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Richard Newsome

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Richard Newsome has worked as a journalist, a strategy consultant and the communications director for a multinational media company. His Billionaire’s trilogy of children’s books, which has been sold into eight countries, started as a bedtime story for his children.

Where were you born?

I was born in the small New Zealand riverside town of Wanganui and migrated to Australia at the age of two.

What other jobs have you had?

My first paid employment was picking up rubbish at Sea World on the Gold Coast. There is nothing like working when you’re surrounded by people on holidays. I’ve also worked as a print and broadcast journalist, as a strategy consultant, and the communications director of a multinational media company.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My writing career is a lesson in the art of persistence. It took ten years to complete my first novel, with no guarantee of getting it published. The Billionaire’s Curse won the Text Prize for Children’s and YA writing, is now in bookstores in eight countries and has been shortlisted for a number of literary awards. So, every new day is part of one non-stop highlight so far!

What are you passionate about?

A good education for all children. I’m convinced that many of society’s issues could be short circuited by ensuring kids are engaged and challenged when at school.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I write the first draft of my books longhand in pencil, before typing them into my laptop, using the same two-fingered method I’ve used since bashing away at manual typewriters in my first newsroom.

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