Who Stole Santa’s Mail? Will author Dimity Powell tell?
I?m really delighted to welcome debut author Dimity Powell to From Hook to Book?and congratulate her on the launch of her exciting new chapter book Who Stole Santa?s Mail??published by?Morris Publishing Australia.
Welcome, Dimity, and thanks for stopping by?to answer some questions about the creation of your story and celebrate the publication of your very first book.
Let?s get started with an easy question.
Can you describe your book in five words or less?
Presents, elves, mayhem, it?s Christmas!
Of course, next, I have to ask how did the idea/s for the story come to you?
The original manuscript was the result of an assignment required for the completion of my Writing for Children Course back in 2008. The initial idea stimulus came from a newspaper article about how local council was rumoured to take away post boxes on the Gold Coast thereby decreasing their numbers dramatically or perhaps entirely. I thought this would make a good light-hearted mystery novel based on the ?what if all the post boxes in a small boy?s town suddenly and inexplicably disappeared just two weeks before Christmas??
What would you most like readers to take from your story?
That there really is a Santa Claus! That Christmas is worth believing in. Oh, and that believing strongly enough in something and yourself can achieve great and magical things.?
What led you to writing in the kid?s lit genre?
I delight in writing for children, especially those in the ?golden age? of independent reading. They seem have a greater propensity to believe in magic and that anything and everything is possible at that age while paradoxically being the hardest to convince. I find this simultaneously challenging and rewarding.
Does the life of your main character parallel yours in any way?
Yes. Sam is a firm believer in Santa Claus, as am I (hand on heart). Apart from that, I?m not as good on a scooter as Sam is and I don?t hang out in shopping plazas much.
How did you become a writer?
Like most people, I went to school first. My happy place was in the world of books and reading, which led me to spending long hours penning stories about lost ponies. In English class, I loved composition exercises the most. And to this day have never forgiven my Year 8 English teacher for ?losing? a story that had taken me weeks to perfect ? an anthropomorphic tale about ants. Even at the tender age of 12, I suspected foul play. I never got it back and am still wondering why?
Can you tell me about your story?s main character, Sam, and what inspires you about him?
?Sam is a likeable small town 8 year-old whose main mission in life is to ask Santa for his first really big present, his own bike. I love Sam?s determination to track down the missing post boxes and rescue his little sister, and the missing Christmas mail. He shows grit and courage but is not infallible and would not succeed at times if it weren?t for his close bumbling friend, Tobii. I?d like to have a mate like Sam; not too overbearing, not too perfect, but steadfast.
Who stole Santa?s Mail? uses different settings and we don?t know a whole lot about Santa, so did you have to do much research for the book?
I confess, I have never actually made it to Lapp Land, current residence of Santa Claus, but I have been to his birth place in Turkey, if that counts.? Santa?s Winterworld is based on documentaries, articles and pictures I have seen and read of his Lapp Land home.
Congratulations, Dimity, on the launch of your first children?s book. I wish you and Who Stole Santa’s Mail? great success and sales. I?m sure we?ll be celebrating more books from you in the very near future. Meanwhile, I hope Santa brings you something truly wonderful and lots of writing time in 2013.
You can follow Dimity?s blog tour at the following stops:
Tania McCartney, Susan KBR ? ??17 November 2012
My Little Bookcase ? ??18 November 2012
Sheryl Gywther ? ??19 November 2012
Morris Publishing Australia ? ? 20 November 2012
Kat Apel ? ? 21 November 2012
Elaine Ouston ? ??22 November 2012
Renee Taprell ? ??23 November 2012
Alison Reynolds ? ??24 November 2012
Buzz Words, Vicki Stanton ? ? 25 November 2012
Chris Bell From Hook to Book ? ? 26 November 2012
Dee White ? ??27 November 2012
Jackie Hosking PIO?? ? 28 November 2012
Alphabet Soup ? Rebecca Newman ? ??29 November 2012
Angela Sunde???? 30 November 2012
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