Monday, 23 April 2012

FINALLY - THE CORRECT PRINT VERSION HAS ARRIVED!!!

Finally, my corrected print version has arrived from the printers. I was so upset with the previous copies - big spacing, half the text cut off. So pleased today - everything (touch wood) is perfect, perfect, perfect!!! Oh and to my absolute delight - discovered it is now available at Barnes and Noble. Have a look!!! It might be raining outside, but inside, it's sunny!!! Finishing off the second book now:)

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Such a fantastic Review - Thank you Nat!!! Check out her website: http://ourreadingworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Review: Heaven's Children- Earth Totem by Deborah A. Jackson

In this book, we're introduced to Nevaeh (Must admit: the name's really cool; "heaven" backwards) a teenager that, after the deception of her best friend, joins the group of the "goths"... (You know, the group that exists in every school... The misfits?) Only they're not that. They're the Totem people; they tap on Gaia's energy. There, she meets Hawk, a guy who she feels a deep connection with since the beginning... Heaven's Children: Earth Totem is the story of Nevaeh's journey to find who she really is.

What drove me through this book was the necessity of knowing more about Nevaeh, Hawk and their group. The retrospective chapters help you construct the story very well, so when the accident that is presented at the beginning of the book is understandable. At first, I wondered what was going on... But once you get in the story, there's nothing that can get you out of it.

There's a little bit of everything in this book. Painful twists, more twists... I must say that the end left me brokenhearted. You get to love these characters. I hope I get to know more about them soon!

Thursday, 12 April 2012



INTERVIEW WITH KAAL KACZMAREK

1/ How long have you been writing?

I guess my story writing began when I was an insufferable little teacher's pet obsessed with getting gold stars for story writing homework. Now, on the Authonomy website, it's a top 5 gold medal I'm after! (Not a lot of personal growth obviously...) I wrote a few short stories and of course bad backpacker poetry during my 20's when travelling overseas. I once met a Poet Laureate in Kathmandu who caught me ripping off William Blake's style - but I guess that's kinda a compliment that he identified Blake at all in my ramblings!
Cousin Felicity and the Eels of Misty Point is my first serious attempt at a full length novel.

2/ What made you come up with the idea for your latest book?

The idea came from the amazing books like Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and the Moomins that my father used to read to me as a child. I wanted to create a book that could be an entertaining, suspenseful, 'old skool' read which kids could enjoy because of the personality of the narrative voice and the characters, with no dragons, zombies or vampires in sight. The motivation came from channelling a big ball of anger into some furious writing after being continuously turned down for job interviews by government agencies.

3/ Who's your favourite author of all time?

Hmm, Can I sidestep that question a touch and describe the type of writing I love? For me, the narrative style and/or voice are of paramount importance; I can't stand overwritten, pretentious narrative. Writers with a spare, powerful style like Peter Hoeg and Richard Russo are fantastic. In children's writing, of course Mark Twain and the Scandinavian writers (it's in my blood!) like Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jannsen. Stories rick in personality, humour and plot.

4/ What do you think is an important ingredient for any children's or young adults book?

I think kids love to learn and explore and that can be gaining visual or literal knowledge. Harry Potter - even though I'm not a big fan of the writing style, the intricacy and complexity of the world J.K. Rowling created meant there was much to explore for readers. Enough to sustain seven books! I also think children like a little bit of playfulness and even absurdity with language. You see this in classics by Spike Milligan and in books today like Horrid Henry. I think children respond to rhythm in language - those infectious rhymes in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are another great example. Finally, I think characters need quirks! Roald Dahl gave his characters depth by making them quirky and a touch unpredictable. In my book, Daniel's sister Sophie is a 'tough kind of soft' ( which Daniel likens to toilet paper.) because she is the captain and toughest tackler in the boys rugby team, and yet her half of the room looks like it has been hit by a pink candyfloxx bomb. Kaal Kaczmarek's book, Cousin Felicity and Eels of Misty Point, is a comedy suspense caper for MG, YA and FY

(Forever Young) readers and is expected to be published in July 2012




(Forever Young) readers and is expected to be published in July 2012

Monday, 9 April 2012

FIVE STAR RATING FROM INDEPENDENT REVIEWER!!!

MY FIRST INDEPENDENT BOOK REVIEW IS OUT - 5 STAR RATING - I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!!
Heaven's Children is a very gripping, pacy Young Adult paranormal novel. There is a lot of emotional resonance in the characters and events described. Deborah Jackson has created a very memorable, powerful (and cinematic) novel that teens will soon be talking about.

Kaal Kaczmarek


Sunday, 8 April 2012

PAPERBACK IS OUT!!!!!!

PAPERBACK IS OUT ON AMAZON.COM - SO EXCITED!!!! PLUS KINDLE VERSION (INTERNATIONAL AMAZON. - PLEASE HAVE A LOOK, REVIEW AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BUY, BUY, BUY. X

Monday, 2 April 2012

Sooo excited my publishers in South Africa just informed me that I sold fifteen thousand books last year for my young readers - yayyy!!!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Phew - fourth and final edit on Kindle, found some horrendous mistakes even when they were proofread - apologies out there:))))  Printed version will be available this week and already I might have some interest from a Japanese Publisher - yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!  If you have any questions about the second one let me know.