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Chatting with author Jill Smith about Mystery, Mayhem and Magic!

Today I’m very excited to be interviewing author Jill Smith, who has nine stories, repeat nine (now is that talent or what?) in the new anthology by The Ten Penners, ‘Mystery, Mayhem and Magic.’ I already love the short stories by the Gold Coast writers The Ten Penners, but being a total fan and author of mystery, mayhem and magic myself I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to chat with Jill about this exciting anthology for young readers. I hope you enjoy learning more about Jill as much as I have!

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour, those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

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First, a little bit of info about the anthology:

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

“Take a path through the forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

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From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

The Ten Penners Logo by Starla


And onto the interview with Jill:

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What kind of children’s stories did you write for Mystery, Mayhem & Magic?

I have nine stories in ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.’ Six of these are about a little girl called Trinny who is three in the first adventure and just on five in last adventure, all based on two beautiful illustrations created by our dear friend and now passed former member Lorraine Blomberg who created the covers of The Ten Penners two previous books‘Shock, Horror, Gasp’ and ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.’ I have two further stand-alone short stories in ‘Red Beard’s Treasure Hunt’ which is a follow-on episode of a story in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales called ‘The Night Witch’. Horseplay is the other and I wrote this for my granddaughters as they love horses. Finally, I wrote a novella called ‘The Real Deal’ about a boy who can fly.

How long have you been writing children’s stories?

I joined The Ten Penners in 2008 as a sub-group of Gold Coast Writers, firstly because they were closer than another sub-group The Southern Short Story Writers that I had been attending, and, because I wanted to push my writing in a direction I hadn’t been before. I’d never written children’s stories before that. So, I was pleased to be able to contribute six stories in the last anthology Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.

What other writings have you done?

I have written two Science Fiction booksDual Visionsand Vashla’s World which I aim to release on Amazon shortly. Dual Visions has been developed from an e-book with a very inexperienced edit through to a self-published book with Publicious and through to the current re-release after a rework with my writing mentor. I’ve also written a young adults science fiction manuscript called Microworld which will be my next publication project.

What have you had published and in what mediums?

I’m glad to say that I’ve read and reviewed many wonderful books by Australian authors for many years and been rewarded with copies of signed books by authors such as Peter Watt, Simon Higgins, Kim Wilkins, Michael Pryor, George Ivanoff, Colleen McCulloch, Darryl Greer, Lian Tanner, Kim Kane, Andy McDermott, Julie Baythorpe, Robyn Lee Burrows and many more. I also have a blog I showcase my book reviews, short stories and interviews with interesting authors. Many of my reviews are also published in online magazines such as Gold Coast Writers eWriteabout, Jackie Hoskings’ magazine PIO (Pass It On), which is circulated in schools around Australia. On occasions, The Reading Stack and Writing Queensland, a paper print magazine for Queensland Writers Centre, have also have published my reviews.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Editing and getting the story right. Being one of The Ten Penners, allows me to have my stories honestly critiqued, which always enhances a story. I’m also fortunate enough to have a writing mentor in my friend and multi-published author Robyn Lee Burrows who gives her time willingly to have me read and rework my manuscripts.

Thanks for joining me on the blog Jill!


Jill Smith loves adventures and has nine stories in this book for youngsters and the young at heart. Now a grandmother to two beautiful girls creating stories for them gives her great joy. A long-term member of The Ten Penners, presenting our books in schools, writing book reviews and reading is a huge part of her busy life. For more about Jill, follow her on her blog: Jill Smith

Enter the colouring competition for your chance to win a copy of the book. Results will be announced on the 4th November at our official book launch at Broadbeach Library.

Colouring In Competition

More about the Book

Want to read more about it? You can follow the blog tour:

15/10/17   Sunday -Marion Martineer – https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com/Dimity Powell – author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

16/10/17    Monday– Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/

17/10/17    Tuesday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/

Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au/

 18/10/17    Wednesday– Kate Russell – https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com./

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com

 19/10/17   Thursday –

Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com/

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/

 20/10/17   Friday – Robin Adolphs   http://www.robinadolphs.com/

Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com

 21/10/17    Saturday – The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/

The Ten Penners will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce the book launch

23/10/17   Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/

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Mr Abbott, Won’t You Please Leave Our Children an Underwater Kingdom?

Sometimes life is made of the stuff of fairytales. My youngest daughter is five. She lives for fairytales. She loves princesses and fairies, unicorns and all creatures, great and small. Her favourite stories are those about mermaids and underwater kingdoms. As we sit up in her bed together each evening, a storybook in hand, we are taken to magical worlds under the sea. Here the clear waters, covering the spectrum of blues and greens, team with the vibrancy of colourful fish, sleek sharks, bright corals. We delight in the images of seahorses, turtles, octopi, starfish, stingrays, crabs and other sea species. And yes, there is usually a mermaid, and a castle or two.

I remember such a place. Not one of dreams or fairytales but of real life. You may have heard of it. In fact, it’s such a magnificent, indescribably beautiful place, that it’s been classified as a Natural Wonder of the World. It’s called the Great Barrier Reef. An underwater wonderland, there is no other place that teems with such brilliance of colour, life, diversity and beauty.
But as in all fairytales there is an evil threat looming. One that threatens to destroy all that is good and natural, rare and uniquely special. It is hard to fathom that a natural wonder of our world is under very real threat from the senseless dumping of dredge materials.
In fairytales that which should be preserved is always saved. The people of the magical worlds bring down the evil threat and stop it once and for all. My hope is that Australians, and the world, unite against this and that we can have our happily ever after. I am only one small voice in a vast sea but join those small voices together and we can roar like the ocean.

You can sign a petition here.



What's New

‘Hubert and the Magic Glasses’ is now Available

My latest book ‘Hubert and the Magic Glasses’ is now out.

Hubert and the Magic Glasses


Sadly, the Able Ants are not the best soccer team in the district – and Hubert is not the best player. He loves soccer, but his skills are getting worse, not better. Could magic glasses be the answer?

Written by Candice Lemon-Scott
Illustrated by Joe Spellman
PB | ISBN: 9781921928246 | $AU12.95

For more info go to the New Frontier Publishing website or check out the official Little Rockets website. Alternatively, look for it in your local bookshop, library or through online bookstores :).

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Japan Disaster

As I watched the terrifying footage of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis hitting Japan I immediately placed myself there. What would I do in such a situation? What if the lives of my family members were affected and there was nothing I could do to prevent it? Doing this created a deep sense of helplessness. There is no stopping such a massive force of nature, no matter what preparations are made. I listened to journalists speak of witnessing the event take place, and what mattered most to those people came out first – the safety of their families. In the coming days the worsening situation and increasing death toll has hit the news hard and fast. My feeling of helplessness continues and I can only turn that around by putting out my best thoughts and wishes for all of those affected, both in the long and short term. Also, I can make my own small contribution, as so many of us are doing. Here is a link to the Authors for Japan auction for anyone wishing to pass on their own assistance (and gain something in the doing as well). Happy bidding!

Authors for Japan Auction