I always knew I wanted to be an author, but wasn’t sure how to do it.
My first writing was for the children’s page in the local newspaper where you got credits & certificates. I also belonged to the ABC Radio Argonauts children’s program, where stories were read out on the wireless. Probably I was about 8, when my first writing went in the newspaper. It was about a para long. But each Saturday morning I’d race to pull out the Children’s page. I’ve always been a messy newspaper reader.
I was fascinated that black squiggles on paper were the code to get inside a writer’s head.
My Grandma read to me and I learnt to read myself before I started school.
I started diaries on January 1st but they’d usually been forgotten by the end of that month. I was more interested in other worlds. (That’s probably why I like co-writing now).
I can’t remember what I wrote about, because I was writing most of the time.
The first book-length story I remember finishing in about Grade 6 was a kind of Enid Blyton style mystery with a group of children down a mine. I didn’t know how to finish the story, so I left them there.
Maybe that’s why I now like well plotted mysteries.
Hazel’s latest books are her memoir ‘Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author’ and the co-written ‘Hijabi Girl’. ‘Hippo!Hippo! the Musical’ is touring nationally.
http://www.hazeledwards.com/page/not_just_a_piece_of_cake_being_an_author.html ‘Anecdultery’ the first chapter in the memoir explains the challenges of exaggerating childhood stories.