The last time we saw Neil Montagnana-Wallace was when he came to our school last year with Socceroos goal keeper, Mark Schwarzer. That was when we helped launch their fourth book called Megs and theComplete Left Foot and we also christened our brand new hall. When Neil came to visit us on Friday, the hall is now our temporary LRC!
Neil came to promote the fifth book in the Megs series called Megs and the Wonderstrike. He also came to share the writing process he follows with the Grade 5 and 6 classes.
Things we found out from Neil…
You need an idea or inspiration to help you start writing – ideas can come from anywhere
When Neil was younger he kept journals. Looking back through his journals he discovered that on one of his holidays he wrote about each day and gave it a rating out of 10!
Neil and Mark wanted to create a series of books about soccer and sport in general and to write about things that happen and issues you face when you play a team sport
Neil uses charts and mindmaps to help him brainstorm and organise his ideas for the Megs series
Neil writes up a plan for each story and mostly sticks to it
Mark and Neil discuss the Megs books over Skype. Neil is an earlybird and Mark is a night owl so this works well because it’s early morning in Australia and late at night in England when they talk
It took Neil two years to write the first Megs book
Neil loved the smell when he opened up the first box of Megs books and couldn’t quite believe he had actually written them!
The fifth Megs book has been the hardest to write
Neil has used the names of people he knows in the Megs books
Neil also writes Non Fiction books
We were excited to hear that there are plans for the Megs books to become an animated series…we will stay tuned for more news!
There is a competition being held to celebrate the launch of the latest book in the Megs Morrison “Vootball” series called Megs and the Wonder Strike.
You can win a signed copy of Megs and the Wonder Strikeand a signed Mark Schwarzer football shirt! The winner will also win a signed set of Megs books for their school, as well as a signed football for the school’s next fundraising raffle. Three runners up will win a signed copy of Megs and the Wonder Strikefor themselves and their school.
I was looking at the Meg’s website tonight to see when the fifth book of the Megs series by Mark Schwarzer and Neil Montagnana-Wallace was going to be released. I also had a look at the Gallery of the Megs Tour 2009 and there was SMOT on the first page!! If you click on the photos to enlarge them you will see many familiar faces from our school. How exciting!!
The fifth book is called Megs and the Wonder Strike and it will be released in bookshops on May 1st. Click here to read about some of the things that Megs and the Vootball kids will have to face both on and off the soccer field in this book. I have also updated the Megs website on our Websites page.
You can meet Felice Arenaand Garry Lyon at Ward Sagar book shop on Saturday, October 10th at 12pm.Specky Magee and the Battle of the Young Guns will be on sale and Felice and Garry will be happy to sign your book!
Ward Sagar is at Shop 21 / 10 Arthur Street in Eltham in the Eltham Mall shopping complex (National Australia Bank on the outside of the building).