Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I've had a busy year, illustrating and writing, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished books early next year. First one to hit the stores will be a book I illustrated for Black Dog Books, written by Gabrielle Wang. It's called The Race For The Chinese Zodiac and we are looking at launching it in February 2010.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Storytime sessions with Andrew Daddo, Anna Pignataro, Anna Walker,
Tony Wilson, Sally Rippin, Martine Murray & Dan Jerris
Talk and reading by multiple CBCA award winner Glenda Millard
YA fantasy panel with Michael Pryor, Jen Storer and Lili Wilkinson
PLUS book signings, generous giveaways, free Go-Go Class, competitions, craft activities,
and a special appearance by SANTA!!!
Cost: Author Sessions: $10 adult full day, $5 child full day, children under 2 FREE.
$5 young adult fantasy panel. Plenty of free activities too!
Saturday 21st November
10am – 5pm
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
"I can tell you as an Asian that Sally Rippin nailed 1980s China/Asia. There was a point while reading the novel when I wanted to cry because I was so happy that although Sally is a wai guo ren, she captured 1980s China/Asia so honestly (both the good and the bad) but without being patronizing.
I want to read this novel all over again. I read the North American edition and I think I will be receiving the Australian edition in the mail soon. Sally says the Australian edition is different, so I want to read it." - Tarie
I loved going on tour with you through your site. I am one of the many groupies of your book Chenxi and the Foreigner, and I loved how you took us on a journey to the book's very inception, Shanghai, 1980s, complete with pictures from your dad! What I loved most about your book was its ability to capture the heady delirious excitement of first love, and its rather sexy and complex ASIAN male protagonist. Most love interests in young adult popular fiction (as opposed to young adult literature, which is what your book is) are focused on portraying white middle-class boys that look like Ashton Krutcher with blonde hair. You portray another culture with great sensitivity and kindness. Thank you for a brilliant book!" - Alice
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here are a few photos of Shenyang, a small rural village in central China just outside of Xian - the city known for its Terracotta Warriors (or as my son used to call them, the Terracotta Worriers - what are they worrying about, Mummy?)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Day Two of my blog tour and here are a couple more photos from my time in Shanghai. This is the marketplace where much of the novel takes place. Anna rides through this marketplace each day to get to the Art Academy and at first is horrified by all the blood and gore and filth of the meat section. Like many sheltered Westerners, she is only used to seeing her meat under plastic, or preferably already cooked. Her father continues to eat this way, in fancy Western restaurants, where the meat is imported and the wine is from home. As far as he is concerned, if he can transport his comfortable life intact without having to deal too much with the locals, well, that suits him fine.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Well, it's Day One of my 'blog tour' (see below) - at least in the US - which makes it all a little confusing, but keeps me on my toes! Anyway, I have turned up for work, so I guess that's the main thing, isn't it?
Monday, August 31, 2009
My good friend, Rachel Power, commented on the gorgeous new Annick Press cover (see below) and this has given me the idea of starting off this blog tour by saying a few words about it. I was so thrilled when I received the image via email - I knew instantly that the designer had absolutely understood the book as he had summed up the main theme so brilliantly in a single image. The three Chinese characters tattooed on the back of the girl's neck are 'Wai Guo Ren' - or 'foreigner', in Chinese. In the beginning of my novel, my protagonist, Anna, believes she is fitting in so well at the Art Academy in Shanghai; she has made friends, she has impressed her fellow Art students with her painting, she convinces herself that she understands the locals so much more than her distant and aloof expatriate father does. Yet it is only later in the book that she realises that no matter how hard she tries, no matter how long she stays, she will never be accepted into this new country that is so different to anything she has ever known. She will always be branded a foreigner - even if she can't see this for herself. That vulnerability of being tattooed with this label, on the back of her neck, where everyone can see it except for her, mirrors for me so well the vulnerability of being in a foreign place and, even worse, the danger of falling in love with a total stranger.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Children’s and young adult author Sally Rippin is heading off on a blog tour to promote her book Chenxi and the Foreigner. She’ll be appearing in the following blogs over the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, so follow along for fun interviews, reviews, giveaways, book chats, and more! Also, be sure to check out Sally Rippin’s blog throughout the tour, as she’ll be posting updates and sharing pictures from her time in China (1989–1992) that inspired Chenxi and the Foreigner!
Monday, August 31: Tea Time at Annick Press
Tuesday, September 1: The Book Muncher
Wednesday, September 2: Cindy’s Love Of Books
Thursday, September 3: Green Bean Teen Queen
Friday, September 4: Hey! Teenager of the Year
Saturday, September 5: Into the Wardrobe
Note: the tour dates are based on North American time zones; if you’re following along from Australia (like Sally!), you can either stay up really late or just wait until the next morning!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hello. Thanks to my good friend and inspirational blogger Rachel Power, I am finally joining the blog world. I'm not expecting to be a regular user (who knows?) but hope to use this site to chat about new books I'm working on, or books that have just been released.
This picture is from one of my latest books that I illustrated for Martine Murray, which will be released in September. More on this to come.
I'd love to hear from anyone who happens to stumble across my blog (particularly any of my readers - books, that is!), so I can see if maintaining one of these things is really worthwhile.
I'd also like to use this blog to draw attention to other great blogs and websites I come across so don't forget to click on the links.
Well, that wasn't really too painful...