Cristy Burne

Ask me anything

cropped-cristy-burne-sunglasses.jpgAsk me anything about my books, writing, life as an author and more…

Do you have a question you’re burning to have answered?

Send your questions via “Contact me” or in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them here on this page.


From Ben, Charles, Josie, Lara and Shiya (who have just read Off The Track): Have you ever walked the Bibbulmun Track?

From Cristy: Yes…and no. I’ve walked some sections of the Bibbulmun Track, but the whole track would take about six weeks of non-stop walking to complete, and I’m nowhere near having completed it. One day I’d love to take a six-week holiday and fill my pack with food and water and warm clothes and head out on an adventure! I love hiking on the Bibb…it always makes me feel relaxed and peaceful and CREATIVE!

From Claire: How did you find out about snottygobbles?

From Cristy: How cool are snottygobbles?!?!? I love them! I first learned about snottygobbles when I was walking along a stretch of the Bibbulmun Track and saw this bright lime green tree that seemed unlike all the other trees around it. My sister (children’s author HM Waugh) has spent a lot of time studying native plants and she knew what it was straight away. We sat under that first snottygobble to have a break from hiking and eat some chocolate. I loved them from that moment on!

From Willow: Was there another job you wanted to do before you became a writer?

From Cristy: Yes! I always loved books and stories, but when I was a kid, before I dreamed of being a writer, I wanted to be 1) a kindy teacher and then 2) a book shop owner. I thought being a kindy teacher would be FUN, because little kids are so funny, and I thought being a bookshop owner would be AWESOME because I’d get to read all the latest books. Now, as a children’s writer, I get to hang out with kids AND read books. Heloo!?!? #perfectjob   Thanks for your question, Willow!!

From Sophie: How do I make my stories flow so they are understandable?

From Cristy: Wow. That is a super-tricky question!

I think the answer lies in a study of all the stories that have ever been told since the beginning of time. Because every time we sit down to tell a story, we get a little bit better at telling it. So over hundreds and thousands of years, we’ve evolved a story structure that seems to work best for our human way of thinking. If we stick to these ‘rules’ of structuring a story, the story seems to flow in an understandable way.

These rules are the same rules that your teachers teach you at school:

– Begin a story with a problem for your character
– Have your character try to solve the problem
– Complicate the problem until it’s so bad it seems impossible
– Then have your character solve the problem in a satisfying way…YAY!

If you stick to these rules, Sophie, your stories will begin to flow in an understandable way….(but you can also break the rules sometimes too, if you want :-))
I hope that helps…let me know what you think and if it helps you in your story writing journey 🙂

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