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Hi my name is Stephanie and i really enjoyed reading “The Garden Of Empress Cassia”. I know that you have other books like “The Pearl Of Tiger Bay” & “The Hidden Monastery” & “Kids Night In 2” & “When We Were Young”. I have read all of them but i am reading now “The Pearl […]
Do you remember Maddison? any way i get so exited when you email me. you make me feel as if i’m in the book. i hope you never stop writing books but i guess after a while its you just stop. I hope this isn’t to private but do you have any brothers or sisters?I […]
Hello Gabrielle, My grandaughter has borrowed your books from her school library, and then passed them on to me to read, her favourite being Empress of Cassia, as she, Maddison has been in art classes for  a little over 12 months.  So the Empress of Cassia has a great meaning to her, I also paint […]
dear gabreella please please write another book i have nothing to read and enjoy in the summer when i don’t have one of yourbooks, Thomas
Hi Gabriella,My name is Ebony.  How Are you? I have just finished reading The garden of Empress Cassia and I am doing a book report on it which is due tomorrow, (arrrrgh) and I am not nearly ready for it. I really liked the Garden of Empress Cassia.  You are a very talented writer (as […]
Dear Gabrielle, my name is Imogen and i am nearly 11 years old.i love your books, especially The pearl of tiger bay.i also have The Garden of Empress Cassia. i have 2 guinea pigs, 1 called GP and 1 called Ginger,who is extremely FAT!!!!i like the way you create characters, such as Mimi.
My name is Esther and i am in Year 6. My background is South Korea and i also have a lot of pets. I have a dog called Blancer, four birds and a goldfish Gilbert.( My goldfish’s name frequently changes depending on the mood im in hehe) I just finished your book, ‘The Hidden Monastery’, […]
Hi Gabrielle, Thank you so much for the the inspiration you gave me at the Somerset Festival – your magic has certainly spurred me on! I just wanted to let you know that Gabriell and I have both finished reading The Garden of Empress Cassia.   What a gem of a book – I can certainly […]
This beautiful Tawny Frogmouth I saw on my walk the other day nesting in the branches of the oak tree outside my house. A few years
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 I know I’m a bit behind to post this illustration of a tiger. The Year of the Tiger seemed to go by so fast and now it is almost over. This is a card from my horoscope card series
Here are some illustrations from my first picture book Kalah, written a life time ago now around 1982. It never got published and looking back at it I can see why.
In a park in Shanghai, a lady paints characters on the paving stones. She uses only water. She is writing a poem. But in the summer heat, the characters evaporate almost as fast as they are written. The poem is simply for that moment and then it is gone.
Writing has been such a priority for me over the past 8 years that I have neglected the artist inside. And as we all know, if you want to get better at anything you need to practice, practice, practice.
As an ambassador for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge I will be appearing at
Sometimes I feel as if I’m on a giant ferris wheel and my carriage is stuck way up at the top. I’m looking down wondering when they’ll get the wheel moving again. Well, at the moment my carriage has finally touched the ground and while I can, I’m stretching my legs and writing this blog.
This time of year is a feverish time for all children’s authors. There is Children’s Book Week where schools request authors to give talks over the course
I have had a lovely four weeks working in my son and daughter’s old primary school. The grade 3 children have been a delight and are so so talented.
I am slowly working my way back through my books and making a book trailer for each one. Here is the latest teaser for A Ghost in My Suitcase.
me encanto tu libro el jardin de la emperatriz casia en este ,momaento lo estoy estudiando en mi colegio blaise pascal colombia
Dear Ms Wang, I’m Jemma and I’m writing to you because at school we have been doing some researching for a project on an author and I choose you. So far I’ve read 3 of your beautiful books,”Tiger Bay” rank 10/10, “Ghost in my Suitcase” rank 91/2 /10 and “The Lion Drummer” rank 91/2 /10. […]
I have been having an inspiring and fun time working with grade three students at my son and daughter’s old school, Auburn South Primary.
