Author name: Gigi Sedlmayer
Genre: Surviving cancer, I couldn’t go back to work. I had too much pain in my body. Radiation damage. My husband showed me how to use a computer, while he thought I might like to write some stories, since he had written the story about the adoption of our twin girls from Fiji.
Since I love animals, I started to write some short stories about animals for children. I was even so bold and sent them in to competitions. I didn’t get a prize, but was commended often, that I am on the right track for writing and should not stop writing. That gave me confidence to go on.
One of the short stories was about Talon and Matica. And writing it, the idea came, that I could expand the story and write a series.
The books were aimed for children, but when I published the first one and got the first reviews, they nearly all said, the book should be for all ages, because adults can benefit from them as well, finding themselves in it, not only children.
Books: Talon, Come Fly With Me; Talon, On the Wing; Talon, Flight For Life; Talon, Connected; Talon, Encounter
Bio: I was born in Berlin, Germany, on 19 May 1944. Escaping to the West before the wall went up, we moved a lot around, changing schools and having no friends. Finally settling in Munich.
Studying architectural drafting, I met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. In May 1975 we moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, I started a handcraft business. In 1988 we decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls from Fiji the year after. In September 1992 we immigrated to Australia.
In 1993, I was diagnosed with cancer. Surviving, I started to write stories. First only short stories, until I wrote the story about handicapped Matica and her giant condor, Talon. A lot is in Matica about me and my life.
Favorite thing about being a writer: That I can express myself, my feelings about the topic, my innermost thoughts. To put them on paper, well on the screen, it just gives me joy to let people, readers know, that they can achieve their dreams, when they put their minds behind it and do that something what they love and fulfilling their dreams, as Matica is doing, as I have done. It is achievable. But only with determination, love and joy in their hearts.
Matica’s dreams were the condors. And she achieved what she dreamed of. I achieved as well, I might say, writing the Talon story.
Biggest challenge as an indie author: The biggest challenge, for me anyway, is “the advertising” so people see my books, like them and buy them. Up to now, it didn’t happen. Many approached me to help me, but I have to pay, well, that, I can’t. I always think and still hope, that someone out there would love my books so much, that they would do it, and would be paid after the success. I am still waiting.
Favorite books: I have so many, so can’t put them all down, it would fill the page. I love to read science fiction books.
Awards/special recognition: The Talon series has been a consistent nominee, medalist and finalist for the Book Excellence Awards, Global eBook Awards, Independent Author Network Awards, and Authorsdb, and has received many 4- and 5-star reviews by the Online Book Club and Readers’ Favorite. In addition, Book 5 was the Sole Medalist Winner with New Apple in the Young Adult General Fiction category of our Annual Book Award 2017 Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.
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