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Julie Gittus

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Julie lives on a tidal inlet on Westernport Bay in Victoria, Australia. Her stories have been broadcast on radio and included in Australian anthologies and journals. She's worked as an early literacy consultant, a Read Aloud facilitator, as well as lots of other roles, most of which involved a love of books.

Her new young adult novel Messages For Sun is an expanded edition of Saltwater Moons published by Hachette Livre in 2008 and no longer in print. Copyright restrictions required the replacement of the original poems, leading to a re-write and the addition of an extra chapter at the end. Julie hopes the added elements will come close to satisfying the readers who were keen for Saltwater Moons to continue.

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Julie Gittus Hi Melissa, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the read. I'm working on two projects at the moment - I'm finalising a very short story collection titled: Over…moreHi Melissa, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the read. I'm working on two projects at the moment - I'm finalising a very short story collection titled: Over The Waterfall. Each of the stories centres around girls experiencing turning points in their lives. I've also got a novel I'm working on that I'm hoping will be a real book by mid next year. Thanks for messaging me. (less)
Julie Gittus I make the time to write without changing anything. That's the key for me. Writing forwards without re-reading what's been written. That can be…moreI make the time to write without changing anything. That's the key for me. Writing forwards without re-reading what's been written. That can be difficult on the computer, so I tend to write my way out of a block with a pen and paper. Never straight into a notebook though. When I'm feeling like I can't come close to articulating whatever it is that needs to be said, I always want to tear the pages out after I've written on them. Is this sounding crazy? It actually feels a little bit crazy writing all this down, the way I have learnt to trick myself. So it goes like this. I have these rolls of paper I bought in Japan. They weren't expensive and the paper has a lovely semi-transparent texture. I tear off a piece and then write on that torn bit of paper with a very fine felt tip pen. And then once I start I tend to want to tear off more pieces. During this time I write whatever comes up. That's one of the important principles I learnt from Barbara Turner-Vesselago at her Freefall writing workshops. Write what comes up. When I've finished, I place them inside the covers of my hand-made notebook. I don't read what I've written for at least a few days. That's when I paste the bits of paper into my notebook. There has only ever been one time that I have discarded what I wrote. I've got to love my notebooks. I consider them the keys to my stories. (less)
Average rating: 3.58 · 168 ratings · 44 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
Saltwater Moons

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I'm so excited about the just-released book trailer for Messages For Sun. It's produced by Jonathon Gittus. His short films have won major awards as well as being screened at international festivals. (OK, so I am his Mum but everything I've said is true!)

As an author it's the most amazing feeling seeing the essence of two of my characters being captured on screen, even if it is just for a tiny... Read more of this blog post »
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Saltwater Moons by Julie Gittus
"An enchanting read beautifully written - vividly evokes the rite-of-passage years. Highly reccommended for young and not so young readers.
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"I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I got this book out from the library just for something quick to read and wasn't really expecting too much to be honest but as the book progressed I started to get attached and couldn't..." Read more of this review »
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"I read this book when it first came out – it's one of my favourite ever young adult novels. So sensitive, beautiful and real!"
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"Unexpected and so lovely and lingering."
" Hello Jelena, It's Julie Gittus here, the author of Saltwater Moons. It's taken me three and a half years to get back to you - can you believe that? I ...more "
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I'm grateful to all the readers who contacted me about Saltwater Moons including those of you trying to find a copy when it was no longer in print. Your messages inspired me to immerse myself in Sun's world again, which led to the publication of the ...more
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“People say that it's the big decisions that are important... that these are the type of issues worthy of prolonged consideration. But no one ever explains how it's the little choices that send your life careening in another direction.”
Julie Gittus, Saltwater Moons

“But I don't believe coincidences are chance events. I think they're the times we happen to see the mysterious pattern connecting everything.”
Julie Gittus, Saltwater Moons

“But no one ever explains how it's the little choices that send your life careening in another direction, like deciding to send a poem in the mail or saying yest to a walk on a moonless night.”
Julie Gittus, Saltwater Moons

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