Rita Lee Chapman has self-published her second book in the Anna Davies Mystery Series, Missing at Sea. This is Rita's fourth self-published book.John Ahern’s travel memoir On The Road…With Kids, the winner of the Qld People’s Choice Book of the Year 2015, is to be released in the USA by Trafalgar Square Publishing in May. Movie rights for On The Road…With Kids have recently been purchased by Aquarius Films.Shannon Horsfall's second picture book Nomax! will be published by HarperCollins in June 2017 and the paperback edition of her first picture book Was Not Me!, also published by HarperCollins, will be released in July 2017.Anna Daniels' Vogel shortlisted romantic comedy Girl In Between with Allen & Unwin will be launched at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Thursday 27 April at 6.30pm.Mocco Wollert's poem Solomon: The Stray Persian was published in the November issue of FAW magazine, Jacaranda was published in Positive Words magazine, and Sometimes I Dream was published in SCOPE February 2017.Jo Sandhu's historical children's novel Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile was published by Penguin Random House.Allison Paterson is a recipient of the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust's Creative Time Fellowships for 2017, and her latest children's picture book Shearing Time was released in March this year.  Ben Hobson's novel To Become a Whale will be published by Allen & Unwin, to be released in June 2017.Jane Smith's book Shoot-out at the Rock, the first in her children's historical fiction series Tommy Bell the Bushranger Boy, has been listed in the Children's Book Council of Australia's Notables for 2017.Dimity Powell's picture book The Fix-It Man has been published by Exisle Publishing.Kathryn Gossow's first novel Cassandra has been published by Odyssey Books.Mirandi Riwoe's novella The Fish Girl is the joint winner of Seizure's Viva la Novella V prize and will be published in September 2017.Bette Guy has had one of her short stories included in Reader's Digest's 100 Word Short Stories collection for 2016.Lea Davey has published her second novel Silkworm Secrets, a contemporary fiction set in South-East Queensland.Joanna Barrett's short story The Whites of Her Eyes placed second in the 2017 Mulga Bill Writing Award short story category at the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival.Mocco Wollert has published The Beating of Wings, with watercolour paintings by Pam Cain.Jennifer Crane's Fairy Tales was highly commended in the Memoir category of the Scribes Writers 'Short Takes' Prose Competition for 2016, and her short story Backyard of Weeds was also highly commended in the fictional Short Story category.Laura Elvery has won the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition for her story Joiner Bay.June Perkins will present at this year's Sandcliffe Writers Festival on the 29th of April. June has also had four of her poems featured on the Australian Children's Poetry blog: The Arts Class, Outback Afternoon, The Caterpillar's Song and First Day.Christine Burgess writing as Kristine Spurling has had her first children's picture book Paco the Pacuna published by D&M Fancy Pastry.MJT Meijer's book Disregard will be published in eBook and paperback by Crimson Cloak Publishing for world-wide release.Cass Moriarty's second novel Parting Words, published by UQP, will be released in August 2017.Karenlee Thompson's short story collection Flame Tip has been published by Hybrid Publishers, with a foreword from David Walsh.Errol Bray's second novel The Quarters published by Clouds of Magellan Press will launch at Avid Reader in West End on 16 March, 2017.James Raven published Retaliation, the finale of his Sentinels of Tzurac science fiction trilogy, with CreateSpace as a paperback and an eBook.Craig Munro has been shortlisted for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.Frances Isaac's latest novel Isabel was published in England and released in January, 2017.The screenplay of James Raven's Terra Major Under Threat, Book 1 of the Sentinels of Tzurac trilogy received the Gold Award in the California Film Awards - Screenplay Competition for 2016.Ian Grace has published his debut novel Kill Radius as an eBook and in paperback, available through Amazon.Fiona Robertson is the recipient of a Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship for 2017.Kris Sheather's picture book The Green Goggles was launched at Bundaberg Art Gallery in December.In November 2016 Andrea Gallagher released her first published book, Superstar Grandmas, and sent the second, Mega-rad Grandads, to print (due for release in early 2017).Ian Townsend's new non-fiction book Line of Fire has been published by Fourth Estate (HarperCollins).Trish Blackwell writing as Patsy Kemp has released her memoir The Drover's Daughter, published by Brolga Publishing, about her family's experiences on the stock routes of Queensland and New South Wales.Mocco Wollert's poem Harem - A Fantasy was published in the March edition of SCOPE, and her two poems City Tree and Brisbane were published in the March edition of The Australia Times. Mocco's poem Nonet - Eaglehawk won second prize in the poetry category of the 2017 Mulga Bill Writing Award at the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival.

Queensland Writer’s Life – Lisa Walker

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Writing early middle grade fiction

Dave Lowe

When I tell people that I’m a children’s author, they usually smile, which I interpret as – well, that explains the terrible haircut, at least. When they ask what kind of books I write, I say ‘Early Middle Grade Fiction’, and then they smile again, which I interpret as – I have no idea what more

Queensland Writer’s Life – June Perkins

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Children’s stories: my, how you’ve grown!

Pamela Rushby

Just over 20 years ago, in 1994, my first novel for children was published. Some 200 books later (I hasten to clarify that quite a few are only 2000 words long), I’m working on my latest. What, if anything, has changed in children’s books over that time? Quite a lot. We’ve seen international game changers. more

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WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Mar-May WQ print magazine available now for QWC members

Contents: The seed of the novella – AS Patric The child as protagonist – Finegan Kruckemeyer Fearless public speaking – Ian Demack Storytelling through songwriting – Dion Read Cat’s Clause: semi-colons and where to find them – Catherine Moller Writing Resource: How Writing Works by Roslyn Petelin – reviewed by TJ Wilkshire Children’s Stories: my how you’ve grown! – Pamela Rushby Author Profile: Michelle Law So you more