An anthology of amazing adventures for young readers

Today, as part of the blog tour for the Gold Coast Writer’s Association’s launch of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic, an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers, we learn about one of the authors featured in the book.

We asked Lindy Standage to tell us about her writing journey.

Q1. How long have you been writing?

  1. I started with a correspondence course when my children were small.

Q2. What writing groups have you belonged to?

  1. Gold Coast Writers Assoc since 2004, S.T.A.R.S. (Screen theatre and writers group) while it operated for many years and has offered practical writing skills, Eloquence coterie and they have recently published an anthology which is the second book this group has published with some of my stories in, Novel Writers group for many years benefiting from candid critiques, and naturally The Ten Penners with all three anthologies ‘Shock, Horror, Gasp’ and ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales’ and now ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ having my stories.

Q3. What genres do you write in?

  1. Varied from children’s stories through, supernaturals, mysteries, and fantasy/adventure stories.

Q4. What books do you read for enjoyment?

  1. At the moment I’m reading M.C. Beaton and I love Rhys Bowen, both murder mystery writers and Cookson historical fiction is one my favourites.

Q5. How has your life affected your writing?

  1. Monica Dickens, Charles Dickens granddaughter, did nursing in the same hospital I trained in Buckingshire in England, had written about nursing, which piqued my interest in writing. I’ve also written about farming, going hands-on and that’s what I did. When I met and married my husband he was a licensed aircraft engineer and this meant travelling widely, he was also a musician and this enhanced my knowledge of various topics. Write what you know. I’ve had a varied working life and applied that to my writing.

Q6. What stories have you written for ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ and why?

  1. ‘River Adventure’ is about Yowies which have always fascinated me and I have researched the sightings and mythology of this creature in Australia. ‘Horizons’ Two’ and ‘Efang’ and ‘Efang’s Bride’ are both follow-on stories from episodes in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. ‘The Mountains’ is about kids getting lost when going on a picnic.


Lindy Standage draws inspiration from her kaleidoscopic background of careers; nursing, teaching for adult education, owning a craft shop in Tasmania, farming, cattle dealing and hotel work. Her early years were spent in England and after many travels, she has settled on the Gold Coast, where she indulges in her love of writing.

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

“Take the path through a forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

Keep these dates pegged.

The blog tour plan is as below:

15/10/17   Sunday -Marion Martineer – Powell – author The Fix-It Man

16/10/17    Monday– Yvonne Mes, Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley

17/10/17    Tuesday – Jill Smith –

Candice Lemon-Scott, author

 18/10/17    Wednesday– Kate Russell –

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write

 19/10/17   Thursday –

Julie Baythorpe

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words

 20/10/17   Friday – Robin Adolphs

Artelle Lenthall

 21/10/17    Saturday – The Ten Penners

We will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce our book launch

23/10/17   Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November

 So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: An anthology of amazing adventures for young readers | jillwrites
  2. jillswrites
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 02:36:58

    Elaine, Thanks for being a blog tour host and sharing the interview with Lindy Standage. She is a quiet lady and thinks she said too much. I’m sure your readers will enjoy knowing the diverse background of The Ten Penners and how we used our experience to create our stories. – Jill


  3. elaineouston
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 02:48:38

    It’s a pleasure, Jill. Good luck with the book.


  4. Elli Housden
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 06:56:45

    Thanks, Elaine for hosting our blog tour. Our stories are a diverse range from aliens like Plinko, Lindy’s Efang, the spider and my Baby who gets into trouble every time. Cheers, Elli Housden.


  5. alexioufamilySharron
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 11:11:50

    Thank you for having Lindy standage on your blog today Elaine. Also supporting our Ten Penners Children writing groups new book. Your blog looks very inspiring too Elaine I’m having a lovely read. 😀Sharron


  6. Marion Martineer
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 22:38:28

    Great interview Elaine! Thanks.


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