Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, and a new ‘almost history’ detective series called the Maven & Reeve Mysteries.
Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, and a new ‘almost history’ detective series called the Maven & Reeve Mysteries (you’ll find book #1 THE FIRE STAR here).
Last weekend, I headed down to Milton to participate in three sessions at the inaugural Storyfest festival.
It was a wonderful day, and included the opportunity to interview the charming Jaclyn Moriarty (above left) about her children’s books (and if you’d like to get an idea of what that might have included, listen to my earlier podcast interview with Jaclyn here).
And then there was the chance to talk about adventure stories with Meredith Jaffe, and a very entertaining panel about podcasts and audio books with Pamela Cook, David Hunt and Katherine Collette (above right).
Note to self: organise audio versions of A.L. Tait’s books asap!
The pace of my year does not look like slowing any time soon. Upcoming events include:
It is true that I tend to interview people rather than being interviewed, and I can vouch for the fact that we have some very exciting and entertaining guests coming up on the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast over the next few weeks.
One interview I particularly enjoyed was this one, with US author Peter Rock. If you want to know why, you’ll need to listen to it but suffice to say that Peter enjoyed a year at an Australian school ‘back in the day’ and we shared an English teacher for that year. I always knew he’d end up a writer – even if he didn’t!
From the other side of the microphone, thanks to Nick Rheinberger, ABC Illawarra, for having me on his morning show recently to talk about the So You Want To Be A Writer book.
Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher.
My whirlwind visit to Singapore is over and I thought it was time for one of those ‘what I did at the writers’ festival’ posts, as well as a bit of a catch up on A L Tait news and reviews. So here, in no particular order, is November in a nutshell.
NEWS: Singapore Writers’ Festival
As I dusted off my passport to head to Singapore, I realised it had been nearly 10 years since I’ve left the country. Too long between flights! Fortunately, Singapore Writers’ Festival was a fantastic re-entry into all things international. My first session was at a local primary school, talking to 100 students about where ideas for stories come from and what to do with them.
On day two, I found myself in the wonderful Timbre Music Academy talking to 30+ keen writers about how to unleash their writing superpowers.
My last session at the festival was a fast and fun panel with Hanoch Piven (Israel) and Claudia Rueda (Columbia) about encouraging creativity in kids. The three main takeaways, as summed up by our fabulous moderator Andrea Lam: let kids be bored, expose them to new ideas and people (just not every day) and let them play.
In other news, the winners of the #altaitshelfie comp have been contacted! Congrats to Louise Brooks (Twitter), Jo_Digs (Instagram) and Literacy Westall (Twitter), who will each receive a signed bookshop poster for The Book Of Secrets.
Thanks so much to everyone who entered! If you entered and you haven’t yet sent me your address to receive a signed bookmark, please get in touch!
“This fantastic adventure story has all the hallmarks of a classic tale, full of twist and turns and fabulous characters like the band of feisty girls led by Gwyn who help Gabe reach his destination. I can’t wait for book 2!” – Kids’ Reading Guide 2017-2018
“Tait builds a believable and evocative middle ages world, rich in historical detail – think dungeons, danger, archery and royal double-crossings … High on energy, The Book of Secrets is a compelling read with twists and turns to keep you guessing, and sets up a whole new exciting adventure for the next installment.” Liz Ledden, Buzzwords Magazine
And then there’s this one, from The Sunday Telegraph’s Funday pages.
As an author, I’m incredibly thrilled when a reader takes the time to review my books. The number of reviews and ratings on Goodreads is also growing, and I’d love to see your review there if you’re a member!
I was asked by the Children’s Book Council (US) to answer three questions I WISH someone would ask me. I wonder if you can guess what my questions might be? Here are my answers.
I was also interviewed this month by Spine Out magazine, which comes from the stable that produces Good Reading magazine. Spine Out is an online magazine for YA readers and writers, created by YA readers and writers. You can read the magazine through your school or local library.
If you have a young writer (12-18) at your place, they can contribute articles, reviews, poems, stories and more to Spine Out – see here for how to submit.
With a headline like that, I SO want to follow up with a post about how I’m embarking on a worldwide book tour for The Mapmaker Chronicles… but that would be beyond the realms of fiction and into outright fib territory, so I’ll stick to the facts.
In one of the modules for my Build Your Author Platform course, I talk about the importance of getting offline – that is, leaving the cosy confines of your writing space and actually going and talking to people every once in a while. As it turns out, 2016 is shaping up as a year in which I very much practice what I preach, so that’s working out well.
Along with a slew of school presentations and author talks, which I’ll share with you down the track, I’ve got two big dates marked on my calendar.
On Sunday 22 May, I’ll be doing a reading from The Mapmaker Chronicles as part of the Wollongong branch of the Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local Program, in which the Sydney Writers’ Festival will be streamed live to regional venues. I’m really looking forward to taking part, and will have books for sale on the day, so if you’re in the area come along to Wollongong Town Hall and say hi! Click the image for the full program.
Then (the next big date in my calendar that I can reveal right now), I’m thrilled to say that on September 9/10 I’ll be presenting two sessions at the ProBlogger Training Event 2016, both about writing. My first session is all about how to write a better blog, covering all the tips and tricks I’ve learned in 6+ years of blogging (and 20+ years of writing professionally), and I’m also presenting a one-hour workshop on Getting Paid to Write (specifically, where the work is, how to pitch a story, and how to write for someone else – not as easy as you might think). Details of my sessions are here, but early-bird tickets go on sale tomorrow, so be ready to act quickly if you’re keen to go.
Here’s hoping I’ll be able to meet a few of you at one or the other of these events!