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Welcome to my blog – a place where I will share my journey; the things I learn along the way and the people and places that inspire me.

In the Shadow of an Elephant launch.

​ It's no secret that writing In the Shadow of an Elephant was an emotionally charged experience for me. Allowing raw emotion to flow onto the page is as cathartic as it is confronting. Not only was I working through the grief of losing my mother, but I also wanted to offer a legacy to the girl who had endured her own tragic loss and had been trium...
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The Story Behind the Story - In the Shadow of an Elephant by Georgie Donaghey

In the Shadow of an Elephant is my grief story.  At the 2016 SCBWI conference I was approached by a publisher wishing to express her condolences on the recent passing of my mother. We chatted for a bit and she asked me if I had written anything since my mother passed. After watching my mother deteriorate over nine years to Lewy Bodies Dem...
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Memories of my time with Kate DiCamillo by Georgie Donaghey

After reading Kate DiCamillo's latest book, Louisiana's Way Home I reminisced about the beautiful autumn morning in June 2017 I spent chatting over coffee with the two-time Newberry Medallist. The sun was beaming through the taxi window as I made my way to meet an author whom I had admired for many years. I attempted to steady my nerves, but there ...
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Little Spiral by Pat Simmons - Book Review.

'In a pearl-like egg, hidden in the rainforest, Little Spiral grows.' It was this magical beginning from Pat Simmons delicious new book, Little Spiral that dragged me from my book review hiatus. Nature can be one of the harshest environments to navigate. Little Spiral must not only survive his early day's but must also learn to thrive and continue ...
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Never too old by Georgie Donaghey

I recently found myself deep in thought, with three kids and a busy life, time to reflect doesn't happen too often. While washing the dishes I'd drifted back in time to my youth, as I said time to reflect doesn't happen often and washing the dishes is usually when the rest of the household scatters, so I am guaranteed time to myself. My reflection ...
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Music and Writing by Georgie Donaghey

I've heard this talked about a lot lately and never really paid it much thought, as it goes hand in hand when I am writing. It wasn't until I attended a recent course at my local writers' centre and the presenter talked about the importance of playing music when he writes. The surprised reaction from his attentive audience got me thinking; how many...
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Mentor or Superhero? by Georgie Donaghey

During your writing career you will have many questions, be confronted with many obstacles and let's face it sometimes you will be pulling your hair out and wondering why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. It happens to all of us, even those who have been writing for many years. What is a mentor? A mentor is a person who guides a less ex...
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Faber Writing Academy Alumni by Georgie Donaghey

I am proud to say I am an alumni of the Faber Writing Academy. Although the children's writing community is wonderfully supportive, it can be soul-crushingly isolating. When you hit one of your writing goals, your writing family is there to celebrate your achievement. But the road to those achievements can be few and far between for the most part o...
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