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Australian children's author Zanni Louise chats to fellow children's book creators about process, getting published, and everything in-between. To sponsor an episode, visit the www.zannilouise.com

The Sunshine House Zanni Louise

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    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Australian children's author Zanni Louise chats to fellow children's book creators about process, getting published, and everything in-between. To sponsor an episode, visit the www.zannilouise.com

    2.32 Completely Normal with Biffy James

    2.32 Completely Normal with Biffy James

    Elizabeth ‘Biffy’ James has been an avid fan of Young Adult fiction ever since she picked up her first ‘Sweet Valley High’ book at the local second-hand bookshop. Now, over twenty years later, she has come to terms with the fact that if she hasn’t grown out of reading about teenagers experiencing the ups and downs of adolescence by now, she probably never will.
    Biffy holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from RMIT and her past experience working as a house mother at a local boarding school has provided her with a unique and authentic voice. She is dedicated to writing realistic and contemporary fiction that captures the heartbreaking and hilarious day-to-day life of the modern teenager.
    When she’s not glued to her thesaurus and reference books such as ’1001 Baby Names,’ Elizabeth spends her time freelancing in production and casting, and working as a copywriter and editor.

    Completely Normal (and Other Lies) is Biffy's debut novel. 



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    • 38 min
    2.31 Silver Linings with Katrina Nannestad

    2.31 Silver Linings with Katrina Nannestad

    Katrina Nannestad is an award-winning Australian author. Her books include the CBCA-shortlisted We Are Wolves, The Girl Who Brought Mischief, the Travelling Bookshop series, the Girl, the Dog and the Writer series, the Olive of Groves series, the Red Dirt Diaries series, the Lottie Perkins series, and the historical novels Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, Waiting for the Storks, and her latest book, Silver Linings.
    Katrina grew up in country New South Wales in a neighbourhood stuffed full of happy children. Her adult years have been spent raising boys, teaching, daydreaming and pursuing her love of stories. Katrina celebrates family, friendship and belonging in her writing. She also loves creating stories that bring joy or hope to other people's lives.
    Katrina now lives on a hillside in central Victoria with her husband, a silly whippet called Olive and a mob of kangaroos.


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    • 25 min
    2.30 Being Jimmy Baxter with Fiona Lloyd

    2.30 Being Jimmy Baxter with Fiona Lloyd

    Fiona Lloyd was born in the beautiful North-East of England near picturesque countryside, windswept beaches and the vibrant cultural city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She dreamed of writing in a cosy country cottage and of life as a theatre actress but, as it often does, life got in the way.
    Working and travelling instead, Fiona floated in the Dead Sea, climbed the Sydney Harbour bridge, gave guided tours in Holland and fell in love with all things Greek during her two years in Athens and Skiathos. Her most special travel experience was in Myanmar where she visited the place where her Granny was born.
    Amongst her myriad of interesting jobs, Fiona worked as a television colourist on Home & Away, This is Greece and Secrets of Britain’s Great Cathedrals. She has works in several anthologies for children, is a role model for Books in Homes, coach with the Harding Miller Education Foundation and Schools Program Coordinator for the Words on the Waves Writers Festival.
    Fiona loves storytelling in all forms, especially theatre, television and books. Now settled near Sydney with her husband and three children, she mostly travels in her head to marvellous, magical places.
    Being Jimmy Baxter is her debut middle-grade novel.



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    • 28 min
    2.29 Grief, Loss, and Little Stars with Rory H. Mather

    2.29 Grief, Loss, and Little Stars with Rory H. Mather

    Rory H. Mather is an extroverted rhyme loving picture book author…with a beard.
    For ten years he worked in public libraries and for three of those years he delivered kidlit programs such as Story Time and Baby Rhyme Time.
    He has a passion for funny picture books and reading and shares his passion with anyone who will listen.

    He also loves puns so watch out!

    His latest book, My Little Star, is out now.



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    • 26 min
    2.28 Free Libraries, Ghosts, & Mystery with Rebecca Stead

    2.28 Free Libraries, Ghosts, & Mystery with Rebecca Stead

    Rebecca Stead is a bestselling author of seven novels for young people: When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy, First Light, Goodbye Stranger, Bob (with Wendy Mass), The Lost Library (ditto) and The List of Things That Will Not Change.
    Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Fiction Award and Fiction Honor, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize; shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Waterstone’s Book Prize, Barnes & Noble Children’s Book Award, and Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazza; and named New York Times Notable Books for Children, NPR’s Books We Love, and a Time magazine Top Ten of the Year.
    She’s not a fast writer but has learned to embrace her process and urges you to do the same.


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    • 33 min
    2.27 Writing and Drawing with Sara Shepard

    2.27 Writing and Drawing with Sara Shepard

    Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, The Lying Game series, The Heiresses, The Elizas, The Perfectionists series, and Reputation. She is also the author of the Penny Draws series for middle grade readers.

    She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. 



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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Staying connected and inspired ,

Keeping connected and inspired!

I love hearing from brilliant creators on the Sunshine House podcast, and look forward to my regular dose of tips and tricks, and Kidlit news. It’s a brilliant way to keep connected and inspired.

A Laura Borealis ,

Please

Lovely podcast! But Zanni needs to stop saying ‘yeah’ on top of the speakers the whole way through, its hard to hear what they are saying

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A must!

One of my favourite podcasts! Every interview brings new learnings and a tonne of inspiration. Keep them coming please Zanni!

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