Author Archive: Hazel Edwards

An avid reader (who read under the bedclothes and in the bath), as a young girl, Hazel Edwards wrote her first novel in grade six, a mystery about adventurous children stuck in a mine. This passion for writing and character development continued and after working as a secondary school teacher, at twenty-seven, Hazel published her first novel, ‘General Store’, a book based on life in a rural town.
It is Hazel’s third published work however that is her most well known, the children’s picture book classic,‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’.

Published titles include ‘f2m:the boy within’,  a co-written, young adult novel about gender transition, picture book Stickybeak and the Frequent Flyer Twins series.

Hazel has collaborated with experts in various fields to publish adult non-fiction titles such as such as ‘Difficult Personalities’, ‘Friends’, ‘Committeeitus’ and ‘Simply Events’ and helps people craft interesting stories about their ancestry in her popular workshop based on her book ‘Writing a Non- Boring Family History”.
 
Hazel Edwards (www.hazeledwards.com) has published 200 books for adults and children, with mainstream and small publishers and now has her own eBookstore on her website. Hazel also runs book-linked workshops on ‘Authorpreneurship’ and ‘Writing a Non-Boring Family History’.
 
A recipient of the 2009 ASA Medal, Hazel is a 2012 Year of Reading National Ambassador. She is married with two adult children and grandkids for whom she writes a story each birthday. Recently she updated her business card from writer to ‘Authorpreneur’.
 
‘Authorpreneurship;The Business of Creativity’ published by Keesing Press is her most recent book. E-pub version available from her online bookstore
 
Follow Australian author Hazel Edwards on Twitter @muirmoir.

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Rueful Crime Writing & Crime-lettes

Rueful Crime Writing & Crime-lettes

  It’s the motives rather than the gruesome, violent and bloody details which interest me about crime. In fiction, often my narrator’s tone is rueful rather than brutal when things don’t go as planned.  Especially if the narrator intends removing a seriously unpleasant character. And maybe is the avenger as well as the sleuth. Getting […]

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

My two most ‘risky’ cultural projects have been co-writing ‘f2m: the boy within’, the first Young Adult novel about transitioning gender co-written by an ftm, and ‘Hijabi Girl’ a fun, junior chapter book which had 41 rejections from traditional publishers before I self -published. I’m not trans and I’m not Muslim. But I do take […]

June 15, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

‘Are you going to enrol for a Phd?’ As a longterm author with a varied back list, learning digital skills was a higher priority. ‘No. I’m going to do an e-apprenticeship instead.’ I opted for a digital apprenticeship to revitalize my literary output. Mistake or a significant learning experience? I needed to re-organise my literary […]

April 16, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Situation Vacant: Writing My Memoir

Situation Vacant: Writing My Memoir

Business memoirs are read in airports by corporates looking for effective strategies. First-timers also look at the style in which others write. And what to leave out. Family history travelers try to organize their material, without alienating friends and family. Writing a corporate biography requires the same skills as writing a personal memoir, plus a […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Creative-Hyphenate?

Creative-Hyphenate?

‘What do you do?’ I used to say ‘I’m an author’. Now I’m not sure. The challenge for many free lancers in the creative arts is to describe their occupation. Usually they have several skills in their portfolio for artistic challenge, variety AND in order to pay the bills. Last week, a 4 year old […]

June 10, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
Family Involvement in writing; Reluctant, Conscripted or Volunteered?

Family Involvement in writing; Reluctant, Conscripted or Volunteered?

‘Is writing, your family trade?’ was a recent question at a literary festival. I hadn’t thought of authorship that way before,  the answer probably  is ‘yes.’ My family has done the ‘word’ apprenticeship voluntarily, reluctantly or been conscripted. The family of a writer can’t help involvement in books, either reading them, inspiring or being captured […]

March 23, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More
Introducing Authorpreneurship

Introducing Authorpreneurship

The business of creativity is changing, not just in the formats in which ideas are presented internationally but also how authors perceive themselves. Today, a creator needs to be an ‘authorpreneur’. What is Authorpreneurship? Author = originator Entrepreneur = seller who initiates Apart from crafting words or images for specific audiences, ‘authorpreneurship’ means learning the marketing, publicity, […]

November 29, 2012 | By | 8 Replies More
Challenging Typecasting as an Author

Challenging Typecasting as an Author

“You’ve co-written a YA novel about transitioning gender! But I thought you only wrote nice children’s picture books like ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’?” I’m seen as a mainstream, Australian children’s author, especially as I’m now a grandmother.  I have been typecast as a children’s picture book writer, and my regular readers […]

July 11, 2012 | By | 11 Replies More