Writing the Dream Launch

Writing the Dream was officially launched on 18th November 2016 at the Centre for Stories in Northbridge.


Writing the Dream Display. Photo credit: Teena Raffa-Mulligan

With 25 authors, scattered around Australia, not everyone could attend the launch…


Writing the Dream authors attending the launch

 … But Jenn J McLeod, did the next best thing with this ‘photobomb’ all the way from the East Coast.

Jenn J McLeod photobombing Louise Allan and Tess Woods

Jenn J McLeod photobombing Louise Allan and Tess Woods. Photo credit: Teena Raffa-Mulligan & Jenn J McLeod

Serenity Press team, Karen and Monique looked gorgeous on the night. Their individual speeches and ambitions for Serenity Press are inspiring.


Karen and Monique. Photo credit: Teena Raffa-Mulligan

I’ve been fortunate that the people I’ve met along my writing journey have been incredibly supportive, particularly those I have met through the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I was overjoyed to be included in this anthology,  and the fact that I was able to share it with two of my closest writing buddies, Rebecca and Teena, was the icing on top.


Rebecca Laffar-Smith, Sandi Parsons & Teena Raffa-Mulligan

writing-the-dream-coverWriting the Dream is available for purchase now:
You can Buy the print edition directly from Serenity Press
or Buy the eBook from the Amazon kindle store.

Book Week 2017. Australia! Story Country

Early in the week Irena Kobald shared the story behind her award-winning picture book “My Two Blankets” with the students in Years 2 – 4.

With Irena Kobald

With Irena Kobald

And on Friday, I ticked all the boxes for our Book Week Parade.

Will is small for his age but fast and quick-witted.

All his life he dreamed of becoming a great knight (Librarian / Book Warrior that’s close enough right? )
On theme, Australia! Story Country

And this year most of the students knew who I was dressed as.

Dressed as Will / Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

Dressed as Will / Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan


Given my dubious track record (2015 2014 2012) at Book Week Parade, the big question is will I be able to tick all the boxes next year?


Writing the Dream

As an emerging writer I’ve had been on the receiving end of several rejection letters. Getting them is always bittersweet, and always feels personal, even though I know it shouldn’t.


Penuts (c) Charles M. Schulz

Peanuts (c) Charles M. Schulz


But rejection letters make the following phrase all the sweeter.

“We are delighted to attach our offer of publication.”

That phrase was capped only by the excitement when the other contributors to the anthology were revealed.

Not only does this list feature several authors I admire, but it also includes some of my writing buddies. I couldn’t be more pleased to be part of such an amazing line-up.

Writing the Dream Anthology Contributors

Writing the Dream Anthology Contributors


Serenity Press have revealed this beautiful cover for the anthology, due for release in November 2016.


Writing the Dream cover

Writing the Dream cover