Last night I was on the stage at Booktalkers with two other YA authors, Kathryn Lomer What Now Tilda B? and Michelle Cooper The FitzOsbornes in Exile, Book 2 of the Montmaray Journals. Arranged by the Centre for Youth Literature for teacher librarians, the discussion centred around
In case you want to come along, I will be appearing at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Wednesday 1st Sept at 10am with Kate Forsyth, 11.15am with Kirsty Murray and solo on Thursday 2nd Sept at 10am.
I love Google Alerts because without it I wouldn’t have seen this great review of Little Paradise on ALPHA READER, MY SOLO BOOK CLUB. If only someone in the film industry would read the review too, it might just convince a movie producer to adapt the novel to screen. But that is purely wishful thinking on […]
I always find dialogue the hardest of all to write. Here is some excellent advice from Janet Fitch- A Few Thoughts About Dialogue
For those of you who maybe interested in making a DIY book trailer, here is how I went about it.
I received new copies of Little Paradise Audio book today from my publisher, which is always very exciting. But my excitement is often tinged with trepidation.
Last week I spent five days teaching a bunch of very talented teenagers about writing. They were truly inspiring to work with and their enthusiasm knew no bounds. They had given up a week of their holidays to do the workshop. About half wanted to be authors, the others didn’t know yet.
I have just received an ARC – that’s an advanced reading copy of Cath Crowley’s new YA novel Graffiti Moon. I can’t wait to read it.
Last year, I worked with a group of students from migrant and refugee backgrounds in a series of creative writing workshops at Maroondah Secondary College.
“A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light. I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it […]
When I was studying graphic design at RMIT, I majored in photographic design and one of my dreams at that time was to become a movie director. I even made a short film for one of my assignments which was centred around a chessboard. If it sounds familiar my heroes were Bergman, Fellini and my […]
The Race for the Chinese Zodiac is very much a traditional tale. It begins ‘‘Long ago in Ancient China’’ and ends ‘‘And that is why, to this very day, cats have hated rats’’. It tells the tale of 13 animals who race across a river to decide which animals will become part of the Chinese Zodiac, which has only 12 categories. Gabrielle […]
I returned from the Sunshine Coast hinterland with a tick in the top of my head.
No dandelions growing around where I’m staying but Catsears are prolific and just as good to eat. Catsear and dandelions make great salads. In Chinese medicine dandelions are cooling and work to detox the body.
“But the Kelvar can flee or defend themselves, whereas the Olvar that grow cannot. And among these I hold trees dear” (from Tolkein’s Silmarillion) Spending a week in an elegant place within beautiful surroundings is the perfect medicine for writing. You can’t waste a moment, especially if you are paying for the privilege.
Thank you to everyone who commented and asked questions on The Age newspaper website blog about my chapter in the MS Readathon competition.
I went to Shanghai in search of Mirabel, the character in my latest novel, Little Paradise. I walked the winding tree-lined streets of the old French and International concessions and pushed through the crowds of Nanjing Road and the Bund.
I have just returned from a trip to Shanghai and Nanjing presenting books gifted to Shanghai and Nanjing libraries by 49 Australian children’s authors.
Being a writer of children’s fiction has its benefits in the age race. When I’m writing a novel, I inhabit the mind of my young protagonist. At the moment I’m 11, going on 12 which
I have heard time and time again from friends, acquaintances, even strangers, how wonderful my mother is. She has this strange effect on people. When she leaves the room people make this comment. But it wasn’t until my mother broke her wrist and I had to take her to the hospital, that I discovered why.
Kate Forsyth talks about the inspiration behind her new fantasy novel, THE WILDKIN’S CURSE which will be released in May. It just goes to show that when you have a story to tell, even a little newborn babe cannot stop the flow of words and ideas.
