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Flying through Clouds Blog Tour

To celebrate the launch of my new novel, Flying through Clouds, I'm having a Blog Tour with guest posts on these blogs: Day 1 - Mon 3 April - Sandy Fussell http://www.sandyfussell.com/blog/ 5 things I learnt when I was doing my research Day 2 - Tues 4...

"Flying through Clouds" has arrived!

Flying through Clouds has arrived from the printers and it's beautiful! I feel like a proud and relieved mother, besotted with her newborn baby. After nearly four years gestation and a long labour (editing and proofreading), it's finally here....

"Flying through Clouds" is at the printer

In the last month, I not only finished compiling teachers' notes for Flying through Clouds, but I've almost finalised the itinerary of a book tour, started planning a blog tour, and the big one - I sent the final PDF files for Flying through Clouds to Griffin...

Inspired by history

In January 2013, I wandered into the quaint Gerringong Historical Society Museum on the South Coast of New South Wales to see their special exhibition. It was 8o years since Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (aka Smithy) landed Southern Cross on nearby Seven Mile Beach at...

The adventure continues

This past month has been ridiculous. And exciting. Just when I thought the publishing business couldn't possibly get any busier, it did. When 100 uncorrected proof copies of Flying through Clouds arrived from the printers, it felt like Christmas had come early....

Continuing adventures of an indie author

Another busy month has zoomed by in my indie publishing adventure. I've taken a few giant steps forward and a couple back, but I'm getting there. It was exciting to receive the Cataloguing-in-publication entry for Flying through Clouds from...

More adventures of an indie author

I've been busy the last few weeks working on the copy edit for Flying through Clouds. Not only did my copy editor (Catherine Heath) do a great job, but she inspired me to write more. I was very impressed with the eleven-page style sheet she compiled; a must for any...

Adventures of an indie author

I've taken the first steps towards self-publishing my new novel - Flying through Clouds - a follow-on to Racing the Moon. After attending an excellent two-day indie publishing seminar at the NSW Writers' Centre in August, I put together a project plan...

Another fun Children’s Literary Lunch

It was a privilege to be one of sixteen guest authors at the 2016 Children's Literary Lunch organised by CBCA Illawarra South Coast Branch. The 120 local school students and their teachers / librarians were an enthusiastic audience. I was lucky enough...

Byron Writers Festival 2016 highlights

It was a wet and windy three days at Elements of Byron in Byron Bay for the Byron Writers Festival 2016, but what an amazing program and range of authors. So many sessions to choose from with six concurrent sessions from 9am to at least 5pm every day, not to mention...

New review of "Racing the Moon"

There is a new review of Racing the Moon in the latest Historical Novels Review (Issue 77, Aug 2016). The reviewer, Cindy Williams, writes: "Racing the Moon is full of boyhood exploits that kids will enjoy. The short chapters and simple, direct language make it a...

SCBWI Bologna Regional Showcase & Digital Catalogue

I was in good company in the recent SCBWI Bologna Showcase at the Bologna Children's Book Fair held 4 to 7 April 2016. Racing the Moon was also included in the SCBWI Bologna Digital Catalogue that was produced to support the Showcase. The Showcase...

Review of "Racing the Moon" on Bookloons

I came across a recent review of Racing the Moon on Bookloons. In summary, Jessica Maguire (the reviewer) says: I really enjoyed this novel and how the author handles sensitive and frighteningly dark topics with both sensitivity and humor. That said,...

A fun Big Book Day Out 2015

It was such fun at Big Book Day Out yesterday. The NSW Writers' Centre was buzzing with kids, parents, authors and illustrators, all celebrating Australian children's / YA books and literature. I was on the CBCA Illawarra-South Coast stand with authors, Di Bates...

Big Book Day Out 2015

BIG BOOK DAY OUT, hosted by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch, is being held at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle on Sunday 13 September 2015 from 10am to 2.30pm. I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors at this fun event. Bring a...

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Only a few days until the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. I booked my tickets weeks ago so I wouldn't miss out. With 34 amazing sessions to choose from, it was difficult to narrow it down to a few. Looking forward to: Capitalism and the...

