I am absolutely thrilled to help celebrate the book birthday of a fellow Gold Coastian and Walker author today! This book looks absolutely magical - despite its title!
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From the page to the stage, Michelle Macwhirter has always loved telling stories. When she’s not making up stories, you’ll catch her performing in plays or driving her two daughters to dancing. There is No Magic in This Book is her first picture book.
Do you like magic? Well, you’ve come to the wrong place because there’s definitely NO magic in this book. Or is there?
In this vibrant interactive story, readers are told by the insistent Bookkeeper that there’s no magic to be found in its pages, but eagle-eyed readers can discover enchanted surprises on every spread. Perfect for fans of interactive classics like Do Not Open this Book, The Book with No Pictures and Press Here, this story encourages young readers to look for magic in even the most ordinary places.
This is a book that passes the unofficial birthday party test: it's for any and every child between the ages of 3-6.
Who are you and what do you write?
Hello! Although I have been writing for many years, my first book is just coming out now. It’s a picture book called There Is No Magic In This Book and I am beyond thrilled to see it released into the world. Previously, I have also written plays as well as a few young adult manuscripts. I tend to like otherworldy stories that fall into sci-fi and fantasy genres (but not always!).
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
Right from childhood, I spent a great deal of time in my imagination. I would always wonder ‘what if’ and so I began to tell stories. I also loved acting and performing on stage. After school, I pursued a ‘proper’ career in marketing, but I kept up my creative pursuits on the side. About 15 years ago, I began taking a more serious interest in writing and started attending conferences and workshops.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
Ahhh, it’s been long! I spent many years writing young adult manuscripts on and off (having babies kinda slowed that down.)Then conveniently, after several years of reading picture books to my daughters, the text for a picture book just plonked itself in my head. I submitted it to Catherine Drayton at Inkwell Management and she became my fabulous agent. The book sold to Walker Books and is coming out on 18 November.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
The hardest part has been the rejection. There has been a LOT of it, even after getting a publishing contract. It is very disheartening and I have wanted to give up many times. But the stories keep coming to me and I still feel a strong urge to share them with the world, so I keep going! And that brings me to the most enjoyable part of writing. I love nothing better than to sit at my desk with no-one around, with a coffee, a candle burning and some focus music, and just smash out words and create stories. It’s like meditation for me. I pour it all out and then I feel great.
Would you go back and change anything?
I would stop worrying about the end result and just enjoy the process. I mean, yes, you do need to know your audience, but focusing on what some future editor and reader will think of your writing can be very limiting and silencing. It’s important to stay focussed on the spark that inspired you to write.
Where would you like to be in 5 years’ time?
I would love to publish at least three of my young adult novels and more picture books. I also have an idea for a TV series that I really want to write. I have way more ideas than time so I’d also love to shake off the day job and fully focus on writing. That’s the dream!
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Resilience is key. Like I tell my daughters, with any rejection we just play Taylor Swift loudly, get our dance on and ‘shake it off’!
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? Mayo
Night or Day? Night
Inside or Outside? Inside
Dogs or Cats? Dogs. (I would have said cats, but then we got a dog, and she is the best.)
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook.
e-book or Paperback? Paperback, definitely.
Sun or Rain? Sun for fun, rain for writing.
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? Keyboard. But I do love pretty stationary.
Comedy or Drama? Drama
Chips or Chocolate? Chips! Always!
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