Tips For Young Writers

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  1. I LOVE YOUR BOOK KATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from your big fan from australia!!! ;)

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  2. I finally found The Singer of All Songs again! It got me into YA fiction when I was 12 or so. =) I now write YA fiction myself and am sending out to publishers. For the fifth time, haha. It made me so excited to find it. I get to read it again! =) =)

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  3. I love your books in the chanters of tremaris series but I really wish I could find the last one. :(

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  4. Thanks for the message, Kira, so exciting that you're a writer now too (though it doesn't seem that long ago to me that Singer came out!) Good luck!

    Are you looking for The Taste of Lightning, Anon? It is available on e-book now, if that helps. If you're in Australia, you can still order it in a bookshop.

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  5. hi kate i'm from QLD in australia and i saw you at voices at USC I got some great tips from you! Thanks!

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  6. my friend recently got your book New Gueinia Moon and I have been bugging her and bugging her to let me read it. It looks so good!

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  7. Hi there, lovely to hear from you! I had a great time at Voices and met so many gorgeous readers. I hope I get invited back next year :-)

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  9. Samera KamaleddineOctober 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Hi Kate, I just stumbled on your blog via the Allen & Unwin site and am stoked to have found a gem in The Guardian Books: Children and Teenagers site! Had no idea this existed! Thanks for sharing this link with other writers :)

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  10. Is there only three books in the trilogy

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  11. Hi Nicole,
    Thanks for your question. There are three books in the Chanter sof Tremaris trilogy; however, there is a fourth book, The Taste of Lightning, which is not exactly a sequel, but does take place in the same world, 20 years after the end of the Tenth Power, and with (mostly!) new characters. I am currently working on a fifth Tremaris book, which features Calwyn's daughter. Hope that's helpful!
    Kate

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  12. Hi!! I'm so excited that you're finally going to continue their adventures because the Tremaris series is some of the best books I have ever read. I think that your books are beautifully written and I have read and re-read them countless times. Thx for everything Kate for you inspired me to pursue writing and while doing that I also read plenty of books so many in fact that my friends secretly call me a bookworm.
    Best Wishes, a great fan, Amber

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  13. Thank you Amber for your kind comments, that means a lot to me. Bookworms of the world unite! Hopefully I'll see your books on a bookshelf some day :)

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  14. Oh wow, The Chanters of Tremaris series is so beautiful. All of them are gorgeous, I cant wait to meet Calwyn's daughter<3 I really want to be a writer someday, you are very inspiring:) I swear, your books are my favourites, right up there with Harry Potter, Narnia, and the Redwall series<3 KEEP WRITING love Margeaux<3 :)

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  15. Totally brilliant that your Aussie to!!!
    Margeaux<3

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  16. Hi Margeaux, thanks for your lovely comment! I'm very flattered to be compared to Harry Potter and Narnia (they were my favourites too, as you may have realised!) Calwyn's daughter is coming along slowly but surely, I hope you can meet her before too long :) Best of luck with your writing, too!
    Cheers and thanks again, Kate

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  17. Hi Kate! I really love your books, The Chanters of Tremaris series! I am so looking forward to another book! The sad thing is that I can't really find your books in stores, but I will keep looking because I really want to have them! Thanks so much for writing them!

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    1. Dear Lena Kubat,
      I found the Chanters of Tremaris books online. Try that and see.

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  18. Dear Kate,
    I LOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEE the Chanters of Tremaris series. I am 11 and have already read the series 2 times and I am going to read it Again and Again and Again...
    My Mum says that if I mention The Chanters Of Tremaris again she will have to kill me.
    I only have one complaint. The series finishes! Please write another book or 3. I recommended it to practically everyone I know (even other authors).
    I am a keen writer and I incorporate magic into my stories. I even tried to write a fourth book with my best friend who loves the series too.
    Calwyn shall be the person I look up to for ever. All of the characters are really cool. My friend who I tried writing with and my other friend who is halfway through the last book have a nickname from this series. I am Calwyn, my writing friend is Mica and my other friend is Keela.
    Surprisingly we are all like these characters, we can all sing as well!
    Thanks for reading this long post
    From Thirrin.
    P.S I wish I lived in Antaris!!!

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  20. Dear Kate, Please can you tell me if you will be appearing anytime soon near Sydney or Wollongong? I have the very excited daughter (see above) and far from 'killing' her, I would love to take her and her friends to meet you! It would be a dream come true :) Warm regards, Catherine.

