Debbie Kahl – YA & Children's Fiction Writer

{August 12, 2011}   Change of direction …

So I’ve decided to change direction. For some reason – whether that be head space, life at present or a change in interests – I’m really enjoying writing women’s (chick-lit) flash fictions at the moment. So much so, that I’m currently plotting out an e-book anthology about my travel adventures, which I hope to get out there in the market soon. My only problem? – Which parts to embellish and which parts to ‘fictionalize’? It’s just a shame you’ll never know which parts are true and which are courtesy of my imagination because seriously, I couldn’t make some of this stuff up! Good thing I’ve changed the names to protect the guilty. 🙂


Pop by and check out my interview with MGB at We Love YA  on his new book Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel

A number of years ago I was lucky enough to find the Ishmael series through my day job. Even better, I have also been fortunate to meet the author, Michael Gerard Bauer, and have crossed paths with him frequently since that time. MGB is a talented YA writer who is also very supportive to those of us who are trying to break in to the field.

Today I review his new novel, Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel which is the finale to the three part Ishamel series. Drop by WLYA and have a look. 🙂

{June 30, 2011}   Wildlife Fun 4 Kids …

My friend Penny launches her new website today – Wildlife Fun 4 Kids.

Penny is a wildlife officer, a trained early childhood teacher and a mother of three beautiful girls. She is passionate about wildlife and education and is, in my humble opinion, the best person to ask for any information on wildlife. Her website promises to be lots of  fun for kids and adults alike.

For a new take on wildlife education pop by and visit 🙂

{June 18, 2011}   The Fun of Flash Fiction …

I’ve recently discovered the fun of writing flash fiction and I’m loving it! Plotting out novels, keeping track of characters and their eccentricities, and deliberating story directions is just too much for me at this crazy time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still passionate about novel writing but truthfully, I just don’t have the time for it right now.

And with flash, I can write a short and quirky story in an hour, or so, and there’s no pressure because I’m not doing anything with them – yet. I’m just writing for the sheer joy of it and the challenge.

This is why I’m such a strong advocate for writer’s groups, they keep you motivated! Every meeting, we’re given a topic (sometimes its generic for the group, other times it’s chosen for us) and we have to write a flash piece based on that. Of course; we’re allowed to choose the viewpoint, the genre, and develop the character however we like but it’s always a challenge – to create something from nothing. But I love it and relish each and every flash piece I get to write. Even if all my writing, including the serious stuff, turns out to be funny – especially when I don’t mean it to. It’s so therapeutic to just ‘dump’ all my feelings and emotions onto paper and not have to spend hours rearranging the plot to fit them all in somehow.

And the weirdest part about this whole flash experiment? I’ve never been a short story person, so this is all new and exciting for me. Now, if I could just find some flash competitions that fit my stories, I’ll be set! 🙂

Happy writing everyone! I’m off to think up some topics for a new flash piece. 🙂

Make sure you pop by WLYA to see my interview with Cath Crowley on her award winning novel Graffiti Moon.

{June 5, 2011}   The Book Cover Cafe …

My good friend Ant Puttee – who you may have seen as part of my Dream Raider posts – has recently started his new business, helping emerging authors with their writer’s platform.

The Book Cover Cafe is a one stop shop for everything an aspiring author needs to know.

At The Book Cover Cafe you’ll find; free articles, info, videos and advice, book cover design services, author & book marketing services, marketing and author consulting and premium author websites.

Visit for actionable advice and services to get your author platform edge! 🙂

Don’t forget to get your free e-book on 3 things every writer should know when you visit …

{May 31, 2011}   Trent’s Book Corner …

I had the pleasure of meeting Trent Jamieson a couple of years ago when I attended one of his workshops. Since then our paths have crossed more times than I can remember and he is always very supportive of me (and other writers he meets) and their writing journeys. Oh, and he is quite the expert on teaching writing to those of us who are still trying to crack into the market, especially through his Book Corner YouTube segments.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out Trent’s Book Corner on YouTube, head over there right now. I’ll even help you out by giving you the link. 😉

{May 23, 2011}   Gotta love MGB!

Make sure you drop by and visit Michael Gerard Bauer’s blog, for sheer entertainment value. His most recent blog on 20 invaluable lessons since becoming a writer is particularly entertaining! 🙂

{May 21, 2011}   Aurealis Awards …

So, it’s that time of year and the Aurealis Awards have just wrapped up. The AA awards are for speculative fiction writers in Australia and for a long time were held here in Brisbane. From a Brisbane writer’s point of view, it’s a shame that they’ve headed down south to Sydney as it was definitely one of the staples on the Brisbane literary calendar. Still, although I was unable to be there this year, congratulations must go to all the winners. From experience, I’m sure a wonderful night was had by all.

A special mention goes to Marianne de Pierres for Transformation Space, best Science Fiction novel. Yay, Marianne!

If you’d like to get to know Marianne better, don’t forget to check out my interview with her at on her YA novel Burn Bright.

For more information on the Aurealis Awards visit:

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