I am doing a series of interviews with invited guest speakers and other conference attendees: a Pre-AFCC 2013 Glitter, if you will. A shower of golden fairy dust and pixie glitter and virtual confetti to signal the coming of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content this year!
Today, I am very excited to welcome Candy Gourlay back in GatheringBooks. Candy was our featured storyteller in May/June 2012 last year and we also did several interviews with her in connection with her multi-award winning YA novel, Tall Story. I am very excited to see her again and I was glad to note that we would be together in Manila for the Little Lit Festival, right after the AFCC.
I understand that you will be doing a session on Blogging “Tweeting and Blogging as Authors” – could you let our readers know what they should look forward to during this panel?
Tweeting and blogging is a natural fit for authors because we authors tend to be verbal that way … but it’s full of danger. As master procrastinators authors can easily become so involved in tweeting and blogging that they forget about what’s really important – writing their books!
Another session that you will be a part of is “Grabbing your reader’s attention: Lights! Conflict! Action! The Hero’s Journey” – do give us a sampler of what to expect in this discussion?
The Hero’s Journey – also known as Monomyth – is a pattern found in many narratives in the world. It was identified by Joseph Campbell, an American academic. What to expect? Lots of Pixar and Star Wars!
What are you most looking forward to during this year’s Festival?
Last time I was at the festival I thought the audience of people from all over Asia was totally mind blowing! I am looking forward to making many new friends and discovering more writing that I would otherwise not be able to access in the UK. That, and food! Singapore is food heaven after London!
What do you love most about AFCC?
I get the feeling that the advent of the AFCC is a turning point in Asian book life – no other event brings together film makers, authors, illustrators and books from all over the region as well as their readers . It promises to become the Bologna of Asia!