Happy New Year! I hope you got to have a break and had lots of family and friends time. I got a couple of weeks with my family and my hubby and I even got a 3 day break away to enjoy our 15 year wedding anniversary which was so romantic :).
But I hit the floor running and its full steam ahead this year!! Lots going on and lots to update you on in the coming weeks with some exciting announcements. The best place to get these announcements live and straightaway is to head on over to my Fuzzy Facebook page.
In Fuzzy News:
I will be heading off to Kidscreen 2019 in Miami in Feb and looking forward to pitching some of our wonderful properties. I have a huge announcement to send out soon, so watch this space around it. But for more info on our properties we are taking check out the shows tab on our Fuzzy Media Page
In Duckling Publishing News:
Amy Book 2 - The Underwater Paradise has sent off for print so get in now to get your pre-orders.
Elastic Island Book 3 - Rainbow Cove has also gone for print, watch this space for when pre-orders will be ready :).
Also in Elastic Island news we have created a jingle and an animated promo for hopefully the tv series, I will share this with you in weeks to come!
On The slate in the future I am looking forward to an Elastic Island Picture book featuring Along the Cat
Also Amy Book 3 - The Winter Wonderland.
If you haven't got your Max box set, get it now or check out our Duckling Publishing Facebook page for specials coming up for Valentines day :).
If you haven't seen it yet check out a great author interview I had this week from Book Reviews and Featured Authors
Featured Author of the Week (January 21-27)
CHRISSY METGE - AUTHOR OF SEVERAL CHILDREN'S BOOKS, INCLUDING MAX AND AMY SERIES
Chrissy has been in the animation film and TV industry for 20 years. Her love of children, storytelling and animation has also led her to diversify into creating children's books. Surrounded by the best in the industry - working with Peter Jackson at Weta Digital, Richard Taylor at Weta Workshop and many more creatives and award-winning talent - Chrissy has a great eye for story and illustration and applying real-world situations.
Jungle Book (Oscar for Best Visual Effects)
The Hobbit Trilogy
Fast and Furious 7
Hunger Games 2
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Superman Man of Steel
Legend of the Guardians
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I loved writing when I was a kid, and as I got into college English was one of my favourite subjects. I always wanted to write and it wasn't until my son was 6 weeks premature that I fully got into it.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends. I write childrens books mainly. I have a series called Max andhis Big Imagination where there are 5 books, I can write these in a few weeks. My Amy Dreaming Adventures series is different. It's all rhyming so it takes me a good 6 months to get it to a place I am happy with it.
3. Where do you get your information or inspiration for your book/s?
My Family. My Max series is inspired from my nephew Max and my son. My Amy series is based of my niece Amy.
4. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
To be an archelogist or a cartoonist/animator.
5. What is your work schedule like when you write?
Because I am extremely busy with 3 companies and my son and family I learnt to have no expectations. My son may wake up sick one morning so I drop everything. So I just write when I can. I make sure its everyday but it could be when I am on the ferry going to work, 10pm at night when the family is in bed or when im in line at a cafe.
6. What is the most surprising thing you learned from your writing?
Is how relaxing it is, when I write its so enjoyable and it exercises my mind and relaxes the body.
7. How old were you when you wrote your first book?
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Spending time with my family, gardening or creating on my many other projects, I am working on a film, 3 tv shows and a stage show.
9. What genre do you most prefer to write?
Children or young adult
10. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?
7 childrens books. Oh wow I think it would be too hard to pick just one. I love them all!
11. What do you think makes a good story?
A really good character (s), they need to be fun and relatable for anyone reading.
12. How do you publish your books?
I have set up my own publishing company www.ducklingpublishing.com