Hello and welcome to the Greenleaf Press Newsletter.
Today, we feature an interview with Elli Housden, author and member of the Ten Penners. The Ten Penners are set to release a new anthology in November this year. From the authors of "Shock! Horror! Gasp!" and "Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales", "Mystery, Mayhem & Magic" is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners ... Come and explore!
Elli Housden writes stories for children and YA readers. In her other life, she is an English teacher who is passionate about initiating kids into the world of books and writing. Elli has written and edited three other anthologies of short stories for teenagers, published by Cengage Nelson, as well as some English textbooks for Australian schools. One day soon, she will unleash her YA trilogy, set on the Gold Coast, onto her unsuspecting readers.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Elli.
When did you start writing?
I wrote a story as a small child, about a haunted house, based on Victoria House in Victoria Street, Woody Point. Then I was hooked.
What and when were you first published?
In 2007, I volunteered to help two Maths teachers produce an anthology of short stories for secondary students for an educational publisher. We each contributed a story of our own to the anthology and selected some others, and then I wrote the activities.
Did you use an agent or go directly to a publisher?
Does your publisher deal only with non-fiction or do they also publish fiction?
Cengage Nelson, my publisher, publishes textbooks and other educational texts in Australia and worldwide.
Can you tell me the names of the books you've written and whether they are fiction or non-fiction?
A Stack of Stories, Five Senses and Step into Stories were anthologies of stories for secondary school students. Plus, two textbooks for Senior English: Senior Text Types, writing and Responding. I'm currently working on a new textbook for Queensland students to be published next year.
Can you briefly explain your approach to writing non-fiction as opposed to fiction? How do you plan your books?
Writing an English textbook is about finding most interesting and entertaining literature to use as examples to teach students about good writing and how to analyse and model on it. I also like to add my own model essays and creative pieces into the mix.
Do you draw your characters from your experiences as a teacher?
Yes. I've spent two decades teaching in a boys' school and they provide a lot of humorous situations to work with. I've got the draft of a YA novel in the cupboard, waiting to be finished and polished. But there are no guarantees of publication. It's a tough road, even though YA is apparently selling well.
Who are your favourite authors?
I read some YA but mostly for research purposes. I used to review YA novels for The Courier-Mail and that kept me up to date. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is a brilliant read about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. I don't have favourite authors, only favourite books like Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, about a woman with dementia. It's a debut novel by a 29-year-old and I was impressed. And envious!
What is your next project, or, the project/s you are currently working on?
I'm currently working on a new textbook for Queensland students to be published next year.
Thanks for spending time with us today, Elli. We wish you the very best of luck with the launch of your new anthology Mystery, Mayhem and Magic! in November.
Find out more about Elli and The Ten Penners at www.thetenpenners.wordpress.com.
You can follow the Mystery, Mayhem and Magic! Blog Tour at the following stops:
15/10/17 Sunday -Marion Martineer - https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com/
Dimity Powell - author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/
content Marion Martineer
16/10/17 Monday- Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com
Content about The Ten Penners
Elaine Ousten - author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/
content Lindy Standage
17/10/17 Tuesday - Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/
Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au/
Content – Jill Smith
18/10/17 Wednesday- Kate Russell - https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com./
Teena-Rafa Mulligan - In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com
Content Kate Russell
19/10/17 Thursday - Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com/
Gretchen-Bernet Ward – Thoughts Become Words Blog https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/ Content – Julie Baythorpe
20/10/17 Friday – Robin Adolphs www.robinadolphs.com/
content Louisa Wright
Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com
content Sharron Alexiou
21/10/17 Saturday - GCW book launch announcement
The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/
23/10/17 Monday - Aleesah Darlison - author of Fox and Moonbeam-
Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/ Content interview Elli Housden
There will be a giveaway copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! For anyone who comments on the Ten Penners blog, today or during the whole blog tour period.
So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!