Book People: Jackie Hosking

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Book People: Jackie Hosking

I absolutely loved reading Jackie’s ’10 Things’…and wholeheartedly agree that Winnie the Pooh is the epitome of kindness; that bear is wise. Jackie is the author of ‘The Croc and the Platypus‘, published by Walker Books and out NOW. It is my three year olds FAVOURITE book at the moment and fortunately the text is so lyrical and lovely to read aloud that I don’t mind that I am up to about 30 reads of it! I am also buying this book for my Belgian brother in law and their gorgeous daughter. Apart from gorgeous illustrations of the Australian outback, this book also has a glossary of Australian vernacular at the end…sure to be useful in so many ways!

You can read about the illustrative process behind ‘The Croc and the Platypushere.

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Thank you for joining us here today Jackie!


Ten Things You Need to Know About Jackie Hosking

1. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is called The Croc and the Platypus. It is an Aussie reimagining of Lear’s The Owl and the Pussy cat and is written in the same rhyme and meter.

2. How did you get started as a writer?

I’ve always written journals, diaries, poems but it didn’t occur to me to consider it as a career path until my youngest (now 13yrs) turned two. My local community house was offering a creative writing course so I signed up and haven’t looked back.

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

7am – get up

8am – drop master 13 at the bus stop

8.15 – 1pm – writing of some sort be it research for the e-zine I publish, working on a rhyming manuscript for a client (I run a rhyming ms editing service), working on my own work, it might be a poem or an article or picture book idea.

1.30pm – 3.30pm – weather permitting, take my staffy, Rex, for a nice long walk through the bush.

4pm – pick up master 13 from the bus stop.

4pm – onwards, domesticity, TV, knitting, reading, bed.

4. Can you describe your workspace for us?

A lot of my work, being a poet is done in my head while I walk in the bush or on the beach or wherever, that’s actually the title of a poem I’ve had published recently in The School Magazine  – Wherever. My computer is in an office that I share with my husband, he works for himself too. It could do with a good clean at the moment so I’ll not include any photos!

5. Any words of advice for young readers and writers?

Belong to a library. Grab armfuls of books. Read the first pages and borrow the book you can’t put down. If you are a writer, write. It doesn’t matter what you write about. I wrote before I knew I was a writer. It was my sister that pointed it out to me one day after I’d pulled out journal after journal to share a thought or two I’d had. You’re a writer, she said. And I got goosebumbs.

6. Do you have a favourite book or character?

Winnie the Pooh because he would never knowingly hurt anyone. He is the epitome of kindness.

7. If you were not a creator of books for young people what would you be?

A photographer of the Australian landscape. Nothing, in my mind, is more beautiful. I might also be a rescuer of kittens.

8. What is your favourite food to eat and/or your favourite music to listen to whilst you are working on your books?

Actually I tend to work with no distraction at all. I love the silence. I do enjoy copious cups of coffee though.

 9. How much of yourself or people you know is in your books?

Hmmm – as I’ve only had one picture book published about a crocodile and a platypus I would have to say, not much, although I do think of myself as being friendly, adventurous, musical and tolerant with a love of the outdoors so then again, maybe quite a lot.

10. If you could have one wish for the world what would it be?

That we could all get along, no matter how different we think we are. To replace fear with compassion.

Thank you Jackie!

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Aug 13 – Write and Read with Dale
Aug 14 – Children’s Books Daily
Aug 15 – Stories are light
Aug 16 – Kids’ book Book Review
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