Ice Breaker update

June 28th, 2013

It is now almost exactly four months till Ice Breaker comes out in Aust and NZ. This is always such an exciting time, as I get to see the cover (which I showed you a few weeks ago) and other good things. Yesterday the publishers sent me a copy of the map that is going to be in the front of the book. I drew a rough version, which they sent to artist Seb Ciaffaglione, and he made it look gorgeous. I do like maps in booksΒ  – there’s going to be one in each book of the trilogy.

As for Claw, I’ve just finished the first draft. This is an exploratory draft, where I let myself go off on all sorts of odd interesting tangents, just to see what happens. In my next draft, I have to start making sense of it all. Eek! πŸ™‚

Meanwhile people keep sending me nice stuff. This time it was Lilli, who is studying the Antarctic at school, and built an icebreaker for her assessment task. It took her all weekend and she got an A!

Lilli's icebreaker 'Brise-Glace'

Lilli’s icebreaker is called ‘Brise-Glace’, which means ‘icebreaker’ in French. The icebreaker in my book is called ‘Oyster’, because it contains a valuable secret.

41 thoughts on “Ice Breaker update

  1. Io says:

    That is AWESOME Lilli! You deserve to get an A++!!!

    1. Lian says:

      I agree, Io. She did such a good job of it. I can create wonderful icebreakers in my head, but I doubt if I could do it with my hands. πŸ™‚

      1. Io says:

        ya! You did the most AWESOME job Lilli!

  2. Io says:

    I CANNOT wait to find out what the secret of the ‘Oyster’ is! πŸ™‚

  3. Io says:



    1. Lian says:

      Io, I am amazed by your cleverness! Thank you so much for doing that. But could you go back and change the spelling of ‘thieves’ please? It’s one of those words where the ‘i’ comes before the ‘e’.

      1. Io says:

        Oops. Sorry!

        1. Lian says:

          That’s okay, Io. Thanks for fixing it!

  4. Isabel says:

    That’s incredible!

  5. Io says:

    I know! The ship is AMAZING!

  6. Lilli says:

    Dear Lian,
    Thank you so much for putting my picture ,you are incredible!
    I cannot wait to read “Icebreaker” and I will always be one of your best fans.
    From Lilli



  7. Io says:

    Yes!!! I LOVE you Booktopia! And I say that to all the world! I found the blurb for Icebreaker! In Booktopia!!! I LOVE you again Booktopia!! So here it is! :

    Petrel leaned on the rail, watching the ice cave and stamping her feet for warmth. The berg came closer. That’s when she saw him. Laid out on the ice like a dead fish, with a scattering of snow covering his face. A boy, where there should have been nothing but the memory of winter. A frozen boy.

    Twelve-year-old Petrel is an outcast, the lowest of the low on an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same course for three hundred years. In that time, the ship’s crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring tribes, the Cooks, the Officers and the Engineers. Everyone has a tribe except Petrel, whose parents committed such a terrible crime that they were thrown overboard, and their daughter ostracised. But Petrel is a survivor. She lives in the dark corners of the ship, trusting no one, speaking to no one except two large grey rats, Mister Smoke and Missus Slink. That is, until a boy is discovered, frozen on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship. No one knows where he has come from, and when he recovers consciousness he claims to have forgotten even his name. The tribes don’t trust strangers; they haven’t seen one for three hundred years. But Petrel saves him and hides him away in the forgotten corners of the ship, hoping he will be her friend. What she doesn’t know is that for the last three hundred years, the ship has been guarding a secret. A secret that could change the world. A secret that the boy has been sent to destroy, along with the ship and everyone on it…

    So as I was saying; I am in love with your book right now Lian!

    1. Lian says:

      Golly, I didn’t know that the blurb was up already! This makes it seem very real, doesn’t it? Thanks for finding it and putting it up, Io!

      1. gabi says:

        Thank you πŸ™‚

        1. Io says:

          I mean thank you! πŸ™‚

      2. Io says:

        Actually the blurb isn’t up yet. Only in Booktopia. But what really shocks me is that ONLY Booktopia has it. Not Allen & Unwin. Not Random House. Not Book Depository. Not-you know what I mean.

        1. Lian says:

          Hmm, that is odd. Maybe Booktopia are just really quick off the mark.

          1. Io says:


  8. Io says:




    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Io, you’re a treasure!

