Australian children's writer, with a background in Zoology and Zookeeping.
Hi! Welcome to my web page. Feel free to look around. I hope you find something to interest or inspire you – or perhaps both.
I was the sort of little kid who spent her play time sorting through stones to find the ones with sparkly specks in them. I thought the specks were flecks of gold. I also thought I could predict the weather, and solve any problem if I thought about it for long enough. Jump a few years, to a tween who conned her friends to help put on plays (that she wrote) for very tolerant relatives. I was a fairly serious student at school, determined to do well so I could follow my dreams. I studied Zoology at university and loved it. However, as no one was throwing a job at me when I finished my Masters, I took a side-step into the fascinating world of zookeeping, which kept me busy for ten years! (See photo - me with a young wombat. If only all zookeeping tasks were so cute and cuddly!) I worked part-time, and spent many other hours writing - firstly scientific reports on my research results, then articles for popular magazines and short stories.
home front, I enjoyed going backpacking overseas every few years, for months at a time. I have been very lucky
to have visited parts of Africa, Asia, South America,
Time waits for no one, so my work was put on hold for a while when my partner and I decided it
was time to start a family. Now our daughter is 11, and I have been
writing for children for over a decade. We still love to travel though
- especially to beaches - although our destinations and modes of
travel have become somewhat less adventurous. In 2007 we towed a
camper-trailer around outback
I am now happily immersed in the wonderful world of children’s literature., specialising in animal and nature-related topics. I have been lucky to have published non fiction books, articles, verse and other assorted bits and pieces for young readers.
I was thrilled when my non fiction book "Great Barrier Reef Under Threat" (Macmillan Education, 2011) received a Commendation (Children's series) in the Royal Zoological Society's Whitley Awards, 2011, and was shortlisted for the Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature, 2012 .
I have new books coming out in 2014. See my "Publications" page or "News" page for info as it comes to hand.
My plans for the future? Continuing to write for children, and branching out into Trade fiction books for children – especially picture books. I am always writing and submitting to publishers...and keeping my fingers firmly crossed.
Current works-in-progress include picture book manuscripts, a book of articles about animals and a mid-grade fantasy novel (I think nearly every writer has one of those on the backburner).
Thanks for visiting. Feel free to have a look at my Recent News and Publications pages via the links at the top left-hand side of this page. I hope you will drop by again some time!