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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.
Now I still search for life's flecks of gold through writing.
Zoology and zookeeping (see photo of me with a young wombat - if only
tasks were so cute and cuddly!), and have been lucky to visit parts of
Africa, Asia, South America,
Now happily immersed in the wonderful world of childrenâ€™s literature, I often find myself writing about animal and nature-related topics (go figure).
I have published numerous non fiction books about animals, as well as articles, verse and other assorted bits and pieces for young readers. I am very keen to have some of my fiction Picture Books published, and am furiously working away at that goal.
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 .
My plans for the future? To continue to write for children, and to branch out into Trade fiction books for children â€“ especially picture books.
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