Cristy Burne


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I have fabulous news!

I have fabulous news! And I’ve been buzzing all week because of it.

Fabulous news #1: FORESTS AND FILTH LICKERS is finished!!! Well, the first draft is with a Very Special Group of Reviewers (one is reading it as I type). So far the feedback has been good and there’s not too many fatal errors to fix. (Although I will probably AXE two entire chapters!!!!)

Fabulous news #2: I’m meeting with Sarah Foster from Walker Books at the Perth Writers Festival in late Feb. Walker Books will  be distributing TAKESHITA DEMONS in Australia. (I was too late to get involved in the festival as a presenter, but I’ll be attending every second of it that I can. Some amazing writers will be there! See you there!!!)

Fabulous news #3: I attended the book launch of a WA writing champion and friend Julia Lawrinson, met some terrific people, bought some great art from WA author/artist Matt Ottley,  grabbed a copy of Julia’s new book, and generally had a terrific time. It was great! I’m also attending the “2010 Night with the Stars” later next month (celebrating local authors published last year)(I’m down to be one of the “Stars” for the 2011 night next year)(woo hoo!).

Fabulous news #4: I’m not allowed to say!!! But it’s great!! Will let you know as soon as I’m allowed, I promise 🙂

What fabulous news! That’s really great and I’ve been buzzing all day
because of it. Thanks to you and the FL team for making it happen. If
I can help in any way (creating resources, sending images, doing
interviews) please let me know. I can work around the time difference
too (I once interviewed for a job at midnight ;-))

I’m meeting with Sarah from Walker Books at the Perth Writers Festival
in late Feb. I was too late to get involved in the festival as a
presenter, but I’ll be attending every second of it that I can. Some
amazing writers will be there! I’m also getting busy in the local
writing scene. Last week I presented (3 minutes!) to a meeting of
Youth Librarians about Takeshita Demons and my availability to do
workshops. And I’m attending the book launch of a WA writing veteren
and friend tomorrow night (without Fergus…how exciting!) and then a
“2010 Night with the Stars” later in the month (celebrating local
authors published last year)(I’m down to be one of the “Stars” for the
2011 night next year).

Can I blog about the Children’s Book Week thing or is it not yet public?


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First review is up!

The first review of Takeshita Demons is up on Amazon. It’s utterly terrifying to think that people who aren’t my mother or my editor or a select panel of competition judges are reading something I have written. For the first time my fiction is Out There and Public and Fair Game. Yikes.

I don’t know how celebrities do it. I would find it way too stressful to see myself in a zillion magazines and have to wear a disguise when leaving the house, and then have to wake up every morning and wonder: Did they spot me yesterday? What are they saying about me today?

Luckily, I’m not a celebrity and I’m not in any magazines (yet! ;-)). Even so, it’s scary. I know that not everyone will like what I’ve written and sometimes that will be because they don’t enjoy children’s books, period. Other times I guess it will be because they just don’t like what I’ve written. Yikes. I’m certainly feeling very vulnerable. Nevertheless, my plan is as follows:

I hope I survive this first book. I like calling myself a writer and I love creating characters and stories. Hopefully my skin is thick enough to breeze over any bad reviews and be boosted by good reviews (thanks bubblefish777).

Hopefully I can be bull-headed enough to Keep Calm and Carry On. And super-hopefully, kids will love reading Takeshita Demons and it will encourage even reluctant readers to get their nose into a good book!

Now, where did I leave my dark glasses and moustache?