Isobelle Carmody took out two separate honours last week in recognition of her work as a children's author.
The former Geelong Advertiser journalist picked up one of the industry's most prestigious awards when her novel The Red Wind was named as the Children's Book Council's Book of the Year in the younger readers category.
Carmody, who still has a home near Apollo Bay but now lives in Prague, also won the Nance Donkin Award from the Society of Women Writers.
Carmody has more than 25 books for children and a short story collection for older readers to her credit. Her advice for aspiring authors is to choose a topic they can pour their own experiences into. And she reminded writers that most successful authors were not published with their first book.
"Don't stop at one thing," she said.
"The point isn't the finished product, the point is to keep writing."
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