Dad's Wishing The Rain Would Come - Q & A with Martine Miller
Martine Miller is farm girl by day, karate ninja by night, children's author who is very excited for her Debut picture book.
Martine grew up in far north Queensland and now resides on a farm in rural NSW
Her children's enthusiasm for stories and wonder for farm life as well as her quirky herds of cattle, have inspired Martine to write.
Her two children and their never ending adventures make sure that she is never lost for magical inspiration.
Martine has passion for quality children's literature which she shares during regular school reading visits.
Promoting her philosophy "Kids who read succeed."
What is Dad's Wishing The Rain Would Come about?
It is a peek into the strain on a farming family and the animals on their farm as they work tirelessly and wait for the relief from drought.
A sensitive, thought-provoking picture book that showcases a deeply important issue while sharing a family's humble life, as they go about their daily chores, hoping and waiting in anticipation for the rain to come, and the sheer elation and joy that it will bring.
Is there a particular theme in your story?
The theme is drought on a cattle farm in rural Australia. And the unity amongst the family to work together whilst waiting for rain.
Was there an inspiration for your story?
Dedicated to Aussie farmers, the inspiration for this came from the severity of drought affecting so many farmers and properties.
With large amounts of Australia in drought and the questions from my children about why we have to be careful with our water as we live on a farm.
I also found quite a few children were unaware of the impact drought has on our farming families.
So I set out to write a book that was entertaining as well as heartwarming and informative on the daily jobs our farmers do and how dry it gets for the animals who inhabit the farm.
What kind of research did you do to write this story?
Not a lot as we live on a farm and have been around farms, I understand the impact drought has on our farmers.
I gave Fiona photographs of farms that I had been to and areas where I grew up to give her the landscape I had imagined whilst writing the story. And she did a fantastic Job I cannot thank her enough.
Do you have any tips for people wanting to write for children?
First and foremost keep writing.
Join a critique group. My critique group helped make this book become a reality, by not only helping improve my writing it also guided me though information and advice within the children's book industry.
Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek advice from experienced people within the industry, go to conferences and workshops to meet fellow writers. The knowledge gained is priceless.
You can read more about Martine on her website.