2020 Snapshot: Krys Saclier

Krys Saclier believes children’s literature has the power to shape the future. Her first book, Super Nova, is a picture book about the most powerful force in the universe – a little sister. Super Nova is illustrated by the gorgeous Bec Timmis and has been nominated for an Aurealis Award. Her second book, Vote 4 Me, is illustrated by the amazing political cartoonist, Cathy Wilcox and will be available soon.

Krys is the creator of the Kids Only podcast, which features original short audio stories for children. She is also an ACT committee member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a founding member of the Canberra Children’s Writers’ Group. Find out more at kryssaclierstories.com

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

Super Nova is my first book baby and I am very proud of her. Bec Timmis’ illustrations really brought her to life. I love the idea of an annoying little sister actually hiding a super secret. Super Nova came out in 2019 through Ford Street Publishing and it’s been nominated for an Aurealis Award! (Insert party noise here)

My next book is completely different. Vote 4 Me is a picture book too, but it’s creative non-fiction for older children. It explains preferential voting with a class-room election (it’s not as boring as it sounds). It’s published by Wild Dog Books and Cathy Wilcox is the illustrator. CATHY WILCOX!!! That was my reaction when I found out she would be the illustrator. She has been much kinder to my characters than she is to politicians though.

2. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far?

When someone tells me that Super Nova is their child’s favourite book and they read it over and over. It makes me think of when my kids were little and I would read them their favourite stories so many times I thought my eyes would bleed. Um, maybe that’s not a good example…

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

I’m currently reading Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. It’s perfect for anyone looking for something genuinely Australian. There’s nothing like a mystery and this one draws you in. Beautifully written too.

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