ABOUT SHERYL

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

Books have always been my friends. I remember the first book that fired this passion, and exactly where I was at the time – on the front steps of my country town’s library, reading, for hours. My parents were on the verge of sending out a search party. I was seven, and the book was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

When I was 12, I found the strangest things in outback Queensland … shells and crustaceans poking out of the cliff walls hundreds of kilometres from the sea. They were fossils. That day started my fascination for fossils and interest in this ancient land’s amazing pre-history. Years later, I wrote an adventure novel set on a Queensland outback fossil dig.

Over the years, I’ve continued to write the stories that tumble from my head – then rewrite them, edit and rewrite again. I’ve won some competitions and awards:

  • Australian Society of Authors Mentorship 2006
  • Australian Society of Authors Mentorship 2010
  • May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship 2008
  • CYA Writers Conference writing competition 2009 – 2nd Prize Princess Clown
  • Arts Network East Gippsland writing competition 2002 – 3rd Prize Pigeon on a Sandstone Ledge

I continue to write and visit schools in my home town of Brisbane (in Australia) where I live, to talk about writing and books, and sometimes even about Australian dinosaurs.

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3 Responses to ABOUT SHERYL

  1. Gally says:

    Hello!

    I’ve looked through your blog and I’m impressed with the work you’ve done. Will you share some advice with me? I’m a U.S. writer who’s looking to become a published author. I’ve written a few short stories so far and I’ve started a blog to showcase my work. What are some ways I can get with a publishing company? And how do you feel about independent publishing — is it worth it?

    Thanks for your help!
    — Gally

    • Hi Gally
      I guess the advice I would give is to keep writing and re-writing your work, apply for mentorships and any development programs run by your State for young, emerging writers (I presume you are youngish?). Also enter writing competitions. Do writing courses (online if you’re not in a city). Write lots of different things – like non-fiction articles, interviewing interesting people and see whether magazines would be interested in what you’ve got. Check out the web for different writing forums that might suit your genre.
      Independent publisher can be useful if you don’t mind paying for your book to get printed. The main problem is when it comes to distributing your printed books. They usually don’t do that, and you could end up with a garage of boxes of books that you can’t sell.
      Anyway, good luck with your writing and never give up. 🙂

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