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Posted on 14 June, 2017 at 0:50

Into Another Dimension

The author “behind” the book?

I’m Kass Harker. I was born and raised in rural New Zealand and now live in Nelson in the South Island. I've always written stories and poetry but never before written with the view to publishing my work. This is also the first time I've written for children. 

 

My inspiration

The idea of a children’s book came to me, when i was walking my dog along the boulder bank on a typically sunny day in Nelson. The first line of Into Another Dimension just popped into my head. When I got home and wrote this down the words just seem to run onto the pages. Amazingly, once I got going and mind-mapped the plot and characters, I had the book finished in less than five months. The direction of my writing had a complete change of course, from business and technical writer I had become a fiction writer and so the direction of my business changed as well.

Before I sent the book to publishers I got some of my target audience to read the first draft. I was knocked out when the first response came. The subject line of the email read “Review of your awesome book.” This gave me the courage to take the bull by the horns and send it to publishers.  

My literary influences

As a child, I loved the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton and also books like the Hobbit and Swallows and Amazons. I never thought about writing for children and through my life I have started, but never finished, a number of books for an adult audience. I think the biggest influence and some adults may see this in my style, was the Enid Blyton book, The Faraway Tree.

The one message i'd like to convey to your readers

Writing for Children is fun and you really can let you humour take over and be as imaginative as you like. But it is always good to try and have a message. For me the message is that good will conquer evil.

The sense of pride in holding a printed book with your name on the cover and spine can’t be matched.

Now that the book is published and I have a marketing strategy I am busy with reading sessions at local school, a book launch in July (Saturday 8 at Nelson Library 11 - 12.30 and a road trip in August.

If you have a venue and would like me to do a book signing or reading please contact me with details

I love the characters of Into Another Dimension so much I decided I would, like Enid Blyton, make a series. I have called it the Hathaways Series, using my maternal great, great grandmothers’ family name. I‘ve sent the second in the series, currently called The Mystery of the Disappearing Translators, to a number of publishers and have already had a positive response. This will be a two part book and I am a good way to completing part two.  

I set myself daily targets and although the creative juices don’t flow all the time, I try to do something towards getting the third book completed. This may include some research or doing some of the record keeping required for the business side of being a writer. Without a work plan it’s too easy, especially on fine days, to be side tracked. If you are thinking of writing for publication put a work plan in place and above all map your plot and characters. Happy writing.

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2 Comments

Reply Sarah
1:15 on 14 June, 2017 
That is good advice about the work plan. Thanks
Reply Mike Wood
20:09 on 20 July, 2017 
I purchased a copy of this book. As an adult I was sad to see editing errors. However I read it to my seven year old. She loved it. Read another chapter was part of our nightly conversation until it was done. I'll be watching out for the next book. Hope you get a better publisher next time though