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Melinda Szymanik

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My latest book is a sophisticated picture book 'The Song of Kauri' (Scholastic, 2014). My middle grade historical novel 'A Winter's Day in 1939' (Scholastic, 2013) was published last year as was my picture book 'While You Are Sleeping' (Duck Creek Press, 2013). I write for young adults, children of all ages and have published novels, picture books and have short stories in anthologies and educational publications. My 2008 picture book The Were-Nana was voted Children's Choice at the 2009 NZ Post Children's Book Awards.

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Melinda Szymanik As I have few illustrative skills I have always worked with an illustrator on my picture books, although most of the time we have worked independently…moreAs I have few illustrative skills I have always worked with an illustrator on my picture books, although most of the time we have worked independently on the project and only discussed the book after it has been published, so I suppose it's a distant kind of collaboration. It's always exciting to see how the illustrator interprets the text without any interference from me. I guess there is a risk in saying nothing, but there is risk too in saying something - once you've planted an image in an illustrator's head they would be influenced by it for better or for worse. With longer works, like novels, I have always worked alone and prefer it this way. I am happier being 100% responsible for the work I submit to the publisher. The editor always has a say though, so any novel is a collaboration of sorts between writer and editor. At this stage I cannot imagine working collaboratively with another writer but you never know what the future might bring. For the right project I might give it a go :-)(less)
Melinda Szymanik there were many wonderful books that I read and loved as a child. Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen; Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the…morethere were many wonderful books that I read and loved as a child. Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen; Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris, The Outsiders by SE Hinton, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin stand out in my mind, but there were others. I read voraciously so the list is long. I would recommend all of these.(less)
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A Winter's Day in 1939

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The Half Life of Ryan Davis

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It is less than a month to go until my new picture book is released. I am simultaneously excited and terrified. I hope y'all love it as much as I do. I am having a little soiree with illustrious illustrator Donovan Bixley to launch Fuzzy Doodle 3pm on June 12th at Timeout Bookstore in Mt Eden and I would love you all to come! And don't worry - I will remind you all closer to the time. I think... Read more of this blog post »
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Melinda Szymanik Dear Lucinda

wow, I am so pleased you enjoyed The Half Life of Ryan Davis. I am writing new stories all the time and will keep my Goodreads profile updated to reflect what I have coming out in the future. If you ever have any questions about me or my books just ask :)

best wishes
Melinda


Lucinda Dear Melinda,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on GoodReads. Your novel 'The half life of Ryan Davis was fantastic, and i concider myself extremely fortunate to have had the oportunity of reading it. I very much look forward to reading more of your work in the future.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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