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  21. Hi Catherine,
    I would dearly love to meet your daughter and her friends, it would be a real thrill to meet such enthusiastic readers. Unfortunately I don't have any visits to NSW scheduled for this year! But if you and your daughter are ever in Melbourne, do let me know and it might be possible to organise a meeting.
    I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know that there are such gorgeous, keen readers out there, it is a very special feeling for any author!
    Best wishes,
    Kate

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  22. Hi Kate, Thanks for your lovely reply. Will start looking for cheap flights for later in the year, maybe :) Thanks again, Catherine.

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  23. hi, reply plz cus ur epic and yehhhhhhh. I likeya book its really interesting and it makes me feel dat im ther, from Robert

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  24. I loved reading your book Crow Country! I was solo hooked. It has amazing description and suspense. xoxo Love you Kate :)

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  25. (I mean't) Sooo hooked.

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  26. Those comments were from Emelia xoxo :p ^^^^^

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  27. Dear Kate,
    Thank you for the advise about bad guys. Opal and I have come up with a pair of bad guys (Pheonix and Ronxa) but we are still not sure what they are trying to do.
    Our school Email accounts won't let us use Google Docs because it goes through the department of education. Do you know of another way to write on the computer besides emailing a word document back and forth?
    Thank you also for the other advice you have given us. It has really helped when we get stuck.
    Chapter one is coming along slowly but we are determined not to give up.
    In the Chanters of Tremaris did you try to rely on what people already knew while describing scenes and objects? Our descriptions do get rather long and sometimes have too much detail but when we read it to Opal's next door neighbor, Tally, she needed more information to have a picture in her head.
    Thanks again
    From Thirrin

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  28. Hi Kate,
    Read your post on collaborative writing and it seems a fantabulous idea. One of my friends and I write very similar things to each other and I think I will mention it on Monday.
    We both adore your books and Elva is the one who got me on to them. We have read all of the books our school library has of yours and I have bought my favorites. Mind you they were terribly hard to find. Our local bookstore had to order them for me.
    I have been flicking through the posts and the questions you answered for Thirrin have given me an idea of what to do. You know you could nearly have the tips for young writers halfway there from those posts!
    From Verity

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  29. P.s It is great You're writing another Chanters Of Tremaris book! :)

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  30. Thanks Verity! You're right, I've been meaning to create this Tips page for ages and I never seem to get around to it. Actually I wanted to import my old tips page from my old website (now defunct) but I couldn't do it, and I couldn't face writing it all again. I wonder if I will give the same advice this time around?
    Good luck with your writing and I hope you and Elva have fun. Please give her my regards!
    Cheers,
    Kate

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  31. Dear Thirrin and Emelia,
    I'm sorry if it seemed that I ignored your posts! The truth is, I didn't see them until today… In fact I was in hospital on 30th April and a little distracted…So please accept my apologies (everything is fixed now and I am fully recovered)
    I'm so glad you enjoyed Crow Country, Emelia. And Thirrin, it's hard to get that balance right with descriptions. Maybe think of descriptions like a sprinkle of salt -- you need a little to bring out the flavour, but too much can be overpowering and leave you begging for relief. Hm, I quite like that analogy!
    Kate ;-)

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  32. Dear Kate,
    Sorry to hear you were in hospital.
    I like your analogy about salt too! As I can picture that clearly and it makes much sense.
    I picked up Cicada Summer and have finished the first chapter and I already love it. :)
    As to your collaborative writing post both Opal and I have read it and we are on the go again after quite a few weeks off writing.
    Hope all keeps going well,
    From Thirrin

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  34. Hi Thirrin,
    Glad to hear that you and Opal are back to your joint project! And I hope you enjoy Cicada Summer.
    Kate :-)

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  35. Dear Kate,
    I loved Cicada summer! I read it start to finish in one night.
    I have asked our school librarian to buy it but she said that she is out of money for new books until book week (week6) Pooh!
    May I ask one question?
    Ok maybe two or three.
    1) Why do no book shops have your books in them?
    2) Why do so many people love writing YA fiction?
    3) Where could I find the Taste of Lightning? It is not in any bookstore!
    Thanks
    From Thirrin

