Roald Dahl was an incredible Author and an inspiration to so many other authors too!
His book Matilda was the first chapter book I ever read. I was 4 years old when I read it and it took me 3 days to read because I just could not put it down! Whilst reading it I always wanted to be like Matilda and I loved it so much because I could let my imagination run wild.
I have read nearly all of his kids books over and over again and they never get boring! Ever! I love his books because of how their vivid descriptions, friendly tone and quirky humour are never boring and never fail to amuse the reader and make them fall in love with the characters within the first few pages of the book.
Roald Dahl is also inspirational because of how he went out and met his fans which is amazing. Roald Dahl also served as a spy, an ace fighter pilot and a medical inventor in WW2! His writing career started in 1961 with James and the giant peach and he has written at least 34 books…can he be more awesome!!
And if you ever get a chance to chat to Norman Jorgensen ask him about the time he met Roald Dahl!! You won't be disappointed.
If you ever have a chance to check out his website or read his books take it you will not regret it his books are amazing!! Go read them!
Bryce Courtenay is a truly inspirational author; he is the author of HEAPS of moving and powerful books, such as The Power of One, Tandia, The Silver Moon and much more!
His book The Power of One is my absolute favorite of his, without giving away too many spoilers; A young boy called Peekay goes to a boarding school and faces a serious of harassment but I love it because it shows how he gets stronger and learns to box and is well on his way to overcoming the trauma he faced and becoming the welterweight champion of the world. Throughout the entire book he faces challenge after challenge with courage and determination and you just want him to succeed.
I love how although The Power of One has a bunch of struggles, traumas and death in it, it still leaves on an uplifting note making the reader feel empowered by the end.
Bryce has won the British Book Award in 1990 for the novel, 'The Power of One', he is the recipient of three APA Who Weekly Reader's Choice Awards as well as many more. Bryce also stated that he had been bullied as a kid and so he took to writing to try to keep away from the bullies he also learnt to box as a means of self defense.
Bryce Courtenay has written many incredible books and quotes two of my favorite quotes of his are;
“First with the head, then with the heart.”
“Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.”
Bryce Courtenay’s writing career started at 1989 with his ground breaking The Power of One soon followed by many equally amazing books. Read his books and I’m sure you will agree that he is a truly incredible author.
Jackie French is a truly inspirational author! Jackie is the author of the Fair Dinkum Histories series, Hitler’s Daughter, Pirate Boy from Sydney Town, The Matilda Saga and much, much, much more.
I have always Adored Jackie French’s quirky writing style since I was a little kid and I still do to this very day. All of her books which I have read are very enjoyable and each have been written in various styles, some are fun and quirky whilst others are serious, heartwarming and moving.
I believe that Jackie is an inspirational author because of how she tells history in a fun and enjoyable way for kids in the Fair Dinkum Histories series and how she shows the truth behind our Australian history without white washing it as much as most books do but she tells it in a a fun way to help us learn, not just handing us the facts in a boring bland historical book.
I have always enjoyed the Fair Dinkum Histories series because of it’s a amazing comics jokes and because of how it tells the history of Australia from a new perspective and it displays it honestly, it also makes learning about our history fun.
Here are some of my face Jackie French quotes: “Books aren't like broccoli. You don't have to eat it because it's good for you. "Books drag you in because they are fascinating.”
“If you want intelligent children, give them a book. If you want more intelligent children give them more books.”
Her books have also won these awards: 'Let the Land Speak 2014 NIB Award', 'Christmas Wombat (with Bruce Whatley) 2012 Shortlisted in the Australian Book Industry Awards.' & 'Nanberry: Black Brother White 2012 Shortlisted Children’s Book Council of Australia &2012 Honour Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia' as well as many more! Thats a HUGE amount of awards!
Jackie's writing career spans 25 years, over 140 books, several manuscripts which have been eaten by the wombats ;), 36 languages, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas and she is still writing more books! Jackie is a truly incredible and inspiring author and I definitely recommend checking out Jackie French's website, following her on social media and buying and reading some of her books they are INCREDIBLE!!! You will not regret it!!
For the rest of October, check out my Facebook page and Instagram for your chance to win some very cool Jackie French books!!
