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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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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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Spreading my 'Author Wings' through school visits by Georgie Donaghey - Part 2.

In my last blog post, I talked about my experiences with K-2 school visits. In this post, I share what I have learned from visiting grades 3 - 6. I guess it's more the older kids that scare me the most, although that fear is slowly being replaced with confidence that comes with each school visit. The older kid's sessions are where you can really le...
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Spreading my 'Author Wings' through school visits by Georgie Donaghey - Part 1.

Beaming little faces, big hugs, lots of laughter, high fives and the occasional tears. That sums up my experience with school visits. No joke, there have been tears shed and not by me. I've tipped toed around school visits over the years doing a few here and there, but as my book list grows so does the need for me to get out there. It's what I have...
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Welcome.

I have written and re-written this post dozens of times. After all, the first one should be magnificent; it should be memorable, it should inspire. Shouldn't it? Confidence is something I have always wrestled with, and despite my success with Creative Kids Tales, I find it hard to go out there and sell myself. For me, promoting myself is daunting. ...
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