Next year, 2022, I'm embarking on something new. But it's still writing related. I've been offered a PhD candidature with Deakin University to research spirituality in young adult (YA) fiction. I've also been offered a Fellowship with Anglican Deaconess Ministries to work on a series of short fictions for YA readers exploring themes of spiritual questioning. I'm feeling rather daunted by these amazing opportunities but am also giving thanks to God for them.
I'm still not entirely sure what next year will look like. We'll have to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Find the Animal books for sure! But it will be interesting to see how the Fellowship and research impacts my writing life. If you would like me to come an speak to your school or church group, please get in touch. I will be available for visits, especially as they pertain to my YA work, but my time will be more limited than in previous years so best to get in early.
I'm also going to step back next year from some of the services I offer fellow writers. I've updated my Resources For Writers page with some links for alternative editors and opportunities for support.
If you or your children have been impacted by my books over the last 20 years, I'd love to hear about it! Please drop me an email and let me know. I'm looking forward to continuing to write for children and YA in 2022 and beyond.
The Penny Drops
In high school I used to write what I'd call 'thinks' - little bits of writing about whatever topic or issue I was mulling over at the time. I still write these little pieces.
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