Neal Shusterman is a truly inspirational author to me. He writes Dystopian Sci-fi and Cli-fi (climate fiction) and he incorporates such dark theories and concepts into his books such as the earth running out of water or what really happens to us when we die, but he does it in such in a fun and humorous way so you would expect them to be dark and scary but they are not. He also has strong female and male leads which is important!
I have met Neal Shusterman before and he was incredible! Before hearing him talk and reading his books I had personally never thought about writing a dystopian book but he personally inspired me to start working on a dystopian book which I hope to finish the first draft of this year.
Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author based in America. He has won the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Fiction, the 2015 National Award for Young Peoples Literature and the prestigious 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Honor award.
He is incredible and so are his stories, the way they are written with compelling descriptions and action really make the reader feel like they are right there is the stories alongside the main characters. And when you listen to him talk about his work you can almost feel the passion emanating from his body! He has written the; Unwind Dystology, Arc of a Scythe Trilogy, The Accelerati Trilogy (with Eric Elfman), The Anstey Bonano books, Shadow Club series, Darkfusion trilogy, The Skinjacker trilogy, The Star Shard chronicles, Challenger Deep, Dry and many, many more! Woah!
I cannot wait for The Toll to finally be released this year! It is going to be awesome! It is the show stopping finale of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy and I cannot wait!
I definitely don’t recommend his books for little kids or the faint hearted, they do tackle some really heavy issues but if you love cli-fi, sci-fi, action, adventure and stories that make you think about deeper issues; make sure to read Neal Shusterman’s books! They are awesome, you will not regret it! And a word of advice; if you get one book in a series, make sure you also get the next before you start reading it as Neal has a habit of leaving us on the most annoying cliff-hangers possible in his books!
I believe Jeremy Lachlan is a truly inspirational author and someone who all bookworms and lovers of adventure and fantasy should check out because of his Book Jane Doe and the Cradle of All worlds and the protagonist Jane who is very relatable to young girls and a great role model, as she is strong, determined, persistent and will do anything to save her friends & family as well as all the worlds and I LOVE to see books with more strong female leads so young girls have characters they can look up to.
I have met Jeremy before and it was incredible, although I’m not going to lie, I had a huge, ridiculous fan girl moment and I was speechless for a very long time before finally being able to mumble out a few sentences which made me look less than intelligent... It was super embarrassing! He was so kind and kept talking to me even though I could barely make any noises. All my friends who know me well will know how rare it is for me to be silent.
Jeremy Lachlan is an Aussie, award winning author, Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds has won the 2019 ABIA award. He also attends and runs writing workshops and talks to inspire other young writers & readers which is incredibly inspirational!
I love Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds and highly recommend reading it for kids and adults aged about 8+, there are no sex or drug references, there is a little bit of violence but nothing too gory. It has very strong themes of magic, adventure, overcoming evil and one’s personal issues. It took me 3 days to read this book and I got into trouble for reading it all night instead of sleeping but it was totally worth it! I absolutely couldn’t put it down; it was gripping, thrilling and so action-packed! Jeremy’s use of vivid descriptions and his talent for creating emotional scenes made me feel like I was there, alongside Jane as she ventured through the manor on a quest to rescue her father which then leads to a much bigger and more urgent quest. I fell in love with the main character from the first few paragraphs. I could totally relate to her, as she is the misfit of her town and often had moments where she felt that she didn’t belong and she also had to overcome bullying, feeling excluded and her own insecurities and feelings of unworthiness while also battling the evil villain!
I was extremely upset when Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds ended because I knew I had to wait a whole YEAR before the sequel would come out, then when I met Jeremy and pestered him to see when it would be available he let me know that the release has been delayed but it’s all good, I totally forgive him (JK) because we are so close to the release of Jane Doe and the key of all Souls!! I CAN’T WAIT!! As Jane will venture further into the elusive manor while all the souls of the world hang in the balance and if she fails this quest all the worlds will fall.
For all fans of fantasy, mystery and action packed adventures with a side of magic and overcoming evil… If you haven’t done it yet, read Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds, then get ready for the release of Jane Doe and the key of all Souls in January 2020!