I finished the Stieg Larsson books the other day and have to say I rather enjoyed them. It took a little while to get used to the Swedish names and I felt The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The longer I write the more I feel like the woman in the famous 1964 Japanese movie ‘The Woman in the Dunes’. This film has haunted me ever since I first saw it years ago as a teenager. One of the lines in the film is ‘Are you shovelling sand to live, or living to […]
I love reading spooky stories but not before I go to bed. My imagination is a little too overactive. SHORT AND SCARY is a a small book but it’s packed with 216 short stories, poems and illustrations by some of your favourite authors and illustrators. Carole Wilkinson, Shaun Tan, James Roy, Andy Griffiths,
The Children’s Book Council of Australia has just announced its Shortlist and Notable list. I was very pleased to learn that  A Ghost in My Suitcase was named a Notable Book.
I am lucky. I have a house that stands on a hill so I can lie in bed and see trees and sky and the horizon. I can talk to the birds in the daytime. And the bats flying passed my window at night. I can see the stars turning.
This waffle recipe is the best I’ve tasted. I think it’s the oats that make all the difference. They are light, crunchy and so delicious.
I love this review of Little Paradise written by Australian journalist and author, Helene Chung. Her book Ching Chong China Girl is published by Harper Collins. 
I interviewed Sally about how she went about illustrating THE RACE FOR THE CHINESE ZODIAC.
I received these photos in an email from a friend this morning and I had to share them. Some were taken immediately after the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. The earthquake occurred in the area where the pandas live.
On my walk I heard a cricket sing. I looked ever so carefully at a small patch of garden. And found a dollar coin. In the Fitzroy Gardens where ancient trees breathe, I spied a small hole high up in a trunk.
My mind must be very open at the moment because I am highly susceptible to the power of suggestion. Two separate incidents have occurred in the past week which most of you will say is sheer coincidence but I call it uncanny.
I had a lovely time at my book launch for Little Paradise. It was held at Hutong Dumpling Bar in Melbourne. The decor is old Chinese, the perfect setting as it mirrors
This is a very short post. I just wanted to mention that Little Paradise is going into its second reprinting already! This is music to my ears. Normally people celebrate with chocolate, but I don’t like chocolate except chicken mole which is Mexican chocolate chicken. So instead, I bought myself a tub of Maggie Beer’s […]
WARD SAGAR You are invited to join us with Gabrielle Wang on Friday the 12th of March at 5pm. Where she will be launching her new book Little Paradise. Her other books include Garden of Empress Cassia, Pearl of Tiger Bay, A ghost in my suitcase and her new picture story The race for the […]
This afternoon we had the most amazing hail storm I’ve ever seen. Great balls of ice, some as big as baseballs, rained down from the sky. My neighbour’s windows were smashed, our house is leaking like a sieve. All towels and buckets are in use. Here are 3 beauties my son picked up from the […]
Today I discovered that perfection was like watching a beautiful butterfly. It is there but for a fleeting moment.
I had two radio interviews today. One was good. The other was bad. One was in a studio. The other was from home on the telephone. The bad interview was like speed dating. That was the one in the studio. Not that I’ve been speed dating mind you, but the premise is the same – […]
If you haven’t seen this Youtube clip already, here it is. Pretty Cool.
Two other children’s authors released their beautiful new books today. Jaguar Warrior by Sandy Fussell And Toppling by Sally Murphy. I can’t wait to read them.
