2016 recap!

Ted debuting at the 2016 Abbotsleigh Literary Festival!

Ted debuting at the 2016 Abbotsleigh Literary Festival!

As promised, here’s my recap for 2016! And wow! What an incredible year it was, too!

February kicked off the year with Anzac Ted nominated for the prestigious 2016 Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award. By April Anzac Ted had also been released in paperback in Australia and New Zealand!

After six months of research, June saw me start a new writing adventure into YA Fiction. I’d wanted to write this story for years and finally sat down to do it! Needless to say I love, love, love writing it and am looking forward to getting it “out there” in the near future.

Gorgeous student artwork during Book Week!

Gorgeous student artwork during Book Week!

August and September morphed from Book Week into Book Month as Anzac Ted and I took to the road and visited lots of schools and met lots of wonderful children, teachers and parents who all love books!

Love this portrait of Ted!

Love this portrait of Ted!

September came with the brilliant news that Anzac Ted had hit the “best seller” list. Ted and I were also asked to appear as guest speakers for EK Books at the 2016 SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference at the Menzies in Sydney.

Suffice to say, while I “stole” the microphone in the room my original Anzac Ted teddy bear stole the hearts!

Again in September¬† (it was a BIG month!) I was asked by the fabulous NZ author, Maria Gill, if I’d like Anzac Ted to take part in the 2017¬†Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages exhibition. Would I? Heck yes! This incredible exhibition kicks off in Brisbane in early 2017 so look out for it coming to a library near you!

Belinda x

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