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Deb helps kids get lost in books

Author Deb Abela in Grafton: “When I was a child, authors were faceless names. There is nothing at all special about me and they too can pick up a pen and write a novel.”
Author Deb Abela in Grafton: “When I was a child, authors were faceless names. There is nothing at all special about me and they too can pick up a pen and write a novel.” Adam Hourigan

AFTER seven years of writing for Channel 10 show Cheez TV, Deb Abela decided to bypass the screen and get to children directly and write her first novel, Max Remy Superspy Part 1: In Search of the Time and Space Machine.

Since then, the energetic author has written 15 children's novels and can't get enough of what she does.

"When I was a kid I loved getting lost in novels, so I know that I want kids to be able to get lost in mine," she said.

"I also feel that when I was a child, authors were faceless names, so a big part of what I do is getting out there and meeting the kids who read my books.

"It also shows them that there is nothing at all special about me and that they too can pick up a pen and write a novel.

"The most important thing to do when you are thinking about writing a book is to start."

Yesterday Deb visited Grafton, Iluka and Yamba libraries to talk to children about writing.

"I get my inspiration from all over the place, but I find that when I am busy and have deadlines is when I get the majority of my ideas," she said.

"When I am lying on a beach, the furthest thing from my mind is writing."

You can check out Deb at www.deborahabela.com.

Topics:  children's books


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