My new Young Adult novel Little Paradise hits the shelves today! It’s always a wonderful feeling to know your book is all grown up and out on its own. It’s also tempting, when out shopping, to pop into a book shop to see if your new book is there. Little Paradise has had some great […]
My sister-in-law, Allison is a wonderful cook and cake maker. This time, she made a tiger cake for the launch of The Race for the Chinese Zodiac. It had a lovely tiger face surrounded by marzipan grass and stripey insides of chocolate, but you’ll have to wait until we cut the cake to see that […]
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Tiger people are sensitive and brave. They like to joke around and can be lucky with money but they also have short tempers and often stand up against authority. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs. You can read the story about the zodiac in […]
It’s good to be able to spread myself out. This is the beauty of being on a writing retreat and I am treasuring every moment. At home, my writing room is cramped and dark. When I began writing 10 years ago, I used the corner of our bedroom, so it’s not necessary to have a […]
I am still on the surfcoast at Lorne editing my novel. Yesterday was the anniversary of the devastating Black Saturday bush fires which swept across Victoria last year. I am sure everyone in this state remembers exactly where they were on that day when the temperature soared to an amazing 46.4 °C (115.5 °F). It was a […]
My picture book The Race for the Chinese Zodiac came out yesterday. I’m down on the south coast working on my next series of novels so I visited the local bookshop to see if they had it in stock. To my disappointment, but not my surprise, they didn’t. Then later, as I passed the secondhand […]
Are you a perfectionist? Do you ruminate over every sentence, every paragraph? Are you all blocked up? I used to be one of these people. It’s kind of like being constipated with words. I couldn’t go on until I had written and rewritten a paragraph at least five times and then, when I returned to my […]
Our street is lined with beautiful 80 year old oaks whose arms reach proudly skywards. But of late, their leaves have drooped, their dark grey limbs appear wrinkled, brittle and dry. The drought Melbourne has been experiencing over the last few years has had its effect on all the beautiful big trees in this city. […]
THE READING STACK A GHOST IN MY SUITCASE Winner of the 2009 Aurealis Award Best Children’s Novel Puffin Books (a subsidiary of Penguin). Australian, Junior, Young Adult. Paperback rrp $16.95 Guest Reviewer – Jo Burnell When twelve-year-old Celeste travels to China to visit her grandmother, she carries her mother’s ashes. A feeling of expectation hovers. Is […]
Last night in Brisbane, the winners of the Aurealis Awards for 2009 were announced at a special awards ceremony in the Judith Wright Centre. My book, A Ghost in My Suitcase was awarded Best Children’s Novel. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend but I followed the announcement of each winner on Twitter, which was almost as exciting […]
Sometimes you come to a place in your writing and there seems to be no obvious direction to take. The story has been rolling along but suddenly you come to a roadblock. That’s when you let your main character take over. He or she will tell you where they want to go. They have an […]
This is chocolate torte is quick and simple. INGREDIENTS 125 gms unsalted butter 125 gms drinking chocolate  3/4 cup 125 gms almond meal or hazelnut meal 125 gms castor sugar  1/2 cup 3 free range eggs METHOD Beat all ingredients together until smooth Bake for 40 to  50 mins at 180 degrees C. Sprinkle with […]
I have just returned from a research trip to the area around Wahgunyah and Beechworth where my great grandfather settled when he came from China to Australia in 1853. It is a beautiful part of Victoria and is a significant gold mining region. Beechworth has been extremely well preserved and still carries the old world […]
Christmas means Family, Friends and Fine Food. Of course, being Chinese, family is of primary importance and next comes food. If you have ever been to a Chinese family dinner you might find that we always discuss each dish as it comes out. Or if not each dish then something to do with food. We […]
Everyone works to the beat of their own drum. Everyone has tools that they like to use. The following are some that I have found most useful. Laptop or Computer It goes without saying that a computer is essential in this day and age. I do almost all my writing on my laptop unless I […]
I’ve been too busy with my current project to blog lately. I have to complete the first draft of my novel before Christmas so I’m working on a chapter a day which averages to about 1100 words, and it seems to be going well. I would never show anyone my first draft. I have written […]
DO TREES LAY EGGS? This one did – a golden one. When writing a novel, especially an historic one, there are so many interesting facts you learn along the way. This is one I learnt this morning. I was able to use in my chapter too. The Welcome Stranger, a gold nugget that weighed 210 […]
It takes a particular personality type to be an author. Do you make the grade? The following are some of the essential ingredients. 1. Are you a seeker after truth? 2. Are you tenacious? 3. Are you patient? 4. Are you a dreamer? 5. Are you a perfectionist when it comes to words? 6. Do […]
