My name is Paula Hayes and my middle readers novel, Lily in the Mirror was published in 2016 by Fremantle Press and was a CBCA Notable for 2017 and received great reviews. I have also produced four children, now adults and teens, all are Notable in their own special way. Sometimes, I can’t bear to read their reviews. I have many manuscripts for early readers, middle readers and young adult readers. I seem to be drawn to magical realism as a genre, somewhere between the grit of real life and the fantasy of a sugar plum fairy.
What is your writing process?
I started off setting aside one day to concentrate on writing now I am trying to write everyday. I start off trying to capture all the things my characters have whispered to me in my dreams or as I doze. I can be sitting in the car waiting for the lights to change and suddenly a plot lightning bulb will strike me! Mostly I sit in my family room shooshing kids and waving them away as I bang away at the computer
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favourite books include The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, Great Expectation by Charles Dickens and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey and The Shark Net by Robert Drewe.
Sixteen-year-old Finn thinks he is living in a madhouse, his family is falling apart and strange inexplicable things keep happening. Could it be that Finn is living in a dark fairy tale and needs courage to face his nightmares.
Three sixteen year old mismatched best friends inadvertently summon the soul of a lost WW1 teen soldier. Mayhem and madness are the natural result as the four work out you need HEART to solve an old mystery and to be a true friend.