Writing Podcast Episode 594: Charlotte Barkla on her latest novel ’11 Ruby Road: 1900′.

Meet Charlotte Barkla, who discusses her latest novel 11 Ruby Road: 1900, a series set over a hundred years in the same house, capturing the essence of family, friendship, community, and historical events. Charlotte shares her journey from engineering and teaching to becoming a children's author, the challenges and joys of writing for young readers, and her processes in research and idea generation for her books. The episode concludes with insights into authors' careers, tips for writers, and a library's unique cat-themed event promoting book forgiveness.

You can listen to the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or add the podcast RSS feed manually to your favourite podcast app.  

00:00 Welcome to the world of writing and publishing
02:18 Nat's writing tips
06:48 Win Butter by Asako Yuzuki
09:10 Word of the week: cupreous
11:19 Meet Charlotte Barkla, author of 11 Ruby Road: 1900
18:26 Journey into middle grade writing
18:41 The art of writing for younger readers
19:20 Behind the scenes of 11 Ruby Road: 1900
19:42 Researching for historical accuracy
22:57 The creative process and series planning
23:52 Navigating the publishing world
24:31 Balancing creativity and commitments
25:38 Engaging with readers beyond the page
28:59 Finding inspiration and managing ideas
35:36 Advice for aspiring authors
38:21 Closing thoughts and fun library fact

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Writer in residence: Charlotte Barkla

Charlotte Barkla worked as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, middle-grade fiction and feature articles.

Charlotte’s books include the Edie’s Experiments series and All Bodies are Good Bodies. When she’s not writing or running school workshops, you might find her teaching, reading, spending time with her family or drinking coffee. Lots of coffee.

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This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers' Centre and our course Writing Children’s Novels.

Find out more about your host, Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo on Twitter and @valeriekhoo on Instagram).

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