Note To Self: Never answer fan mail when you’re tired. This is what I almost sent off to a young fan the other day: ‘Dear Stephanie, Thank you for writing and telling me how much you love my boobs.’ This was very funny and I’m so glad I re-read it before pressing the send button. […]
STIR FRIED SWEETCORN This is one of my favourite dishes because it’s easy and delicious. I love the crunchy, sweet taste of the corn. Ingredients: 3 corn on the cob 1 T chopped spring onions 11/2 T cooking oil (I use light olive oil) ½ t salt Method: Wash the corn. Stand a corncob on […]
It’s been a hectic few weeks with a panel discussion on story telling at the Victorian State Library, a meet the artist’s day at the beautiful Dromkeen, then I flew off to Cairns for the Cairns Literary Festival at Trinity Bay High School. The kids there were great and the older students from years 10-12 […]
For the past 2 weeks my kitchen table has looked like this. My family has had to eat their meals between first pages and old manuscripts of Little Paradise. At least there’s no lack of reading material. I don’t have a big office and you need a lot of table space at this stage of […]
Writing is hard work. There are many stages in the life of a novel, from first drafts (of which there are too many to count), to structural edit, to copy edit, to cover design, to first pages, second pages, third pages and then final print. Of course many of the work is invisible and hard […]
This is the finished front and back covers for Little Paradise. The girl in the photograph is my mum taken in 1944 when she was 20. On the back is the blurb and a fashion illustration that my mum drew when she was 14. She was crazy about fashion. The end papers will feature more […]
My daughter just told me that I’m ahead of the game. The real name for poo catchers is Harem pants and they are the very latest thing. So I just retrieved my poo…I mean Harem pants from the bin and am proudly wearing them once again.
Being a writer means that I sit on my bottom a lot which means that I wear only comfortable clothing. I live in my polar fleece top, tracksuit pants and Ugg boots. But yesterday my daughter told me that my eight-year old Target tracksuit pants look like ‘poo catchers’ – a term I discovered young […]
When I am browsing in a bookshop, I often pick up a book because of its cover. Then I look at the title, then read the blurb and if I’m still interested, I’ll turn to the first page to get a taste of what’s inside. The cover of a book is of utmost importance. It […]
The secret of writing is simple. All it involves is placing one word after the other to form a sentence. Then place one sentence after the other to form a paragraph. Then one paragraph after the other to form a chapter. And by the end of it all, you have a novel. Of course this […]
These are so delicious. They are crispy around the edges and so light it’s hard to know when to stop eating them. Best served with maple syrup. Ingredients I cup self-raising flour I 1/2 cups milk 6 tablespoons melted butter pinch of salt 1 tablespoon castor sugar 2 free range eggs Method Mix the flour, […]
This dish is delicious served hot or cold. Ingredients: 1 eggplant Sauce: 1 tablespoon oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tablespoon peeled ginger, minced 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoon light soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar Wash eggplant and cut off stem. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and […]
I love writing because each story is like opening a golden door to the unknown. I love its slipperiness, its unpredictability, the way it has taught me about life, about death, about people. I love finding a new voice to write in. At first this voice is just a whisper, a shimmer inside your brain. […]
After finally finishing Little Paradise I thought I would never write another historical novel again. But this was not to be. Along came an opportunity to write a series of four novels set in the Victorian goldfields. And every writer knows that it’s all about opportunity. I couldn’t let this one pass me by. My […]
This roast chicken is so easy to prepare and is deliciously moist because it is roasted over a pan of water. INGREDIENTS 1 free range chicken dark soya sauce (Mushroom soy is best because it makes the chicken a beautiful golden brown) 2 cloves of garlic 2 slices fresh ginger 2 spring onions salt METHOD […]
In my novel The Hidden Monastery I used a fox spirit as the antagonist in the story. These pesky creatures can morph into humans. Here are some foxy tales. In China there are many tales about Hu Li Jing or Fox Spirits. It is said that they acquired shape-shifting qualities after meditating in mountain caves […]
My mum’s 85th birthday tea party. If there was sound to this photo you would hear in the background the Collingwood Footy song which my family are all avid supporters of. This is because my grandfather worked at the Victoria market & everyone there barracked for the Magpies. I was once asked to fill in […]
The name of this dessert says it all. It’s so easy, quick, and an all time fave of mine and my family’s going right back to when I was little. Sorry, but I forgot to take the photo before everyone got stuck into it. This one serving was all that was left. You have to […]