Royce Bond Writing Tips

Royce Bond head shotRoyce Bond, published his first book, Kitchen Science, with Ashton Scholastic after he won the prestigious National B.H.P. /C.S.I.R.O. Science Teacher’s Award. This book was used in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and in some schools in South America. Many books in the science field followed.

Since his retirement, he has changed his writing to young adult fantasy novels. The Princess and The Pirate, the first in the series The Knights of Katesch was published by Morris Publishing Australia in 2013.

Royce’s writing tips are based on his second book in the series, The Summoning of One.


Andrew Weatherby, a bullied computer nerd from Central Queensland is ripped from his world to lead The Knights of Katesch in their direct attack on Maligor the Destroyer. In the midst of the battle in Mountain City, he rescues princess Katarin to find he has been betrothed to her since birth.

This feisty young lady risks her life to save Andrew. The Knights believe that have finally defeated Maligor after ten thousand years of conflict. In an attempt to escape the fanatic red guards seeking revenge for the death of their god, Agmar accidentally releases a monster army: the Kazdoom.


Five writing tips based on writing “The Summoning of the One.”

1. Day dream the overall story outline before you start

When I get a seed of an idea on a new story I spend a lot of time day dreaming this story. I mainly focus on the overall outline. I write this down and over a few days to even a few weeks I keep imagining what happens overall in the story. During this time I often develop a mental image of what my main characters look like and what their personalities are like. This outline acts like a skeleton on which I hang the rest of the story.

2.  Use personal experiences as a basis for some of the scenes

I try to incorporate some of my own personal experiences into the story. This way I can pull on the emotions I felt at that time. For example in “The Summoning of the One” the main character Andy is attacked by a gang of bullies, who hold a knife, baseball bat and star picket. In my life I was attacked at school by bullies with hammers.

3.  Choosing the personality for the main characters

I visualise what my characters look like. Then I decide what sort of personality they will have, and how this personality will change throughout the book. The way I do this is I watch people. I mostly watch people I know and family members. This way I know how they react to various circumstances and stresses. I then take parts of a variety of people’s personalities and mix and match them until I have the traits I want for my characters. 

4.  Begin the story with a bang, (action, or mystery, or both) and end each chapter with a hook

Writing a book is much like fishing. No fisherman goes out without bait or a lure. The first sentence of your book is the hook in the reader’s brain.  I try to start my books with action or mystery. Then at the end of each chapter, I put in another hook that makes the reader to want to turn the page and keep going.

5.  Use instrumental music to switch your brain on to writing

Before I begin writing a book I need to find an instrumental piece of music that has the feel of my story line. For example I use the instrumental music from the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie as a key to creating the writing atmosphere I need to write my series “The Time Warriors.”

Inspiration for writing

I began daydreaming about fantasy adventures when I was 7 years old and started working on market gardens with my family. I didn’t start writing fantasy stories until I was in my mid-fifties, so I had many decades of daydreaming to fall back on for my stories.

Why did I change genres?

I changed from writing science for children and teacher resources to fantasy, because I felt I had stories in my mind that wanted to be told. I am firmly of the belief that stories control the writer and not the other way around. A story teller is someone who can’t help him/herself, he/she has to tell stories.

Our whole lives are bathed in stories and it is the story teller who can take these and create a coherent whole, so someone else can read them. If you are a story teller, you have to tell stories, whether it be as a book, or orally, you simply can’t help yourself.

I have always been a story teller. My writing of non-fiction was like an apprenticeship in writing. In was during those years that I learned my craft. Even though at that time I was making good money with my science books and I was travelling the country free of charge (paid by the publishers) I felt dissatisfied.

I eventually cancelled my contracts, because I didn’t want money to be the motivation for me to write; besides I loved being a teacher. There were other reasons as well.

I began to write fiction, with no hope or plans for publishing, I just loved the joy of writing, creating and sharing with my own children. I now had no deadline pressures, no editors to worry about; I could get lost in my own world and enjoy it.

I am now back to that position and I am loving it. I am free to write what I want, when I want and even to stop writing for a while, so I can get immersed in another interest. I am currently making bamboo flutes and the act of making these is inspiring me to write a fantasy story about an apprentice bamboo flute maker.

I have one book to finish, “The Hunter.” It’s a sequel to “The Knights of Katesch.” Once it is completed and my children have a copy I will begin “The Flute Maker.”

Royce Bond



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Robert FavettoToday I’m pleased to welcome author, Robert Favretto.  Robert has a fabulous new book out with Morris Publishing called On the Nose.


Justin Credible is a real live Pinocchio with a keen sense of smell. Trained as a super sleuth for the DNA (Department of Nasal Affairs), he is often called upon at the first sniff of trouble.

With a nose for those hard to crack smelly cases, it’s no surprise when Justin responds to an urgent call for help. Someone or something has dropped a stink bomb in the city of Aroma – and the stench is devastating! Gardens are wilting, birds are dropping out of the sky, and the residents are leaving in droves!

With sleuth-like determination, Justin follows his nose to solve the mystery of the phantom smell before it wipes Aroma off the map.


Disgusting smells have always held a fascination for kids. I thought I’d write about a comical, quirky character with a prominent nose and penchant for smells.

It doesn’t take long before Justin Credible’s gift is identified and fine-tuned to fight crime of a smelly nature. However, unlike talented kids who are sometimes singled out and teased for being exceptional, Justin isn’t resented at all.

At a time when bullying is becoming more and more frequent among children in schools and online, it’s great to see that his difference is embraced and celebrated, not shunned and ridiculed. So apart from On the Nose being a rollicking fun read, it also has a light-hearted message.


1) I’m always on the lookout for story ideas. I use all of my senses to observe what is around me. Sometimes I jot down my observations in my notebook. Then, when trying to come up with a writing idea, I pull out my notebook for inspiration. You can write about a whole range of things; like the mystery smell that features in On the Nose. Keeping a notebook will sharpen your powers of observation…and make you a better writer.

2) A good way to plan your writing is to complete a story map. I wrote a brief description about the characters, setting, problem and resolution I was going to use – to show how my story developed.

Remember to use your imagination, and ask yourself, “What if? …’

3) Once I finished with my rough draft, I read it out aloud and ask myself the following questions: How does it sound? Are there parts that could be more clear or interesting? Are there parts I’d like to shorten or make longer? This helps me to revise my writing to make it even better.

4) When I’m finished revising my draft, it’s time to proofread and edit it. Proof-reading and editing involve re-reading carefully and correcting any spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors that you find. Sometimes a writer finds it helpful to have someone else proof-read a piece of writing. Then, after discussing the piece, the writer will go back and edit it.

5) After I’ve finished revising my draft, I write up my final version. And then it’s ready to share!

On the Nose is published by Morris Publishing Australia, and is available by order from their website or any bookstore, including, Barnes and Noble and Booktopia. Wholesale distribution is by Dennis Jones & Associates


Robert is visiting Writing Classes For Kids on his blog tour.

As part of the blog tour, we will give away a copy of ‘On The Nose’. To be in the draw, simply comment on the post and send an email of your comment to with the subject “On The Nose competition”. Competition closes midnight EDST 15th April 2014.

On The Nose (Morris Publishing Australia)

PB RRP $13.95

ISBN: 978-0-9875434-7-9

Join us for reviews and more interesting facts about Robert and the book as you follow the tour.

April 1st Review
April 2nd Interview
April 3rd Writing tips for kids
April 4th Interview
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April 6th Review
April 7th Review
April 8th Interview


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