Romancing the Stars


A host of wonderful children’s authors and illustrators met under the stars ( actually inside the Immanuel Lutheran College library in Buderim) for the opportunity to share their stories, books and personal journey as creative people. From the talented Flaxton illustrator Peter Carnavas, My Sister is a Superhero to Shona Innes who is a clinical and forensic Psychologist and her Big Hug books, Maleny’s author Judy Paulson whose baby tawnies are stitched in felt and lovingly illustrated in her picture book, Baby Tawnies to watercolour artist Diane Somers- Cook and her debut book called The Little Lighthouse, the evening rolled on with lots of fun and surprises..

Starting with a funky chicken song by Chris Collins, to a magical black cockatoos making love drawing in front of the live audience, the “stars” made their way to small groups to introduce themselves and talk about their books. They then rotated around the groups so that everyone got to know a variety of artists. There were book prizes, photos and smiles.



Here am I feeling relaxed and ready for a special evening.

Delicious food and wine, book signing and a happy romantic atmosphere made this evening a success. Everyone was friendly and down to earth with a touch of speed dating an author. I went home all smiles with 2 signed picture books and 1 prize! and a bag full of goodies! Best thing now is I can share the books with my grand children and others.


Above is Judy Paulson from Maleny ( tawny owls) and Shona Innes of the Sunshine Coast sharing her Big Hug books.

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March 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

What a lovely blog… Romancing the stars is such a beautiful experience with people so eager to hear what the authors and illustrators had to offer and were willing to be involved in much discussion. I felt that the close and personal approach allowing the public and interested parties have the opportunity to learn about processes, ideas and the variety that the Sunshine Coast authors and illustrators have to offer
On a personal note…. It was so lovely to meet up with you again… You are a beautiful lady

March 15, 2016 at 12:53 am

Hi Margaret – thank you for this, what a great blog and I am so pleased that you enjoyed yourself. It was a great first night and I am sure that it will become a permanent fixture on our calendar. Wonderful networking opportunity and a chance to find out all the author secrets!
Many thanks

M.J. Gibbs
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