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Islands to glaciers

I recently had the privilege of spending five amazing weeks in Hawaii, Canada and Alaska where I trekked through rainforests, snorkelled coral reefs, kayaked on rivers and mountain lakes, watched whales breaching, dolphins spinning and brown bears catching salmon. It...

Spotlight On @WritingNSW

It was a privilege and a pleasure to be interviewed by Writing NSW for Spotlight On, a monthly feature article on a member of the Writing NSW community: https://writingnsw.org.au/michelle-morgan/ Thank you Writing NSW for the brilliant job you do supporting...

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook on sale @Smashwords

To celebrate winning the SCBWI Spark Award and as a thank-you to readers, Flying through Clouds is 50% off on Smashwords from July 1 to July 31: Buy FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook on Smashwords  The 50% discount will be applied automatically by adding the book to your...

Spark Award for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Flying through Clouds looking dapper wearing its new gold Spark Award: The Spark Award is awarded annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and recognises excellence in children's books that are published independently. Flying...

Autumn Revel: a celebration of the Arts in Canberra

AUTUMN REVEL is a free festival of the Arts to be held this Saturday 19 May 11am to 4pm at the Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra. There will be live music, dance, open studios, art exhibitions, book and craft stalls, kids’ activities and workshops, local food, wine and...

Happy 1st birthday FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

I can't believe it's a year since this baby was launched! It has been a hectic twelve months with a book tour, blog tour, interviews, articles and reviews. To be the winner of the Spark Award (Older Readers) 2017 is the icing on the cake. Happy 1st birthday FLYING...

Author talk video at Berkelouw Book Barn

I recently had the privilege of taking part in the Author Talks video project of the Tom Keneally Centre and Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library. While enjoying the peaceful ambience at Berkelouw Book Barn Bookshop & Café, I chatted about my...

More reviews of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

It's exciting to discover new reviews of Flying through Clouds. Here are some quotes from recent reviews: “Flying through Clouds is a compelling mix of humour and drama, with a resilient and likeable protagonist. This book is full of many interesting writing prompts...

Author Talks & Writing Workshops

In between writing projects, I'm available for Author Talks and Writing Workshops. Author Talks - Writing historical fiction for teens – inspiration, research and writing process - accompanied by Powerpoint presentation of historical photos and one or two readings....

Flying through Clouds eBook free for 8 days

Flying through Clouds eBook will be free on Smashwords for eight days from 25 December 2017 to 1 January 2018. You'll be able to download the entire eBook in ePub or mobi (kindle) free of charge during this period. Happy reading!

Book ideas for Christmas

Flying through Clouds and Racing the Moon make great gifts for teen readers and for the young at heart. Buy them online or from your favourite bookshop. You can also order them on my website. Enjoy!

Writing up a storm in Ubud

I recently spent eight fabulous days in Ubud, Bali, immersed in playwriting, listening to other authors and experiencing the rich local culture. I attended a five-day intensive Playwrights' Retreat with talented and multi-award winning playwrights, Tanika Gupta and...

SCBWI Bookstop 16 Oct to 30 Nov 2017

Explore new books for kids and teens in the SCBWI Bookstop promotion from 16 Oct to 30 Nov 2017. You can browse hundreds of books published in 2017 by traditional and independent publishers from all over the world, with links to buy online. This is the Bookstop link...

Amazon Giveaway of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

The Amazon Giveaway for Flying through Clouds has finished with 697 entrants to win copies of my new novel. Congratulations to the eight US winners, your copies of Flying through Clouds are in the mail. Many thanks to all the entrants, and good luck with future...

Flying through Clouds Giveaway on Amazon

To celebrate the release of Flying through Clouds on Amazon in July, I'm having an Amazon Giveaway for US readers only. If you live in the US and would like to enter the Giveaway for a chance to win one of eight copies of Flying through Clouds, please click...

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is on its way to Goodreads Giveaway winners

The Goodreads Giveaway for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS has finished with 164 entrants to win signed copies of my latest novel. Congratulations to the eight Australian winners, your signed copies of Flying through Clouds are in the mail. Many thanks to all the entrants,...

