Hazel Edwards
“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Non Fiction:  

Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author

       Title:"Not Just a Piece of Cake:Being An Author"

ISBN:1922175803      978-1922175809

e-book  987-1-925367-23-2

Author: Hazel Edwards

Publisher: Brolga

Available from Readings, Booktopia & Angus & Robertson

& Fishpond  

Formats: Print , Audio and eBook 

Audio:  KobeBooktopia , Scribd , Google Play

Alchemy lists Hazel's e-books to buy online.

ReadHowYouWant   various formats. Kindle available  

Author Hazel & Hippo book  Author Hazel Edwards (photo Say_Heidi) 

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NEWS

Just out! Audio of memoir .Recorded by Voices of Today and narrated by Erin White

Available Kobe and others online soon.

Readign AmbassadorVoices of Today Audio of 'Not Just a Piece of Cake'

 Includes being beset in polar ice while researching on an ANARE Antarctic expedition to Casey Station.

And some fun hippo intro music.

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Cake-eating hippo celebrates 40th anniversary! 40 Fun memories The Two of Us .pdf .

 

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 'Not Just a Piece of Cake'  takes the reader behind the books. It's about risk-taking: intellectual and physical. This quirky memoir shares the diverse workstyle of a long term author, who also has a family. 

Collaborating with illustrators, performers, co-authors and even family.  Heart tugging fan mail. Literary speed dating with characters. Dealing with the Plateau of Boredom and the Map of Serendipity. But also sharing 'the process of the process of writing' and why storytelling matters culturally, and personally. And why a 6 year old knew she wanted to be an author.

6 year old HazelSignpost Hazel at 17

6 year old Hazel:                         17 year old ready to travel :              

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A memoir is only a slice of a life.  

Of interest to:

  • Nostalgic fans across three generations
  • Aspiring writers & creators 
  • Those interested in the realistic process of creativity
  • Family/worklife time/energy balance

28 Lana StreetOriginal Hippo Trio

Leaking roof inspired hippo.             Original trio of hippo story creators.

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Curriculum Links:  

English:Understand how content, structure,voice and perspective in texts, shape responses and interpretations.

'Not Just a Piece of Cake'...Chapters include:

  • Anecdultery
  • Deadlines
  • Back to School Day
  • Literary Speed dating
  • Plateau of Boredom
  • Story Stealing
  • General Store and the Cobwebs of Ideas

General Store

  • Fan Mail
  • Highlights of Hippo History....100 memories 

Danish Palace Thankyou

  • Choosing Apt Titles
  • Come and Meet My Camel
  • Is Writing Your Family Trade?
  • Domestic Survival; Being a Parent and a Writer
  • Mentoring Minties and Hazelnuts
  • Do You Put Real People in Your Stories?
  • Banned
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • Antarctic Writer on ice

  • Ideas Addict
  • Why Collaborate?
  • Charitable Overload
  • On Tour
  • Not Just a Piece of Cake.

OAM for Literature

OAM for Literature 2013 Government House.

Interviews, Reviews and Profiles

 Good Reads reviews

'...quest to master the art of intrinsic motivation ,so vital to a creative life.' Anne Ryan

'Realistic for aspiring writers.' Megan Higginsons

'Practicalities of juggling family life with creative time.' Felicity Marshall

'Workload Involved.'Errol Broome

'Encouraging friendships within the book world...'.Mich Layet

'Couldn't put it down...' Wendy Tuckett

'Resembles how memories really surface & poses questions.' Ryan Kennedy

'Breaking Down Stereotypes  ... ' Anna Ciddor

a most valuable resource for aspiring writers pdf...' Juliet Sampson

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 'A must- read ...Should be read by anyone who loves good anecdultery.'  Shauna Hicks historian.

 'Inspires those who wish to begin the author's journey and those on that journey.'  

Susanne_Gervay  Buzz Words

'An easy to read biography ...'Robyn Floyd . Amazon.

'memoir of an author... .' Pauline Luke . Amazon.

 '...a rather unusual book...'The Senior   Review

'how to find inspiration...'..' Lynette Williams. Amazon

George Ivanoff  Literary Clutter, ...'...a lovely conversational tone...

Booktopia Logo Jam-Packed  with sage advice. Mark Carthew. Booktopia.

 ..shares creative process via anecdultery.pdf  Kids' Book Review. Anastasia Gonis

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Booksbywomen ' Situation Vacant.Writing my Memoir pdf ' candid process.

Firebirdfeathers ...thoughtful interview by Sophie Masson re memoir.

Varuna Alumni ...profile re memoir

The Great Raven  & 'Anecdultery' Q & A. 

Gippsland Blog Interview 'general store' childhood influences on becoming a writer.

The Weekly Review  Where I Grew Up :Alamein

Lee Kofman's The Writing Life: Guest Blog on Mapping Creativity and the Plateau of Boredom.pdf

13 Tips for Family Historians Marketing a Memoir.pdf

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Events & Appearances 2021

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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2021 

JANUARY

Jan 12th   ZOOM U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year

FEBRUARY

14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic  Book here. 'For the Love of Writing' Festival 

Feb 16th ZOOM  'Role of New Media'

Feb 20th  12.15  ZOOM with Suzanne Gervay 'The Two of Us: Collaborating' 

MAY

May 4th 6pm Rivoli Camberwell  Dymocks 21st celebration  Book

May  7th  Photo shoot  Seven Steps Writing .

JULY

AUGUST

Children's Book Week 

Aug 5th 10 AM  Onine about Hijabi Girl :Torrens Primary ACT

7.30 pm Online mentoring 

August 6th  10 am PROV Online mentoring 

August 27th AGM  Society of Women Writers (Vic) 11am Zoom.

SEPTEMBER

Australia Reads Ambassador 

Sept 14th Australia Reads: Ambassador Hazel reading Hippo

Sept 22nd  Zoom 1pm  Malvern 'Survival Skills for Writers During Lockdown.'

Sept 27 th  8pm Writing Muslim Children's Books  Bookings 

Sept 29th  Zoom 6.30-8.30 'A Night of Crime: Society of Women Writers(Vic)   

NOVEMBER

Nov 10th :  Judge: SWW National Writing Competition. Sydney Zoom.

2022

January

Jan 11th (Tues) 10am  U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Non- Boring Writing'


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