Author Journal · Page 5 of 35 · Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr's author diary: the journal following a writer's working life and the progress of new books, from idea to manuscript to publication.
The comfort of bedtime stories
18th Aug

The comfort of bedtime stories

The saddest story I’ve ever heard about the importance of reading to your children came from someone who told me that the happiest times of her childhood were when her mother was…
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National Reading Hour – Would you like me to read you a story?
13th Aug

National Reading Hour – Would you like me to read you a story?

Australia’s National Reading Hour is fast approaching: 6 pm on Tuesday August 19: a time when we celebrate the act of reading with children. Reading is one of the most important things…
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Have you ever ridden on a sea lion?
19th Jul

Have you ever ridden on a sea lion?

Miriam at Create Hope Inspire blog interviewed me about Rescue on Nim’s Island this week.  Her two young sons also had some great questions! Here are a couple: Have you ever ridden on a…
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19th Jun

I’ve been a bad, slow, blogger lately (even more than usual!) but my excuse, apart from having a wonderful four weeks of travel, inspiration and, yes, even a holiday – is that…
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History and the magic of inspiration
20th May

History and the magic of inspiration

Inspiration, story ideas – they’re all around us, in everything that we see and hear, think and do, every day of our lives. But sometimes a particular story needs more specific inspiration,…
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My friend’s son is in jail
18th Apr

My friend’s son is in jail

My friend’s son is in jail. These aren’t words I ever thought I’d write; they’re not words my friend would have ever thought I’d write. And at first glance, they’re not words…
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Awards from home – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
23rd Mar

Awards from home – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Okay, so the diamonds may be symbolic here! It’s always a thrill to be nominated for any award, but some awards have an extra sentimental kick for their particular book.  RAVEN’S MOUNTAIN…
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Naming Story Characters – meanings, tributes and sound play
14th Mar

Naming Story Characters – meanings, tributes and sound play

After all the conferencing and considering the names submitted for two characters in Rescue on Nim’s Island, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of character names, and how we choose them. Because…
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Roses, chocolates and books – International Book Giving Day vs Valentines Day
13th Feb

Roses, chocolates and books – International Book Giving Day vs Valentines Day

I’ve got nothing against roses, chocolates or champagne, but for a Valentine’s Day gift that makes a difference, how about a book? International BookGiving Day is new but spreading quickly.  The Guardian…
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And the winner is….
29th Jan

And the winner is….

Drumroll please… ‘Lil Kim’ has won the Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop copy of Ark in the Park. Congratulations – and don’t forget to send me your address, as well as…
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Looking back at Ark in the Park
28th Jan

Looking back at Ark in the Park

I chose Ark in the Park for the Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop (scroll down to the post below) for a few reasons. In some ways it’s my favourite of my…
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