Help support Indigenous Literacy

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day and support Indigenous literacy in Australia, I'll be donating 50% of my website and event sales of Flying through Clouds from 6 to 14 September to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. At 12 noon today, as part of Australian Reading...

Upcoming literary events

On Thursday 24 August as part of Children's Book Week 2017, I'll be presenting to Year 5 and 6 students at St Paul's Primary School, Moss Vale: How history inspired me to write my latest novel, Flying through Clouds. On Wednesday 6 September at 12 noon, as part of...

Goodreads Giveaway for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

To celebrate CBCA Children’s Book Week 2017, there will be a Goodreads Book Giveaway of my new vintage YA novel, FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS. Goodreads Book Giveaway Flying Through Clouds by Michelle Morgan Giveaway ends September 04, 2017. See the giveaway details at...

CBCA ISC Children’s Literary Lunch 2017

It was another fun Children's Literary Lunch at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong last Wednesday. This annual  event is organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra-South Coast Sub-branch.  I joined 15 other authors and illustrators, and an audience...

Literary events at Woollahra & Gordon Libraries

Enjoyed chatting about my indie publishing journey with SCBWI authors & illustrators yesterday at Woollahra Library: I also joined other HNSA authors on Wednesday evening at Gordon Library to discuss our latest Australian histfic novels:

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook available in more formats

You can now read and download Flying through Clouds eBook in more formats and from a range of online suppliers: Amazon Kindle iTunes Kobo Nook (Barnes & Noble) Smashwords  Try a free sample before you buy!  

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is now on Amazon

For book lovers living outside Australia, Flying through Clouds is now available in paperback on Amazon or can be ordered online from other international suppliers such as Book Depository. In Australia, Flying through Clouds can be...

Literary events in July

I'm excited about these literary events in July: Wednesday 26 July Gordon Library (Sydney) 6 to 8pm - Wings into History: how the past inspires historical fiction – Four authors talk about their works and shared themes (Historical Novel Society of Australasia event)...

Reviews of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

I'm very pleased with the reviews of Flying through Clouds that have been published so far. I got off to an excellent start when Jackie French read a review copy and loved it, then she allowed me to include her quote on the cover and inside the book....

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS Literary Events on the North Coast

Following the Gold Coast launch of Flying through Clouds, I headed south to Lismore Library for a YA Writing Workshop. Lismore was still recovering from a devastating flood but the Library was open for business. It's hard to believe that only a few weeks earlier there...

Queensland Launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS was launched in Queensland at Dymocks Brisbane on 24 April and at Broadbeach Library on 26 April. Both launches included author talks and readings, with lots of questions from enthusiastic audiences.

Launch of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS In the Hunter and New England

I've had a wonderful time this week chatting to enthusiastic readers at book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS at Muswellbrook and Quirindi Libraries, and at Reader's Companion Bookshop in Armidale. It was such a pleasure to talk about my new novel and to discuss...

Writing Workshops and YA Book Club

Another busy week of the Flying through Clouds Book Tour with events at Better Read than Dead Bookshop in Newtown (Sydney) and Shoalhaven Libraries on the beautiful South Coast. I was the guest author at the YA Book Club at Better Read than Dead and enjoyed...

Book Launches for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

It's been an amazing week with book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS in Bowral (Southern Highlands), Canberra and at Gerringong (South Coast).   It was heart-warming to be surrounded by family and friends at the Bowral launch of Flying through Clouds at Bowral Art...

Author Visit to Telopea Park School

I had the pleasure of talking to Year 9 students at Telopea Park School in Canberra this morning about my new historical novel for young adults, Flying through Clouds. They were a great audience and asked such interesting questions. I interspersed historical...

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook is now live

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle! To celebrate the launch of the FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook, it will be discounted on Amazon Kindle by more than 40% for ONE WEEK ONLY, from 3 to 10 APRIL 2017. Only a few more hours...

Flying through Clouds Book Tour

After the launch of Flying through Clouds in Bowral on 1 April, I'll be heading off on a Book Tour. I'll be following in the footsteps of my main character and visiting several places mentioned in the book. The Book Tour includes Book Launches, Talks and Writing...

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 Press...

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,...

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