Author: Alan Kemp

Welcome, Alan Kemp….

Alan Kemp~head and shoulders

 Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine? Beer?

 Beer, please.

 *Hands a beer to Alan*

Glass of beer

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I worked in construction for nearly 20 years before becoming a lecturer, I am now a high school maths teacher but enjoy restoring vintage caravans as a hobby.

What is the title and genre of your book?

My book is titled Callahan the Camper van and is a Children’s picture book.

Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

I write as though I am Callahan and experiencing the sights, sounds and feelings he is.

How did you come up with the story?

I often attend VW rallies and love to look at the restored vans, this was the inspiration for the story.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

I chose the cover from a number of illustrations I had commissioned.

Alan Kemp~front cover on Amazon

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Never give up and know your limitations.

What is your writing routine?

When I have an idea I just jot it down, then when I have a quiet moment I put the meat on the bones.

Do you have an editing process?

When I think it is finished I get my wife Tracey to proof read it, then I split it into pages around what I think would make a good illustration, finally I put ideas down as to what the illustrations should be before sending it to my illustrator.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I like using my imagination to picture and feel the adventures that I develop for Callahan. 

Where can people find you on the internet?

I am currently on Facebook, Amazon, YouTube and Twitter

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Callahan-Camper-Van-Alan-Kemp/dp/1537663607/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500546404&sr=8-1&keywords=callahan+the+camper+van

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Callahan-the-Camper-Van-191220104676479/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-yucfkK7s8

Twitter: https://twitter.com/?lang=en-gb  

 

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

My sons were raised on Thomas the Tank Engine and I feel this has had a large influence on the adventures of Callahan. I am currently working on book 2, Callahan and the Warrior asp Gang.

I am appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture in Lowestoft on Sat 9th and Sun 10th Sept and would love see my readers there.

Thank you for a lovely interview….

You’re welcome and thank you for taking time out to tell us about your fabulous book and we look forward to hearing when book two is published.

Alan Kemp~front cover on Amazon

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Callahan-Camper-Van-Alan-Kemp/dp/1537663607/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500546404&sr=8-1&keywords=callahan+the+camper+van

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Busy! Busy! Busy!

It’s been a busy time for some members of the Waveney Author Group.

Here are some of them at The Loddon Street Fayre:

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Under the willow tree

We were in the red gazebos under the beautiful willow tree in the Millenium Gardens, aptly named Literary Garden for the day.

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Sandra showing us her new t-shirt

Aisha reading

ADP Sorisi reading from her book ‘Tutankhamun:  He Is Born (Book 1)

Me and a buyer

Suzan has just signed for this lady

Viv supporting us

Sandra Delf book signing

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Sandra Joanne Forder and Sandra Delf (on the right).

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10 members of the Waveney Author Group are invited to TAKE OVER the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. Some arrived by bus, some by car and these, well…

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Having arrived at Norwich Station authors Davina Baron, Suzan Collins, Diana Bettinson and Enrico the much loved character ‘Big Fella’ from Bertie’s Diary, get a photo before climbing into the taxi.

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Busy start to the day for Diana Bettinson and ADP Sorisi.

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Diana Bettinson delighting readers with tales from her book, ‘GARI’.

Viv reading

Davina Baron reading from her book, ‘Bertie’s Diary’.

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Suzan Collins reading ‘Stealing Poop’ from the Chatty Cat book series ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’.

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Sandra Delf reading from her book, ‘Keep Smiling Through’.

It was a really busy day and we didn’t get chance to photograph all of the 10 members. Sorry.

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Until next time, happy reading x

Library Takeover!

 

It’s an exciting time for members of the Waveney Author Group. We have some aspiring authors and some already published authors who are busy putting the final touches to their books prior to publication. Ten authors will be reading and talking about their work at this fabulous event.

Milenium Library~poster for Waveney Author Group visit on 30th May 2017

Milenium Library~FINAL poster ~with times

Southwold Boating Lake & Tea Room

The Waveney Author Group had a lovely meeting at the Southwold Boating Lake & Tea Room and the food was delicious.

WAG meeting at Southwold Boating Lake April 2017

Writers: Franky Sayer, Anne Griffiths, Helen Thwaites, Rosie Owen, Julie Bernandas, Shirley Newstead, Suzan Collins, Sandra Delf, Gwenyth Clare Lyons, Jacqui Kefford, Stephanie Carr, Pat Casselden, Aisha Khalaf and Enid Thwaites.

Thank you for hosting us.

 

 

 

 

WAGs raise money for charity

In between thinking about writing a book,  writing a book, reading through what they’ve written and writing more members also take time out of their busy schedules to raise money for charity. I was fortunate to join fellow authors Elizabeth Manning Ives, Sandra Joanne Forder, Enid Thwaites and Sandra Delf at the East Coast Authors event at The Swan Hotel in Loddon recently to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.  To see pics please go to https://suzancollins.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/east-coast-authors-join-together-to-raise-money-for-charity/

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Waveney Author Group meeting at The Wherry Hotel to discuss progress with their writing and finalising things for the forthcoming East Anglian Festival of Culture Meet the Author Weekend at The Coconut Loft.

Pictured from l-r: Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Lottie Thorn, Sandra Forder, Sandra Delf, Suzan Collins, Franky Sayer, Rosie Owen, Shirley Newstead and Enid Thwaites.

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Many WAGS attended the East Anglian Festival of Culture last weekend (12th/13th Nov 2016)

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Tricia Cass reading her debut novel, ‘No Going Back.’

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Elizabeth Manning-Ives talking about her third novel, ‘When Tomorrow Comes’.

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Franky Sayer talking about her forthcoming debut book, ‘The PepperAsh Locket’.

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Sandra Delf talking about her debut book, ‘Keep Smiling Through: Second World War – Letters from Prisoner of War Camps’.

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Stephanie Carr talking about her debut book, ‘An Ordinary Girl with an Extra Ordinary Gift’.

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Sandra Joanne Forder talking about her new book, ‘Woolly Pig’s Woolly Jumper’.

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Lottie Thorn with her new covers for the Mabel series.

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Authors Sandra Delf, Diana Fernando and Enid Thwaites.

Busy week for some WAGS

Last weekend many of the WAGs were at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (#Eafoc) showcasing their books and reading their work.http://www.eastanglianfestivalofculture.co.uk/

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Lucy and Hilary

Lucille Rayner & Lottie Thorn

Group photo by the Lifegaurd Station

Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Jo Wilde, Tricia Cass, Bronwen Grono, Lucille Rayner, Suzan Collins, Lottie Thorn, Pam Finch, Enid Thwaites

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On the Thursday authors Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Enid Thwaites, Tricia Cass, Sandra Delf and Suzan Collins were delighted to be back at the fabulous Saxmundham Library. A fantastic group and one that is genuinely interested in the authors and their progress.

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The authors look forward to going back next year with more new releases and it’s the authors turn to buy the cakes next time!