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.
Now I still search for life's flecks of gold through writing.
I trained in
Zoology and zookeeping (see photo of me with a young wombat - if only all zookeeping
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 children’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 – especially picture books.
Thanks for visiting. Check out my Recent News and Publications pages via the links at the top left-hand side of this page to find out what's new. I hope you will drop by again some time!