad was an incomplete quadriplegic and Mum was his full time carer. They travelled a lot around Australia. First in a Combi with the wheelchair tied to the back, then in a Motorhome. They had some great adventures in between hospital visits and Dad's surgeries.


Books by Sonia Young

Hidden Treasures

My Poetic Journey

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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Jennifer Navin

Jennifer Navin
Jennifer Navin

Who Is Jennifer Navin?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

The inspiration for me writing Riding the Rainbow was my daughter Danica who was eighteen months old at the time I put pen to paper.

I wrote the initial manuscript for Danica.

To tell Danica’s story.

To help me try and understand why my daughter was diagnosed at the age of five months old with Cerebral Palsy.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

I have no one favourite author. I read a broad range of literature.

Judy Nunn and Bryce Courtney for their wonderful novels of Australian history.

Hannah Kent; her rich and evocative language, so beautiful that you re read and linger over each sentence. Her skill in forming a story from the most elementary facts, that captures the reader in the time capsule of the novel. Amazing.

Maeve Binchey and Rosamunde Pilcher for the wonderful escapism to the Cornish countryside of England.

Dr Mahomed Khadra, a very talented surgeon with an amazing writing skill of telling the facts as they are.


  1. What is your favourite food?

I love a roast chicken dinner.


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

I love my garden. I really enjoy buying what I call rescue plants and then planting them and watching them recover and grow. The majority of my garden is of rescue plants.


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

When I was a child and really until senior school, I wanted to do medicine. I then realised that I wouldn’t have the marks for entry to Medicine and all I wanted to do was work and continue learning. Nursing ticked the boxes. I had planned to go to university as a mature age student to do medicine but I met Shane whilst overseas and the rest is history.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

What makes a good story? How that person tells the story.


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


That Danica’s death was her gift to me and her gift to herself.

 She gifted to me time. Time to parent Ashley and Kelsie without the mire of disability. Time to spend freely with Shane. Time to explore and complete further education.

Danica gave herself freedom. Freedom from a body that prevented her from doing so much. She is now free to run with the wind and talk nonstop.


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

I always liked writing, even as a young person. I dreamt of publishing. A Bucket List wish.


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

It took thirty plus years fiddling with a pen and paper. In 2010, a health scare with Shane and the following cataclysmic journey found me opening up that corner of my heart to sorely probe that aching wound of October 20th 1988, the day Danica died. It then took a further twelve months with my mentor, editor and publisher to finish and publish Riding the Rainbow.


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

My next book?!! Well I am writing and it is a bit of a patch work at the moment. Again, it is about family and history.


Books by Jennifer Navin

Riding the Rainbow

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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About J.B May

J.B May
J.B May

Who Is J.B May?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

A busy and overactive mind. I would daydream scenarios and stories constantly. I found that channelling those thoughts and putting them down on paper calmed my mind.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

Brigid Kemmerer, I like her writing style and the themes of her stories.


  1. What is your favourite food?

Freshly baked crusty bread with a fluffy centre served with good butter and a pinch of pink sea salt, add some soft cheese and cured meats and I’m in heaven.

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

Blasting music while singing off key and dancing like a uncoordinated overly dramatic child who snuck on stage at a concert.

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

I don’t think I ever had a plan of what I wanted to be, at least not that I can remember.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

Heart. If it can make you feel something or stir something inside you, then it’s good.


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

That I could write a book.

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

When writing made me happy and that was only a few years ago.

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

Pre-baby 6-12months, post-baby 12months plus (Babies are hard work)

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

I have a children’s book called Missing Magic which will be available on Amazon kindle on the 17/9/2020, the pre-sale for this is already up. It’s a fairy-tale approach to discussing infertility with young children. As for the books for older audiences, I have two book concepts outlined at the moment but I’m not sure which one will take centre stage yet. One is a dystopian tale that addresses overpopulation and environmental abuse and the other is a reimagining of a classic fairy tale, snow white.

Books by J.B May

Unveiled

Awakened

Renewed

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