Here is somerset celebration of literaturepart four of my notes taken at Somerset 2015, hope you enjoy the inspiration.

James Moloney 12.45pm to 1.30pm Grades 7-9

james moloney

James Moloney has been writing for young people for more than 20 years. Once a teacher and a librarian, his books have made him one of Australia’s most respected authors.

James began by saying he has 47 books published in a wide range of styles. He began with 68 Teeth 68teeth James Moloneyan Aussie Bite book. Quickly assessing his audience he felt that was a bit young to say more about.

He went on to explain the different genres he writes in.

Adventure – History gave him the idea for 1844 Do you dare, about Brisbane in the very early days, wild horses would race down Queen Street, and this book is about the last race.

book of lies james moloneyFantasy – lighthearted books – He talked about Book of Lies a Young Adults book exploring what it would be like for a book that could read peoples thoughts and detect if they were lying, and record them.This was when the book was nearly full and it became it’s own version of the truth and manipulated what was happening. The original book created by the wizard was to encourage a peaceful and just world, when the book became full it changed the magic.

The topics can be full on as in Kill the Possum. Two year 10 or 11 boys were planning a murder. When is it ok to kill? Being the question posed. kill the possum james moloney

James explained that he often tries to get into characters that are very different to himself as a challenge, examples being Aboriginal Dougie, or the main character in Silvermay as a female.

He said writers are observers. They need to tease the reader to show whats going on, to trick the reader trying to second guess them.

His writing tips throughout the talk

1  Think like a writer

2  Always read

3  Make the story work – have a hero or heroine save the day

4  Write what you know

5  Are your characters real – did you base characters on someone you know?James Moloney bio pic Jim navy shirt 2

6  Show don’t Tell

7  Planing is essential, chapters, characters, especially to know the end

Again, at the end of his talk James answered questions by the audience and the questions were cleaver and insightful.


About jillswrites

I am a writer of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world'. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. Several of my short stories appear in a collaborative book for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales written in conjunction with my fellow members of The Ten Penners, this was a follow-up book to 'Shock, Horror, Gasp'. Fan-tas-tic-al Tales was released in 2009, now available in hard copy and on Amazon. We are currently in the completing our next adventure based anthology called 'Mystery, Mayhem & Magic' scheduled for release later in 2017. As a member of BookCoasters the Gold Coast Library blog, complementing my own blog, I enjoy blog being able to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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2 Responses to NOTES FROM SOMERSET 2015 – PART 4

  1. Nice set of summaries.

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