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‘Deborah Abela – Discovering Heroes, Villains, Sidekicks and more’ Posts

The Reluctant Hero

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017 by dabela -
‘All great moments in life are worth a couple of nerves.’ Nanna Flo from The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. I LOVE stories about unlikely heroes….the ones who are small, puny, and scared, and who often really, REALLY don’t want to be the hero. BUT, despite how frightened they are and how much they think they’ll [...]

True Life Heroes and Villains

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by dabela -
    My father was born in a cave in Malta during one of the heaviest bombing raids of WW2.  ‘A Cave?’ I thought. ‘Why didn’t he just go to hospital?’ When I did some research, I discovered the cave was an underground tunnel the Maltese built to hide in during Hitler’s bombing raids. The [...]

World Ending Heroes and Villains

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by dabela -
  ‘You will lie on the bottom of this river like all the others who can’t speak. Including your father.’ Sneddon stood before her defiantly, the wind whipping through his hair. From Grimsdon, by Deborah Abela   Sneddon is one of my most villainous villains. He lives on a ship in the sunken city of [...]

Heroes and Villains from Sport

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by SRC Team -
  When Johnny Warren was 7, he turned up for the local soccer try-outs. The coach took one look at his scrawny body and said, ‘You’re too puny. If I put you on that field you’ll break. Go home, eat your porridge and come back next year.’ Johnny was devastated. He’d wanted to be a [...]

Spies as Heroes and Villains

Posted on: December 26th, 2016 by dabela -
  The first time I was thrown in jail was really scary… think of your MOST scary time and double it… maybe even triple it. After university, I wanted to go on a big adventure… I think I was inspired by all those years of reading books about characters who had great adventures and I [...]

Villains Throughout History

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by dabela -
  Villains are fun. And SOOOO important in so many stories. Remember when I wrote last week that stories are about making trouble…we NEED these dastardly foes to make trouble… lots of trouble for the heroes, their friends and sometimes the entire world, but then usually we get to watch the hero prevail and the [...]

Heroes throughout history

Posted on: December 12th, 2016 by dabela -
  There have been all sorts of heroes throughout history….in books, movies and in real life…but what makes a hero? For me, it’s standing up to bullies and what is unjust, even if they think there’s a very good chance they’ll get squished. There are so many to love and we all have our favourites [...]

Heroes and Villains and why we love them.

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by dabela -
  My very first job was producer/writer of a kids’ cartoon/hosting show for Network Ten called Cheez TV. It was lots of fun but the best part was watching and choosing the cartoons. That’s right! I was PAID to watch CARTOONS! Some of my favourites were Spiderman, Batman, X Men, Dragonball Z, Men in Black [...]

Story crafting with Deborah Abela

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by SRC Team -
Deborah Abela Deborah Abela is a master crafter of stories loaded with heroes, villains, sidekicks and more. Check in each week to discover the tips and tricks to good story telling. Look out for Deborah’s first post Thursday, 1 December 2016. Win: All posts to Deborah’s blog will go into a [...]

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