Tuesday, 28 February 2012


Fran Lewis said in her review:

Appearances should not matter but tell that to a young child who was born with a handicap. Children can be cruel and adults even more because they are the ones who teach their children acceptance, tolerance and how to understand the differences we should embrace in people. But, one little girl named Matica would teach a whole tribe of Indians in Peru many lessons before all is said and done. Imagine being over 10 years old and never growing over the height of a two year old. Imagine how a child would feel if her brother’s height was much taller and the rest of the children in her village or tribe did not accept her or play with her. Imagine the life of loneliness that this young child would have.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

TALON series

In the next split second before they would collide with the poachers, or whatever Tamo, Tima and Talon plant to do, Matica remembered something her mother had told her a while ago after her mother had said a quick prayer that Jesus should always protect her and the condors: “We do not understand God’s way. Often when we pray it turns out to be completely different, as you have expected it to be. But God is there, no matter where we are, no matter how fare we travel in any one of billion directions, God is there. Even more astounding is that the God of heaven and earth revolves this universe around you! You are more valuable to Him than all the brilliance of His creation. You are the lost coin of great value, the reason for His love and affection.”

TALON series

Since the second book in the Talon series, TALON, ON THE WING and the third book TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE are getting published and are nearly finish, i am writing on the fourth book TALON, HUNTING THE HUNTER.
Up to now i have written over 125 000 words in that one. Even i had thrown out 5 chapters already to put them in the next on in the Talon series, the words just getting more and more. They just appear and i write them down. And so the word flowing out of my hands.
Since the first book, TALON, COME FLY WITH ME has only a bit over 45 000 words and the second book has 93 000 words and the third has 113 000 words. Now i believe it is getting a bit long. I am thinking of deviding it, but again, where should i do that? That is the heard question. It has to be on the right spot and where is that? A very diffecult question i have to face.
But again, i am only at the first revision of the fourth book in the Talon series. Everything can still happen.

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Review by David Broughton

Review by David Broughton. Too Tall
My review of
Talon, Come Fly With Me
By Gigi Sedlmayer

This is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time, of any variety. (I
review a lot of books, so I see more than most people.) The lead character is
young Matica is from Australia but now lives in Pucara, located on a high and
open, sandy, vast plateau of the Andes about a thousand meters up in Peru,
South America. Matica finds and befriends a rare condor, and eventually the
condor's family. The condor family becomes part of Matica's family, in a way after
Matica and her father do their best to protect them from poachers. Everyone in
the family helps hatch their egg …
that's just the beginning of the story.

There is a lot in this book, in many ways, it's a unique story a
great read, but there must be more than a hundred lessons it can teach
children, without them ever knowing they're learning anything. There are
lessons about ecology, family, native ways, just to name a few. This story
somewhat leaves me at a loss for what to say about it. All the superfluous
words in my arsenal fail to do it justice. Talon is so good on so many levels,
that adults will enjoy it, so will children, whether the children can read it
themselves of have it read to them. There is drama, humor, and a flight of fancy
or two throughout Talon.

The only odd thing that caught this editor's eye was the British
(and Aussie) spellings and punctuation style. Once I got used to that, it
flowed beautifully. This book is a keeper, that's for sure. If you buy the hard
cover edition, you'll want to hand it down through the family for generations
to come, it's that good. I guess that's all I can say about the book; the
author on the other hand, is a story waiting to be told. I'll let her tell it,
when she's ready, it should be quite the interesting story too. You'd never
know from this book that English is her third language.

P.S. to the author: Keep that editor, he or she is worth their
weight in platinum!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Talon, come fly with me

Review by John Nuetzel. Author

Review of TALON, Come Fly With Me
By Gisela Sedlmayer

I am not normally a fan of young adult fiction. But my mind was captured by Sedlmayer and her skillful means of drawing a young mind into her mold and sending it out into the world again with confidence and purpose. We write for the young with three aims. We educate them, we entertain them and, above all, we inspire them. The TALON series does all that.
TALON is a rich tale set in the Peruvian foothills of the majestic Andes. It is a classic story of a young girl hobbled by a birth disorder and who bears all the associated negative esteem. Her family is kind and supportive but there is much wanting in her young life. Matica’s condition is compounded by her being a cultural anomaly, the daughter of Australians transplanted among the Peruvian indigenous as she questions her worth and her place in the world around her.
The author draws on nature and its character to make Matica aware of her latent, innate talents and to give her a newfound and enviable identity, an identity celebrated by all around her and which ultimately leads to her unconditional acceptance among the local people.
Sedlmayers use of the birds and animals to string her lessons imparts a kindness and device to instill a respect for life to any age for the world around us and its fragile inhabitants. TALON is a well constructed, parent friendly work with digestible chapters, each bearing a soft lesson.
Rarely do I read a work that would not only fulfill the three aims above but I believe that TALON would inspire a young person to consider, no, aspire to write as well. These works showcase the fun, the zeal, the satisfaction of storytelling.
I only wish that my grown up daughters were children again so I could read the TALON series to them at bedtime. As it is, I’m a thousand miles away from my grandchildren so that will have to wait for the golden moment yet to come.

Arlington Nuetzel, Gosnell, Arkansas USA author of The Low January Sun, Murder in March Commons, Telephoto, 2027, New Madrid, Missouri and The Bower Bird and Other Stories

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


Quote from the first book, TALON, COME FLY WITH ME

 Matica and her father watched the condors for a moment before beginning their climb back down the mountain. As the condors flew overhead, they often blotted out the sun with two black coloured bodies and one brown one.
Tamo landed on his ridge where he had stood before and encouraged Talon to do the same. After Talon joined him, Tamo let himself f...all and Talon fol-lowed him without any hesitation.
‘Hey, Dad,’ Matica said, beaming with delight, ‘he passed the test.’
Out of sheer joy and happiness, Talon landed and flew again and again. After the fourth landing, he fell again and picked up a good updraught of wind and spiralled high up into the sky. His parents followed him.
Approaching the bottom of the mountain,

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Talon, come fly with me

Youtube animation clip by Martina about the first book TALON, COME FLY WITH ME


Youtube animation clip by Martina about the first book TALON, COME FLY WITH ME and the second book TALON ON THE WING


Talon, come fly with me

Quote from my first book TALON, COME FLY WITH ME

How happy they are, Matica thought, looking after them. I wish I could have a friend like Emelio. Oh, well, at least I have Tamo, but he’s a bird, not a human.

The dragonfly was still there and she said to it, ‘You are supposed to be small, but not me. If only the Indians could understand.’

Presently the dragonfly hovered around the tree in the bright afternoon sunshine. As she followed it with her eyes, it flitted back and forth. ‘Your life is so carefree, but not mine.’ She sighed as the dragonfly sped high into the sky, returned and came to a dead stop in an instant, hovering in the heat of the day. Speeding up again, it disappeared amongst the branches of the huge tree.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Quote from my first book in the Talon series, TALON, COME FLY WITH ME

Matica was almost asleep when a thought struck her like a lightning bolt. Her eyes popped open. She jumped out of bed so fast that she nearly fell into Aikon’s bed.

Aikon propped up on his elbow and rubbed his eyes, looking sleepy. ‘What’s the matter?’

Matica shook her head and sat down again. ‘Aikon...