  9. Io says:

    Thx! *blushes*

  10. Lilli says:

    Dear Lian ,
    I am a reader of the Girls magazine”Total Girl” and I just spotted a competition to win the Keepers series!
    I am so happy because I believe that other people of all ages should start reading your series .
    This magazine is targeted at 8-12 year olds and that is a perfect audience for your novels.
    From your super-duper-mega-excited-about-Icebreaker-fan Lilli !

    1. Lian says:

      Aha! I knew it was going to be in there soon, but I didn’t know when. Thanks for letting me know, Lilli! Let’s hope that lots of total Girl readers think the series looks interesting.

    2. Io says:

      Oh ya! I entered that! I am SO glad that you don’t need a codeword to enter! πŸ™‚

  11. Io says:

    One of my couthinth WEALLY, WEALLY needth to weed thith. And my fwiend Lily.

    Youth Numbeth 1 Fan,
    Io πŸ™‚


    One of my cousins really, really needs to read this. And my friend Lily.

    Your Number 1 Fan,
    Io πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Hmm, Io. You seem to have developed a severe speech impediment since we last talked. I hope it’s nothing serious! πŸ˜‰

  12. Io says:

    oh weally? I don’t think it’th that theriouth. I hope. I mean I know tho. πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      LOL. You really shouldn’t try to say ‘serious’ with a lisp!! It’s way too confusing. πŸ™‚

      1. Io says:

        I know. Thaying th-th-s-thewiouthly ith hawd. I can’t thay it pwopewly. It’th tho annoying!


  13. Isabel says:

    About the Total Girl thingy… Total Girl is the reason why I bought you first book! I saw the ad and loved the look of it! Many thanks to Total Girl!
    From your huge fan Isabel!!

    1. Lian says:

      In that case I should say a big thank you to Total Girl. And hopefully, Isabel, lots of other girls will see the ad this time and become huge fans too! πŸ™‚

  14. Lilli says:

    I agree ,Lian many girls will become hypnotized into reading the series like me.
    I can remember when I was in Year 3 and I came across this new book in the library ,and it was the first book in the keepers series ! I was so fascinated by this new novel that I had to read more ! I was so happy when the second book in the series came out . I was jumping with joy . And when The path of the Beasts came out I did excatly the same thing . Suprising enough I got all three books after reading the first at David Jones . So I officially love your stories and I hope that if a competition pops up somewhere for a free trip to Tassie ,I will cry happy tears !
    I have decided to enter the Total Girl competition so if I get the series ( which is one of the slimest chances because there are thousands of girls entering) ,I will give them to someone ,I haven’t decided who but i will give them maybe to a library .
    From your-super-duper-amazing-excited-curious-mysterious-number-1-fan-Lilli !


    1. Lian says:

      Good luck with the competition, super-duper-mysterious Lilli!

  15. Io says:

    That’th funny, I wead it latht yeaw when it wath in ouw libwawy. Oh, well.


    That’s funny, I read it last year when it was in our library. Oh, well.

    1. Lian says:

      Maybe we’re caught up in a loop of time that keeps going around and around. Maybe Lilli has already won the competition, and given the books to YOUR library, Io, and you’ve read them, and now the loop is starting back at the beginning and Lilli is about to enter the competition. (Does this mean I will never finish writing Claw?)

  16. Io says:

    *raises an eyebrow* Wha…? I didn’t get motht of that. And I do hope you finithh Claw oth we will FOWEVEW have the mythewy of what happenth next in the thewieth!!!! πŸ™


    *raises an eyebrow* Wha…? I didn’t get most of that. And I do hope you finish Claw or we will FOREVER have the mystery of what happens next in the series!!!! πŸ™

  17. Kathleen says:

    Hi Lian,
    Guess what, Lillis birthday Party is today! Just thought I’d tell you. By the way, museum of thieves is really good.
    Kathleen πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Oh my, thanks for letting me know, Kathleen. And a huge Happy Birthday to Lilli! Hope you have a great day, Lilli. πŸ™‚

  18. Io says:

    Lilli? Lilli as in, Lilli Lilly? Gosh I didn’t know! A THOUSAND ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY!’s Lilli!
    *sings* Happy Birthday to you,
    you live in the zoo,
    you look like a monkey,
    aaaaannnnnnddddd…..*clears throat* sorry, got off track.
    Anyway, Happy Birthday Lilli!

    Io πŸ™‚

  19. Io says:

    I hope your party went well!

  20. Lilli says:

    Thx Io

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