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Author Insights

In this series, we talk to published authors about their journey and what advice they have for aspiring writers.
June 29, 2020
Interview with Alyss Thomas, Author of The Journal Writer's Companion

Alyss Thomas is a senior psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. She is also an experienced writer who has worked as a writing coach for over 20 years. She is the author of The 1000 Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask Yourself, and her articles and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies. As […]

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June 15, 2020
Interview with Dr. Joanna North, Author of Mind Kind

Dr Joanna North is a doctor of psychotherapy, a chartered psychologist and a chartered scientist with 30 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. In 2017, she earned the CPS Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Practice Award for her work with adopted children. Her latest book, Mind Kind, is a simple yet effective […]

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June 5, 2020
Interview with Lilian Wissink, Author of The Creative Seed

Lilian Wissink has over twenty years’ experience as a counselling psychologist. Her passion lies in assisting people to discover and realise their true potential by helping them to develop compassionate self-awareness, find new creative outlets and learn new skills. Lilian’s own creative expression has taken many forms over the years including acting, drawing, painting, photography, […]

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June 1, 2020
Interview With Susanne Gervay, Author of The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses

Susanne Gervay grew up in Sydney, Australia, as the child of Hungarian refugees. It wasn't easy being part of a family that had experienced war, loss and had emigrated to a country where they didn’t speak the language. Fortunately, books were always there to bring her comfort and encouragement. As a result, her children’s books […]

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May 25, 2020
Interview with Dr. Eric Goodman, Author of Social Courage and Your Anxiety Beast and You

What Drove You to Write Your Book? As a clinical psychologist that reads and recommends a lot of self-help books, I noticed that so many books make false promises to the reader. Specifically, books that claim that you can become anxiety-free if you follow their advice is a concern of mine. Not only is anxiety […]

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May 20, 2020
Interview with Stephanie Ward, Author of Arabella and the Magic Pencil

Stephanie Ward is an award-winning author of sweet, unique and rib-tickling children’s books. Her latest book, Arabella and the Magic Pencil, described by Armadillo Magazine as "a truly delightful book", is a story all about the dangers of mixing sibling rivalry with magic pencils! Before deciding to dedicate herself full-time to doing what she loves […]

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May 17, 2020
Interview with Pete Carter, Author of Books for Adults and Children

Pete Carter is the author of the children's book, Our Dog Benji (EK Books), a tale inspired by his family pet and written for fussy eaters everywhere. His first book for adults, This is Us - New Zealanders in our own words (Exisle Publishing) has just come out and has received rave coverage in the […]

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May 14, 2020
Interview with Paul Russell, Children's Author of My Storee and Grandma Forgets

Paul Russell is the author of three successful children's books published by our sister company, EK Books. Drawing from his experiences as a teacher, each one of Paul's books explores a different theme and tackles a common issue that children face. My Storee is a creative look at managing dyslexia. The Incurable Imagination encourages children […]

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May 12, 2020
Children's Author Interview: Dimity Powell, Author of "The Fix-It Man"

Our Author Insights series looks at successful published authors from the Exisle and EK Books family, and asks them to share their advice and experience with the next generation of writers. Today, we speak with Dimity Powell, the award-winning children's author of The Fix-It Man and At The End of Holyrood Lane. Dimity Powell writes […]

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