This last weekend I had the very great pleasure of launching Dimity Powell's chapter book, PS: Who Stole Santa's Mail? (Morris Publishing) at Marks and Gardner Gallery on Mt Tambourine.
Filled with feisty characters, seat-of-your-pants drama and loads of Christmas cracker jokes, Dimity Powell's children's book, PS: Who Stole Santa's Mail? will bring the magic of believing into your home. Dragging along his jellybean-eating sidekick Tobii, nearly nine-year-old Sam Doolan's irrepressible optimism and determination to solve the mystery of the disappearing mail takes the reader on an action-packed journey full of mystery, mayhem and magic. It simply is a must-have for your Christmas stocking.
|Marks and Gardner Secret Garden|
Almost! Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve celebrated the release of my first children’s chapter book with fabulous book launches, thrilling visits to schools and one of the most exhilarating cyber sleigh rides I’ve ever been on . And now, sitting in the shade of your fragrant apple tree, resting a while with my loyal reindeer, I’m able to reflect on it a little.
|The book launch is under way|
|Here's Mrs Claus (aka me) rounding up the troops and getting the crowd excited.|
|Introducing the star of the day, author Dimity Powell.|
Absolutely! There’s been an amazing amount of support and excitement surrounding PS: Who Stole Santa’s Mail? I do love the froth and bubble of it all, but perhaps the most satisfying part of debuting my first children’s book has been watching the kids’ reactions. They’ve laughed and pondered, and best of all, read my words with such genuine enthusiasm, that I’ve been moved to tears. That has been my most tremendous writing achievement to date; that kids enjoy reading my stories!
|Wonder Women: Renee Taprell, Dimity Powell and Angela Sunde (myself)|
|Dimity Powell's beautiful smile|
v Bold – don’t hold back, on yourself or your dreams. Go for it.
v Brave – don’t be afraid to take risks, with your writing or desires. It’s ok to hang around your comfort zone, but it’s exciting stepping out of it now and then.
v Brilliant – if I fail at all else, I try to be at least professional and charming at all times – try to be. I’ve followed this credo since my college days because from here, you can be anything else you wish. Then, you can aim high. Being brilliant is hard work. Prepare well for it.
v Believing – because without it (belief) you’re nothing but an out of work, vengeful, misguided little elf.
Well, Dimity, this is the end of our quiet moment together Under the Apple Tree. Happily for me, I know we'll be seeing lots of each other in the future. Thanks so much for stopping by and for including me in your celebrations. How about a second slice of pie? I haven't got any jelly beans.
Thank you, I will. And Tobii is the one who loves jelly beans, not me.
(Editor's note: Angela and Dimity kept munching apple pie and sipping tea for many hours on that blanket Under the Apple Tree, talking about writerly kids stuff, unbeknown to them that their readers were waiting to say goodbye. So just let yourselves out, thanks.)
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