With Wish Upon a Southern Star soon to be launched in September, it is my pleasure to introduce you in advance to each of the contributing authors and to give you a taste of their work.
Today, meet Goldie Alexander and find out about her story,
"Jacqui and the GM Beanstalk."
Goldie’s 85 prizewinning books and short stories appear internationally. She writes in almost every genre and has won many awards for her short stories and three notables, the most important for My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove, which appears in almost every primary school library and is published overseas as My Story: Transported.
Her most recent novels for young adults include That Stranger Next Door and In Hades: a verse novel, shortlisted in 2015 for an Aurealis Award. Recent books for older children include The Youngest Cameleer, Neptunia, My Holocaust Story: Hanna, and Cybertricks, recently given a CBCA Notable. She speaks in schools, tertiary and community centres, festivals and also runs classes in creative and memoir writing. Her website is www.goldiealexander.com
A Conversation with Goldie
1. Goldie, why do you write?
Basically, I can’t think of anything else I would rather do. Though the process can sometimes be difficult, even painful, I believe writing is part of who I am.
2) Why do you think fairy tales remain relevant today?
Fairy tales have a long oral tradition intended to act as metaphors for possible danger or as messages for ‘good’ or’ bad’ behaviour or actions. All contain certain common elements, a protagonist who may be flawed but is essentially good; a quest, a known or unknown antagonist, and a happy ending. Every mystery and detective story contains these elements, which is why they are still so popular. Essentially, it is a battle between good and evil, but good always triumphs. People like to believe that this will always come true.
3) What was your favourite fairy tale as a child? Why did you like it so much then and is it still a favourite or has it been replaced and why?
I don’t recall having a favourite. I do recall a collection that was read to me when I was still too young to read them myself and loving them all. Twisting a fairy tale so it becomes contemporary is a fun way to approach this genre.
4) What is your favourite fairy tale retelling by another author? Why is it a favourite?
Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes”, published in 1982. They are wonderfully funny.
5) Can you tell us a little about your retold fairy tale?
Jack is now a girl called Jacqui. Her father is hoping for a big win on the poker machines that will make his family and farm rich. But when Jacqui buys genetically modified seeds, the unexpected happens.
A taste of Goldie's story...
My dad Robert has grey hair, a nose like a cudgel from falling off the tractor and a mouth as wide as a shed door. He’s always loved to joke and laugh. But ever since this drought set in, the only thing that can bring a smile onto his face is playing the poker machines at the Station Hotel.
Poker machines work like this: a player feeds dollar coins into a slot and hits certain buttons. Reels on the front rotate. If you’re lucky enough to hit a jackpot, lights blaze, music plays, and coins tumble out. Only last year, Fred Stint from our next-door farm hit a jackpot. Fred bought a new 4X4 and his kids got new bikes, roller-blades, iPods, computers, mobile phones, TV and DVDs. Then Fred flew the family to Disneyland. Now everyone touches the Stints for luck.
Want to find out what happens next?
Read the full story in
Wish Upon a Southern Star
(release date 2 September 2017)
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(or wait for the release date to order your paperback copy from Amazon)
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Saturday 2nd September, 2pm
at the South Library, Christchurch
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