The 2 problems publishers have with rhyming picture books

Hello, sunshine!  Missing Q & Q Friday? Here's a transcript from a  lovely one we recorded last year. Thanks to Suzy from Wagga Wagga in NSW for this awesome Q! You can listen, read or watch. Whatever suits you. or visit the Girl and Duck Podcast on iTunes where you can subscribe and listen on the go. The Q: As an aspiring illustrator who …

In conversation with a wolf (who is also an illustrator)

When I was an aspiring children's author back in the 1980s, the only career guidance I could find was Mem Fox's autobiography. Ahem. Aside from that there was one other book, a textbook, kicking around. But it was fairly lacklustre and I don't recall its title. Other than that, it was just me and me typewritin' machine (it …

Interview the first

Live from the desk of Jen Storer, children's author... and roving reporter. See this pic? Two empty chairs. My studio. Last week. Perhaps you saw this pic on facebook or twitter or flitting about elsewhere in the magical ethers? So what's it all about? I know some of you follow the blog but don't subscribe to girl and duck. …

Right story, wrong format. Why it’s important to be true to the story.

Today in my morning pages I had an ah-ha moment. Man, it was a long time coming. Sometimes I'm astonished by how blinkered I can be. But once I had the realisation, I thought, I have to share this with the duckies! And while we're at it, for those of you who haven't heard me quack about morning pages …

Ten literary devices. Or how to zhoosh up your creative writing.

Sit up straight. Eyes and ears facing forward, please. The teacher is IN. The following is a list of basic literary devices. Literary devices? I know! It sounds impressive. Sorry if you feel like you're back at school. But sometimes we forget about this stuff and I do think it's worth revisiting. You could also think …