SpineOut : February 2013
2 issue 15 // february - march 2013 books // more books // caught reading // flag it & win // the truth about love // the final frontier // the last page books AngirA, Year 10, Terra Sancta College, Schofields NSW Chats to bestselling author, Deanna Raybourn read on... With a Rita award and an array of bestsellers in her kitty, Deanna Raybourn is living the life many aspiring writers can only dream about. With the latest instalment of her critically acclaimed ‘Lady Julia Grey’ series, Raybourn has struck gold. Providing her audience with oodles of drama, witty comebacks, plot twists and a whole lot of zeal, this series is a gem of its genre. Captivating the essence of a delicious mystery in a way that can only be compared to the works of Agatha Christie, this author has consistently given her readers the thrills they seek. With characters like the head strong Julia Grey and the charismatic Nicholas Brisbane, this series takes you on a journey like no other. Now that the fifth instalment, The Dark Enquiry, is out, let’s find out what Deanna’s recipe for success is. read on... . . .Book reviews CliCk on the Covers to read the reviews For most young adults living with Asperger’s Syndrome, it can be very challenging to live a normal life. But 18-year-old author Hayden Selfe has instead decided to view it as a blessing, often escaping into the fantasy world in which he writes. It’s in this world that Hayden met the heroine of his debut novel, Hatchling Heroes, which provided him with the inspiration to write his first novel at the age of 16. An inspiration himself, Hayden has crafted an exciting novel that will appeal to fantasy readers. When did you first start writing? I first started writing books and stories on a holiday in Tasmania in 2009. I only had a flat PlayStation Portable, a long car ride, a laptop, and my imagination. So I started to write. My first two attempts turned out well but I lost my steam before I could really get going or the plot bunnies jumped around in my head and messed up my focus. I didn’t really start Hatchling Heroes until after the holiday; it was my third attempt at writing a book and evidently a successful one.