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Why You’ll Never See a Tasmanian Tiger

My friend Norah Colvin wrote this beautiful interview.

It’s always great when you catch someone doing such a great job you wish you had done it. That’s how I felt when I read Norah’s interview with Aleesah Darlison.  After taking a course in writing children’s novels, I have such an appreciation for authors that write children’s literature. I say well done to both Norah and Aleesah. See if you don’t agree with me 100%.

Meet Australian picture book author Aleesah Darlinson

by Norah Colvin

This month, it is my pleasure to introduce you to award-winning Australian author Aleesah Darlison. Aleesah writes picture books, chapter books and novels. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, teamwork and environmental themes. In 2015, she won the Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Non-Fiction) for her picture book, Our Class Tiger. She has won numerous other awards for her writing.

Aleesah has written over thirty-five books for children and in 2016, she set up Greenleaf Press, a business designed to provide critical support services to authors and illustrators. The company also acts as a booking agency for school and preschool visits.

Today, Aleesah and I are talking about her picture book Stripes in the Forest. With National Threatened Species Day just a couple of weeks away on 7 September, it is a timely interview. Stripes in the Forest is the story of an iconic species lost.

Told from the perspective of the last wild female thylacine, it provides readers with an insight into the rare beauty and uniqueness of these amazing animals, explains their fight for survival and provides important lessons for future generations.

An emotive and moving story, children will connect with the solitary, stoic and courageous female thylacine who does all she can to protect her young – just as a human mother would do. The story takes readers to a place in the past, but also offers a twist that projects them into the future and offers a glimmer of hope for the survival of a creature some believe may still exist.

Parents and their children will enjoy the rich, vivid and detailed illustrations of the Tasmanian forests and landscapes and the magnificent thylacine as depicted by illustrator and artist, Shane McGrath. Stripes in the Forest will generate rich discussion and raise important questions for young minds.

This powerful and poignant story offers hope for threatened species and shows how, together, we can make a difference.

Welcome to readilearn, Aleesah, we are looking forward to getting to know you better.

Thanks for inviting me.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

From about the age of sixteen, I told people that I wanted to be an author. Unfortunately, everyone told me I’d never make it and that it was too hard to get published. It wasn’t until many years later when I was in my early thirties that I came back to writing as a career option and stopped viewing it as just a dream or a hobby.
Where do you write? Do you like to be by yourself in the quiet, or do you like to write in a noisy space?

Most of the time I write at my desk, straight onto my computer. I type much faster and more neatly than I can write, which helps when the ideas are flowing. If I can’t get to my computer, I’ll write in my notebook and transfer later. If I can read my handwriting, that is…

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing my post and introducing it in such a lovely way, Marsha. I am honoured, and so pleased to see word of Aleesah’s book and the fate of the thylacine spread more widely. Best wishes, Norah

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    • You are welcome. I haven’t done the social media part, yet, but I love to wait until the weekend to do that because of My 500 Words. I get more views on that FB page than any other way.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this interview on your blog, Marsha, and spreading the word about thylacines. We’re coming up to the 81st anniversary of the last captive thylacine’s passing. Time to remember them and also look forward and think how we can help other animals to ensure they don’t suffer the same fate. I still live in hope that these beautiful animals are out there somewhere…

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    • Aww, I hope you are right. It’s amazingly sad when we come to the end of a line of creatures. (Even humans). I think your book will help hundreds of people consider the plight of helpless animals, and all are when we humans get involved.

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    • I know, I am excited to have the interview. It’s a interesting topic that most of us (or at least I don’t) think about on my own. Thanks for pushing it out for me, Deb.

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  3. That’s interesting, Marsha. Sounds like you’d have some great tips for social media sharing. I just grab a few minutes here and there when I can. 🙂

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    • Basically, that’s what I do too. I use Buffer the most when I’m scheduling new posts on Twitter. I publicize to groups on FB, and try to get it in on the weekend for sure because of the restrictions of posting on My 500 Words. I pushed yours out last night. It went from 32 to 260 since last night.

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  4. Thanks for the information, Marsha. I wasn’t aware of My 500 Words and am not sure what it’s about, but have just asked to join. I guess I’ll find out more if and when I’m accepted. What amazing statistics – to go from 32 to 260! Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

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    • Actually, last night it was almost 500. My 500 words is a FB group for writers and bloggers, mostly writers that was started by Jeff Goins. My friend Carol from Australia is a member of it. I’ll check out and see if anyone has accepted you yet. I think as members we all have that privilege.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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