CHLOE - PLAYTIME AUTHOR
Bindi and Tika just want to have fun splashing
in puddles all day long!
But Mother Princess wants them to take a bath.
From adventures in the mud, to eventually taking a bath…
Come with Bindi and Tika as they SPLISH, SPLASH, & SPLOSH their way through an exciting day with Mother Princess cleaning up after them every step of the way!
From rural Victoria, Chloe splits her time between her studies and reading.
Chloe believes in the importance of growing up around family, friends and loving pets, along with good stories that inspire a love of reading from a young age and she hopes to bring joy and laughter to story times for all the wonderful families who share her stories all over the world.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by many people, including authors such as Cassandra Clare, and Rick Riordan. I am also inspired by my friends, family, and teachers that continuously encourage and support me throughout all endeavours.
How many books have you published?
This is my first book.
When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I think the first time I realised it could be a possibility was in primary school when we were tasked with coming up with a short story book to share with the kindergarten kids. I instantly fell in love with the joy on their faces as we read the books together.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Actually writing this book didn’t take a long time, however going back and revising it until I was happy with it took a lot longer!
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I am a full-time student, so my schedule revolves around that, however I usually like to write late at night when it is peaceful and quiet.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My interesting writing quirk is that I always write late at night, and when writing dialogue, it is never in my normal Australian accent.
How did you find the publishing process?
So far, the publishing process has been smooth and very supportive.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The idea for this book came from watching my puppy play in the puddles outside during winter. I also have gotten ideas for future books from life experiences or particularly interesting conversations with friends.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
This is the first book I’ve written. I wrote in when I was 16 years old.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I’m not writing, I am most often found reading. I also have quite an interest in astronomy and wish to explore this more with my writing in the future. I’m also often found studying.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family are very supportive of my writing and are all very excited for me. They have all thoroughly enjoyed my story and are all very proud of me, encouraging me to continue with my writing and look forward to my next book.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
One of the most surprising things that I learned in creating my book was how differently and more critically I view my work to friends or family reading it.
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
This is the only book I have written so far, so admittedly it is my favourite also!
Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Even if you’re worried it won’t be any good, just write something! It’s better to have something you can come back and edit than nothing at all.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
This is my first book, so at this stage I don’t hear from anyone, but look forward to hopefully hearing from people in the future.
Do you like to create books for adults/kids/cause? Why?
I love creating books for kids and am also looking forward to creating books for teenagers and young adults in the future. Having been a book lover from a very young age, I understand the importance of a good book, and want to create stories that have you falling in love with the magic of a fictional world.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is one that makes you feel something, whatever that may be. If a story is intended to be sad or heartbreaking, you’ll know it’s a good story if it makes you feel that way. A good story is one that makes you question both your own and the character’s morals and intentions, even going so far as to make you feel something for the most unlovable of characters. A good story leaves you with a visceral feeling at the end making you want to read it all over again.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
As a child I always wanted to be either an author or a scientist.
What are your plans for your future book/s?
I plan to write more stories about the adventures Bindi, Tika, and Mother Princess. I also plan to write fantasy novels for teenagers and young adults, though the content of those stories is yet to be decided upon.
What tips would you share with other new writers about your learning?
Just have a go, it’s better to have something to edit ten times over then nothing at all.
What were your inspirations?
I initially wrote this book for myself. The three characters in the book are based off dogs in my life. When writing this book, Bindi was just a puppy, though Mother Princess was starting to get older. Bindi and Tika always loved playing together, and Princess was like a mother to them, so I wanted to have something to remember the personality of each of the dogs, especially how they were when they were together.
How you decided on the characters in the book would be an interesting concept to describe for us please?
The characters of the book are based off dogs in my life. Bindi is a golden retriever crossed with a kelpie, Tika is a golden retriever crossed with a Labrador, and Mother Princess is a golden retriever.
What drew you to the subject matter or the characters?
Watching Bindi, Tika and Princess play outside in the mud together and then cause mayhem inside also drew me to the idea of writing about two cheeky pups and their mum.
What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?
The biggest challenge when writing the book was to ensure the language would appeal to both the children having this book read to them, and the people reading the book to the child.
Include any interesting experiences you might’ve had during the research for the book, or while writing or publishing the book:
As this is my first time publishing a book, the entire process of publishing is quite an interesting and new experience.
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