Welcome to Sally Murphy, on day 2 of her blog tour. She's dropped in to talk about her latest book, 'The Big Blowie' and to share a little more about herself.
The Big Blowie
Every afternoon, tourists visit beautiful
How many of the 'big' things have you visited around
When I wrote this book I had only seen a couple if big things - both in WA, but at the end of 2008 I travelled through South Australia, Victoria and parts of NSW and saw a heap - including the Big Orange, Big Galah, Giant Ned Kelly, Big Lobster, Big Orange Tree, Big Merino - I'm sure there were more. I made a point of stopping at each and getting a photo. I've always been quite intrigued by the big thing phenomenon and using a big thing (albeit fictionally) for my story was lots of fun.
How can readers get a copy of The Big Blowie?
The Big Bowie is distributed by Blake education and can be purchased online directly from Blake for just $9.95 by clicking here . It is also available at educational bookstores. For kids, the Aussie Aussie Aussie series is in loads of school libraries - so ask your school librarian,
'Blowie' is great Australian vernacular. Are there other examples of particularly Australian language in The Big Blowie?
For those readers who are outside
a common name for a child, but reflecting our most famous city. Very Australian.
You've lived in a few different places. Are you aware of regional differences in language and does this affect your writing?
Mostly I've lived around
When writing for an overseas market, there are bigger differences. In one of my (unpublished) stories I have a character dive under his doona to hide in his bed. A publisher from
After writing stories that are designed to appeal to (or to be understood in) both local and international markets, can you describe the experience of writing a particularly Australian story?
I loved it. It was a lot of fun. Having the freedom to bring in as many Australian things as possible and trying to make a story out of it was great. The story sprang from a bit of a brainstorm after reading the Aussie Aussie Aussie series guidelines. They were looking for uniquely Australian stories exploring Australian issues. I came up a list of Aussie things including blowflies, the outback and big things, threw in an Aussie issue - drought - and very quickly came up with an idea to bring them all together in one story. I didn't find it hard to plot and write the first draft, though of course it still needed lots of reworking to get it just right.
What's coming up this year for you?
Lots! I'm really excited that my first verse novel, 'Pearl Verses the World' will be published by Walker Books in May. I'm really proud of this book, and delighted with the illustrative work of heather Potter, who has bought
And of course I'm hoping to write and place lots of new stories, as well as promoting these books, hopefully doing some school and festival appearances (I'm open for bookings) and lots of reviews for my review site.
I like being busy.
Thanks Sally, it's been great to have you here. Enjoy the ride!
Sally Murphy is a Western Australian author, mother, wife, teacher, book reviewer and website manager. She has twenty seven children’s and educational books in print and another eight titles in production. Her most recent book is ca chapter book, The Big Blowie, and her first verse novel, Pearl Verses the World, is due out in May from
Sally runs a book review site, Aussiereviews.com, which reviews Australian books across all genres, and a blog, for children’s writers but, fo course, her first passion is actually writing for children.
Yesterday 8th February, Sally was here:
This is where she's visiting next:
11 February http://spinningpearls.blogspot.com/