Deborah Abela

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail … twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write twenty-six books including the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend)series and Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her dad who was born in a cave during one of the heaviest bombing raids of World War II. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, were inspired by her grade four teacher, Miss Gray. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes. Deb’s won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.


Saturday, 10 July 2021, 12:45:00 am UTC


The secrets of diverse and interesting middle grade novels - How to keep them reading

What is the hook for your novel? Is it unique? Does each chapter entice your readers to keep reading? Join Deborah Abela, as she delves into the secrets of diverse and interesting MG novels. Bring your current MG project, as we work together to make sure your book does its best to shine. We’ll discuss crystalising your idea, characters, the importance of solid structure and editing…yep, killing your darlings, so your work is succinct and engaging!