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  36. So many questions! I'll do my best...
    1) There are a huge number of books published every year and bookshops can only stock a certain percentage of them, and they have very little room for back catalogue (books not published recently). So even truly excellent books like mine can get pushed out ;-)
    2) That is a hard question, but I think part of the reason is because young people enjoy strong, interesting stories and don't have much tolerance for waffle! Also because that time of life between childhood and adulthood is such a challenging and unique time, and a time when everything is very intense and vivid -- you are turning into the person you will be for the rest of your life, and that is such a fascinating, emotional journey! Many YA writers have very vivid memories of their adolescent years, whethere they were good or bad, and find it easy to slip back into those experiences.
    3) Taste of Lightning is still available on demand and any good bookshop should be able to order it for you! Or you can order directly fromthe Allen & Unwin website. It is also available as an ebook.
    Hope that helps!
    Kate

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  37. Dear Kate,
    I tracked down the Taste of Lightning and bought it on Friday. I finished it yesterday.
    Oh. My. Gosh!
    I wanted to know more. I couldn't believe it when I found out Trout and Calwyn's role.
    Now I can not wait for anything more Tremaris related.
    I nearly cried when Tansy and Perrin parted.

    How do you come up with such amazing ideas? My stories always start but never get anywhere with the complication.
    And how do you come up with names? They are all unique and unusual but brilliant at the same time.
    From (guess who) Thirrin

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  38. Hi Thirrin,
    I'm so happy that you a) found and b) enjoyed The Taste of Lightning!
    I don't think my ideas are really all that amazing. Sometimes I spend ages just musing what if... what if... and sometimes a really obvious, logical, satisfying plot development will jump up and hit me in the eye. Sometimes not! Sometimes I have to write it out to discover what the story is about.
    As to names, I usually play around with variations of names that already exist in our world -- change a letter here, a letter there...until I find something that sounds right. There's no formula, it's just playing!
    Now I must get back to the next Tremaris book... coming along slowly, but it is coming along...
    Kate

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  39. when did you write crow country

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  40. Crow Country was published in 2011, but I mostly wrote it during 2009-10.
    Hope that helps!

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  41. Dear Kate,
    Not sure if you saw my post on The Corner of White, but basically I have just finished reading it.
    I saw your last post while we were at Heathrow Airport in London and I was soooo excited.
    My friend Opal is reading the Singer of All Songs and out of the one page (she has had it since Thursday, not a fast reader.) she has read, she loves it.
    Thank you for your advice, and your books are amazing.
    From Thirrin

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  42. Dear Kate,
    Your books have yet again captured the imaginations of another child in year 6 at Nareena Hills PS.
    Opal called me as soon as she finished the trilogy.
    She loved it and now there are three of us hanging in there for another.
    Merry Christmas,
    From Thirrin

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  43. Happy to hear that, Thirrin! Thank you for sharing my books around :-)

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  44. i read some other posts, IS IT TRUE THAT YOU ARE WRITING ANOTHER CHANTERS BOOK!!!!!!??????

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    1. when will it be published???

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  45. Hey Kate, I am in year 8 and my English class(all girl class) recently read your book Crow Country . Everyone really enjoyed it! you are a fantastic writer. My class has been studying Crow Country all term and we are now writing an essay on your book. All the students in my class have never done an essay before and it is a privilege that it is about Crow Country big fan!!!!!! x

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  46. Hello Anonymous,
    I'm so pleased that you enjoyed Crow Country! If you have any tricky questions for your essay, feel free to let me know :-) Actually, maybe better not...
    Thanks so much for writing, I appreciate it.
    Best wishes,
    Kate

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  47. Hello Kate! My best-friend and I have recently graduated from high school and both rediscovered your books. We both read them in middle school and fell in love with the Chanters of Tremaris and, since then, YA fiction as a genre. We were wondering if there will be any more books from that universe. Thank you so much!

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  48. Hello Unknown and Unknown's best friend :-)
    I'm so glad you've rediscovered the Chanters books, that makes me very happy. I don't know if you're aware of the fourth Tremaris book, The Taste of Lightning, which is set 20 years after the end of The Tenth Power? I'm guessing you're in the US, TOL wasn't published there but it is available on e-book (or you can order it from Australia, if you're really keen!)
    I was working on a fifth Tremaris book, but it hasn't worked out the way I wanted it to and I've shelved it for now. Maybe one day...
    Thanks and all the best,
    Kate

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  49. Hello Kate,
    I have read a few of your books and have loved New Guinea Moon the most. I was hoping to email you and ask you a few questions?
    Kind Regards,
    Samantha

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  50. Hi Samantha,
    That would be fine. You can contact me at kate(at)kateconstable.com
    Cheers,
    Kate

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