Loves going out and about, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, and writing about her adventures!
Published July 2nd 2020
Introducing Liz, a ladybug, a stinkbug, and their adventures
Meet Tulip and Brutus. Tulip is a neat and cautious ladybug, and Brutus is a wild and messy stinkbug. But because Tulip is a ladybug and Brutus is a stinkbug, they never play together. Then disaster strikes. Their habitats merge and they're suddenly brought together. Can Tulip and Brutus team up and save themselves?
Welcome to the enchanting micro-world of Tulip and Brutus, a picture book for young children written by newly published author Liz Ledden.
Introducing Liz Ledden
Sydney-based Liz grew up in regional NSW where her world revolved around cubby houses, bike riding, diary writing and trips to the local library. "I was a massive reader as a young child and obsessed with books, from Roald Dahl to Judy Blume, and a whole lot in between," she tells me. "I loved to write my own stories, and went through a spooky story stage, then wrote weird fan fiction mash-ups (think the Babysitters Club meets Sweet Valley High) that usually involved very American names and everyone going to summer camp. So essentially, escaping into stories led me to want to create me own!"
Liz has always written in some form or other. Before publishing her first book, Liz worked in various roles revolving around the written word, from marketing to magazine editorial. But writing was always at the back of Liz's mind since her childhood. When she did a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature a few years ago, she fell in love with the children's literature subjects and that is what spurred her on to pursue kids' writing and getting published.
When she's not writing, Liz spends her time reading. "I'm in a book club with some friends which revolves around adult reads, and may also involve small bars!," she says. Liz also loves food and travel. "I love exploring Sydney's suburbs for delicious eats," she adds. "My other main passion is travel, however that's on hold for now!"
Tulip and Brutus The story of Tulip and Brutus was inspired by several things. One was Liz's fascination with the micro worlds of bugs. Liz was also inspired by a love of picture books featuring unlikely friendships. "And at the time I wrote the story, I was grappling with kids refusing to eat certain foods, only because they hadn't tried them-and frustratingly, loving them once they did!," Liz says. "This led me to think about the way we can judge things, until exposure makes you think otherwise."
Book number 2 Liz's next picture book for children is due out sometime in late 2020/early 2021. Entitled Walking Your Human, it has been written from the point of view of a dog who has very different ideas to their human about what makes for a fun walk, something in which dog lovers and their human owners might relate to!
Connect with Liz There are many ways for readers to connect with Liz. You can connect with her via her website: www.lizledden.com. You can also follow her on social media. She has an author page on Facebook: @LizLeddenAuthor, and she is on Instagram and Twitter: @liz_ledden.
Liz also co-hosts a kids' book podcast, One More Page, with fellow authors Kate Simpson and Nat Amoore. The podcast focuses on picture books through middle grade, mostly in the Australian kidlit world. Liz and her co-hosts interview lots of amazing authors, illustrators and other industry guests like publishers and booksellers, plus review the latest reads, host giveaways and more. You can subscribe via all the main podcast apps, listen directly from their website: www.onemorepagepodcast.com, or follow them on Facebook, and Instagram and Twitter: @onemorepageau.
Tulip and Brutus is published by Ford Street Publishing, a successful small independent Australian publisher of books for children and young adults. You can get your copy of Tulip and Brutus via their webpage here.
Tulip and Brutus is recommended for children aged 4-7. With Children's Book Week and spring just around the corner, it will make the perfect read and theme for your local school, child care centre and library.