Debbie Kahl – YA & Children's Fiction Writer

{September 30, 2010}   Guest Blog

Hey everyone, my first guest blog is up at …. Come & have a look. 🙂


{September 28, 2010}   We love YA

So, the holidays are almost over and sadly, I’ve barely even scratched the surface of what I’d planned to write… I have been working on my hide & seek pic book text but I haven’t gone anywhere near my JBK manuscript – which was my main goal these holidays. Still, I’m in no hurry to finish it and have no impending deadlines for it (which is probably the main problem) and truthfully, spending time with my niece and nephews is also a big priority in my life. This is exactly what I’ve been doing because, in my opinion, there’s no point writing when you don’t feel like it. Besides, hanging out with them is good research for all the genres I focus on. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! Lucky for me, today is promising to be a lazy, rainy day and I may just be able to squeeze some writing time in. 😀

On a different topic, I’ve been invited to be a guest blogger on the We love YA site, which I’m very excited about. I’m still contemplating what my first blog will be, but keep checking at . This is a great site about what’s happening in Young Adult fiction and anyone with an interest in this genre should be checking it out regularly.

Til next week! (or until I see you over at – whichever is the sooner!) 🙂 xx

{September 19, 2010}   Hooray for holidays!!!

Hello everyone & welcome to my weekly wrap-up. And what a week it’s been… Firstly, the twitter thing seems to be going well & there’s so much information out there about writing, competitions, publishers, other authors etc. If you’re a writer and don’t have twitter but you’re trying to build your mandatory ‘writer’s platform’, why are you not on it? Stop reading this and go and set up an account, this will still be here later (just make sure you come back!).

This week I also attended two amazing book events, both of which were great fun. One was Michael Gerard Bauer’s launch of Just a Dog on Wednesday night & it was lovely to catch up with Michael & other Brisbane writers. A truly great launch at Black Cat Books in Paddington (go and visit this book shop, absolutely amazing!) and a fabulous night out. Make sure you buy yourself a copy of Just a Dog. Like everything MGB writes, this is another winner for young readers – and those of us who are not so young but enjoy good books anyway. 😀

I also attended Cathy Kelly’s book talk at the Irish Club on Friday night and was, once again, truly inspired by this lovely lady. This is the second time I’ve attended a Cathy Kelly book talk (I went last year when she was in Brisbane) and she was just as fabulous on Friday as she was last time. I so love listening to her talk about her writing process, how she develops a story and where she gets her ideas for her characters. It’s actually quite reassuring to hear that famous writers employ the same procrastination and avoidance techniques  as the rest of us, as well as have doubt in what they’re writing. There’s hope for me yet!

On a sad note, I’m devastated to hear of the tragic passing of the beautiful Zoe Barnes, chick-lit extraordinaire! Although it has been almost 12 months, I have only just found this information as Zoe Barnes was her pen name. I emailed her on a couple of occasions as a fan and found her to be a very kind, helpful and positive individual who encouraged me to follow my writing dreams. If we can take one thing from this horrible incident, it is that we must be strong individuals who believe in ourselves & not rely on others for our happiness. No man is worth your life, regardless of who they are, and you will be missed by your fans Zoe. xx

Finally, as the holidays have crept up & work stress has slowed down, I’m discovering that my creativity is returning. Not only am I still accumulating precious information for my BB sequel through all the school musical rehearsals I’ve attended, I’ve also got a new idea for a YA novel – which will finally utilise my knowledge of Japan – & a new kids pic book idea. All in time for the holidays!! I’m looking forward to some quiet time so I can finish JBK draft, rework hide & seek pic book at publisher request & develop these three ideas further. Oh, and I’m enrolling in a 12 mth proofreading & editing course & considering a MA course in Creative Youth Writing for the future. So yes, hooray for holidays!! I need some time to catch up with everything!

Have a great writing week everyone, til next time. x

{September 11, 2010}   Tweet tweet! :)

Okay everyone, I’ve finally joined this mad world called Twitter… Apparently this is a good thing for my writing career.. I’m still new at it and have no idea what I’m doing, but come and follow me at . Any advice is welcome!

Have finally finished all my marking and report cards, so I think I may actually be able to squeeze in some writing today. Then tomorrow I’m off to musical rehearsals (yes I know it is a Sunday and yes I know I’m crazy!). There is a method to my madness however, aside from assisting in putting together our wonderful school production of The Wiz, I’m also furiously gathering information for my sequel to BB. More details to come on that one in the hopefully not too distant future.

Have a great writing week everyone! xx

{September 4, 2010}   CYA Conference Congratulations….

Well, the CYA conference is over for another year and I can clearly sum it up in one word – AWESOME!!!! My editor pitch went well re: my children’s picture book. Sure, I have a few things to change and work on but the editor has requested that I resend it to her when I’m done, and that is as positive as you can get for an emerging writer. Now I just have to allocate some time to do this rewrite as soon as I can and get it back out there. Which would be easy, if I wasn’t contending with full time work and a crazy social life that’s threatening to consume my life…. Still, I work so much better under pressure! 🙂

In another positive and amazing moment, I’m off to volunteer at CYA Hatchlings tomorrow and I’m so excited… It’s such an honour to be asked, especially when I get to hang out with wonderful people like Ally Howard and Tina Clark. And it will be so fabulous to watch well known & respected authors workshop with their target audience. The same target audience that I write for and intend to work with in the near future. What an amazing opportunity and learning experience for me! I’m a very, very  lucky girl! Such positive things coming my way… Now I just have to finish the products and start getting them out there, so I can validate everyone else’s faith in me!

Have a wonderful week everyone. I hope beautiful and positive things come your way! xx

{September 1, 2010}   And then there is hope…..

Completely random & amazing comment from a student today…

After missing out on attending Word Play with the school kids today, one of my beautiful students (who shall remain nameless for privacy purposes but has been my rock by reading and advising on my YA stuff), came back this afternoon and told me all about how fabulous it was.

She particularly loved Rebecca Sparrow’s session but then blew me away when she told me that the whole time she sat there and watched Rebecca speak with such enthusiasm and animation,  she could totally see me up there doing the same thing. In fact, to quote – ‘You could do that Miss, you’d be brilliant. And you will too, because your stuff is so good!’ So yeah, I’m a little chuffed right now. And one day, soonish (I hope), I won’t have to beg for a spot on a school excursion to go to Word Play but rather I’ll be there myself presenting.

It’s so good to have dreams… And then (of course) there is hope! …..

CYA on Saturday- the week can only get better!!! 😀

et cetera