Children’s Literary Lunch 2015

It was a very successful 2015 Literary Lunch of the Children's Book Council of Australia (Illawarra South-Coast) on 29 July. With more than 160 guests from schools around the Illawarra and South Coast and 15 guest authors, the day was all about stories and books...

"Deep Sky" – new song on my website

Luke and I have been working on "Deep Sky" for a while and are finally happy with the lyrics, melody and rhythm. There has been a lot of experimenting and tweeking to get to this stage. It's an upbeat lovesong that draws inspiration from loved ones as well as our...

RACING THE MOON to be released in the UK and US

I'm thrilled that my debut novel, RACING THE MOON, published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2014, will be released in the UK in April 2015, and the US in June 2015. You can pre-order RACING THE MOON from: UK websites: Amazon.co.uk...

Vintage YA fiction – RACING THE MOON – on sale

You can buy a paperback copy of my debut novel RACING THE MOON from bookshops or online: Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney Allen & Unwin Publishers Amazon.co.uk Barnes&Noble Berkelouw Books Book Depository Booktopia Bookworld Dymocks Fishpond.co.nz Potts Point...

What a buzz at Big Book Day Out!

It was such fun at Big Book Day Out 2014 at the beautiful NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle. There was a real fairground atmosphere with so much happening - the variety of activities and talks was truly amazing.  The sun was shining as...

Only 2 days until Big Book Day Out

I'm looking forward to Big Book Day Out on Sunday 31 August at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle. I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors taking part. My session, called "The moon, balloons & books" is at 1pm at the Society of Children's Book...

Winners in Goodreads Giveaway of "Racing the Moon"

Copies of Racing the Moon have been sent to the ten winners in the Goodreads Giveaway that ran from 18 July to 22 August. There were 976 people who entered the Giveaway, with the winners coming from Netherlands, Brazil, India, United Kingdom, Canada and...

Last day to win a copy of "Racing the Moon" in the Goodreads Giveaway

Only hours left to enter the book giveaway at Goodreads to win a copy of Racing the Moon. Click on Enter to win in the box below: Goodreads Book Giveaway Racing the Moon by Michelle Morgan Giveaway ends August 22, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads....

Big Book Day Out on 31 August

Big Book Day Out, presented by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch, is being held at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle on Sunday 31 August from 10am to 2.30pm. I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors presenting at this fun event....

Book giveaway of "Racing the Moon" at Goodreads

Only 4 days to go to enter the book giveaway at Goodreads to win a copy of Racing the Moon. Click on Enter to win in the box below: Goodreads Book Giveaway Racing the Moon by Michelle Morgan Giveaway ends August 22, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads....

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014

The winners of the Children's Book of the Year Awards 2014 have been announced: Early Childhood - Jan Ormerod & Andrew Joyner - The Swap Eve Pownall - Christopher Faille & Danny Snell - Jeremy Younger Reader - Catherine Jinks - City of Orphans: a very unusual...

Book giveaway of "Racing the Moon" on Goodreads

Only 12 days to go to enter the book giveaway at Goodreads to win a copy of Racing the Moon. Click on Enter to win in the box below: Goodreads Book Giveaway Racing the Moon by Michelle Morgan Giveaway ends August 22, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter...

Children’s Literary Lunch

I had such a great time on Wednesday 6 August at the 2014 Literary Lunch of the Illawarra South-Coast Children's Book Council of Australia. With more than 160 guests from schools around the Illawarra and South Coast and fifteen guest authors, the day was all...

Literary events for August

I've been busy preparing talks for the following events: Monday 4 August - Guest speaker at the Australian Federation of Graduate Women (Southern Highlands Branch) annual general meeting at Bowral Golf Club. Wednesday 6 August - one of the guest authors...

Book Giveaway for "Racing the Moon"

Only 3 weeks to go to enter the book giveaway at Goodreads to win a copy of Racing the Moon. Click on Enter to win in the box below: Goodreads Book Giveaway Racing the Moon by Michelle Morgan Giveaway ends August 22, 2014. See the giveaway details at...

