I have always admired those who can write compelling non-fiction. Since Smart Dummies is for both fiction and non-fiction picture books, it's great to have the perspective of someone who has worked in both fiction and non-fiction.
|Cover for Gilly’s Treasure|
While out fishing, Gilly the seagull finds a beautiful, shiny treasure. He loves it so much he can’t help searching for more…and more. Will he ever be satisfied with what he has?
|Ocean Animal Adaptations (Capstone Press, 2012)|
Thanks for inviting me to be a guest at Smart Dummies, Dani. I am not an illustrator, but I do use a very basic dummy that usually leads me to further revisions prior to submitting my manuscript to an editor. I always sort my draft texts onto 28 blank squares (i.e. pages), and then check for flow and story length.
Dani: How did your non-fiction books prepare you for writing this book?
Julie: Regardless of whether you are writing non-fiction or fiction, you need a strong story to hook the reader, written in a creative way to captures children’s interest. I love word play and fun devices such as alliteration and rhyme, and incorporating these things (and more) into some of my non-fiction books has been an important step along the road to finding my voice as a writer.
|Anglerfish, Cherry Lake, 2015|
|Coral Reefs Matter, ABDO, 2016|
Dani: What is your favorite seashell?
Julie: Funny you should ask that because I love collecting shells! Here’s a photo of my collection at home. If I had to pick just one shell though, I would love to find a “flawless nautilus shell” like the one Gilly found!
| I often return from my holidays with pretty shells and other found bits and pieces in my pockets.|
Everyone should know...how much we need nature. It relaxes us, keeps us healthy, and is even the source of food and many of our medicines. I think it is really important that children experience nature too; for their own wellbeing and to encourage an appreciation for the natural world that will hopefully lead to wanting to conserve it for the future.
|My daughter always enjoys visits to the beach.|
|Two of my favorite beach locations, |
showing some of their “moods”.
Dani: What's special about your work?
Julie: Hmm. I would like to think that my non-fiction work presents facts in creative and interesting ways; and that my fiction stories encourage readers to think about some aspect of our lives that we often take for granted.
|Julie’s “family portrait”.|
Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?
Julie: To be true to myself.
Julie’s web site – www.members.optusnet.com.au/~julieamurphy/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/juliekidsbook
Facebook page with book preview - www.facebook.com/GILLYSTREASURES
Gilly’s Treasures is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online stores, including Cedar Fort’s sales page Books & Things (which has free postage for most parts of the USA). www.booksandthings.com