Q. Tell us 5 words that best describe you?
Creative, energetic, committed, funny, diligent.
Q. Do you begin your stories on the computer or do you use a pen and paper?
I usually plan my stories and start my picture books with a pen and paper (notebook) but pretty soon after starting I move onto a computer because my typing is faster, neater and more easily edited than my hand writing.
Q. Do your characters wake you up at night with ideas?
Q. We all have that ah-ha moment when a character fully reveals themselves to us. What were you doing when your most successful character introduced him or herself to you?
I was staying at a hotel in the Blue Mountains a few years ago with my husband and two young children. I couldn’t sleep because I had a story running around in my mind and a character who’s name immediately came to me. So I shut myself in the ensuite bathroom and wrote the entire story out – and yes, it took me hours and hours but I just had to get it all done because I was afraid I would lose it if I didn’t.
Q. How did you celebrate your first book being published?
With a lovely book launch at Berkelouw Books Balgowlah inviting all my friends and family and anyone else I thought might be vaguely interested! The book was Puggle’s Problem.
Q. What tips would you give to an aspiring children’s author?
Be prepared to work exceptionally hard. Network and attend workshops and conferences so you can meet other authors. Don’t be afraid of rejections, they’re all part of the job.
Q. If you could be any character from any book for a day who would you be and why?
Lucy from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She’s a great character with many admirable qualities and she has an awesome adventure.
Q. What’s next from Aleesah Darlison?
I have two more books in the Unicorn Riders series coming out in June, which I’m thrilled about. That will make Unicorn Riders an 8 book series. I’ve absolutely loved writing those stories and girls just adore them. I’m also currently editing the first instalment in my new (three book) boys fantasy adventure series that will be released in October 2013, which is also published by Walker Books. And if all goes according to plan, my fourth picture book, Little Meerkat, will be released at the end of the year (published by Wombat Books). So, lots of great things still to happen (and lots of work still to do!) in 2013.