"Racing the Moon" book trailer

I've created a short book trailer for Racing the Moon, which gives a feel for the setting of the story in Sydney in the early 1930s. The trailer includes historical photos from: State Library of New South Wales NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice...

Buzz Words Interview

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Ann Harth for the July 15, 2014 issue of Buzz Words, a twice monthly e-mag for children's writers and illustrators. It contains news, reviews, articles, interviews and information on opportunities for writers, including...

Photos from Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

What an amazing writers' festival, and not just because I was one of the speakers! I really enjoyed talking about my writing process and YA novel, Racing the Moon, and answering questions from the audience. Thank you everyone who came to my 'Young...

Two days to the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

It's only two days to the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival at the Bradman Museum in beautiful Bowral. Although some of the sessions have been booked out there are still some tickets available. There are also three FREE sessions (including mine) and...

"Heart of Australia" – a song to celebrate Indigenous culture

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, I've added a song to my website - "Heart of Australia" is a song that my husband and I wrote as a celebration of Indigenous culture in Australia. We wrote it in 1989, three years before the Mabo decision of the High Court...

Writing Process Blog Hop

I’ve been tagged by Sandy Fussell to answer 4 questions about my writing in the Writing Process Blog Hop. Sandy Fussell is a children’s author who studied mathematics at university, works as a computer programmer and is keenly interested in history. Her...

Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

The Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival will be held at the Bradman Museum in Bowral from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 July. Come along and meet some of Australia's finest writers of books, poetry, TV and plays. A few of the sessions will be free, including...

Restoring hope in Refugee Week

Refugee Week is being celebrated in Australia from 15 to 21 June to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to acknowledge the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. This is the final year of the “Restoring...

Writing Update

Yesterday was a big day: - finished another draft of my new YA novel - my submission to the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) was shortlisted - gave a talk at the Southern Highlands CWA Some days are just bigger than others!

Mabo Day 3 June

Mabo Day 3 June is a momentous day in Australia's history as was National Sorry Day on 26 May - two big steps towards reconciliation with our Indigenous people. Mabo Day recognises and celebrates the achievements of the late Eddie Koiki...

Reviews of "Racing the Moon"

This is what some reviewers had to say about Racing the Moon: “Racing the Moon is confronting Young Adult fiction and readers of any age will be captivated by Joe, who wins our admiration as a stoic and heroic figure." (Deb Robins, ReadPlus, 28 April...

National Simultaneous Storytime

It's that time again - get ready for National Simultaneous Storytime! At 11am today, all around Australia, participants in this national reading and literacy event will be reading "Too many elephants in this house" by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrations by...

National Conference of the Children’s Book Council of Australia

The 11th National Conference of the Children's Book Council of Australia was an inspiring and thought-provoking event, which I had the pleasure of attending over the weekend in sunny Canberra. There was an interesting range of speakers, presentations and...

Discovering National Treasures

I'm heading to Canberra this weekend for the Children's Book Council of Australia National Conference, which is held every two years. The theme for 2014 is Discovering National Treasures, and when you check out the program, you'll see why. Many of our national...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day is a special day to honour mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, aunties and other mother figures. It is celebrated on various days throughout the world. According to Wikipedia, more than 80 countries, including...

First draft of my new YA novel

I finally finished the first draft of my new YA novel. My sincere thanks to family and friends for reading the manuscript and providing feedback. Now the hard work begins!

Review of "Racing the Moon" on ReadPlus

The recent review of Racing the Moon on the ReadPlus review blog really gets to the heart of what I was trying to achieve in the novel: "Morgan's talent is for juxtaposing an idyllic Australian past with the kinds of dark secrets that are common to human nature...

ANZAC DAY – Lest we forget

ANZAC DAY is a special day in Australia in which we remember all Australians who have served the country and died during wartime. It would be hard to find an Australian family that has not been affected by war in the past. ANZAC Day is a...

Walking on the East Coast of Tasmania

I just finished a four-day walk with my husband, Luke, and other walkers on the east coast of Tasmania. We started in the Mt William National Park, walking to Forester Beach Camp where we stayed on our first night before continuing down the coast, along several...

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