Award winning Australian children's writer, Education Officer, trained zoologist and zookeeper, and sustainable living advocate.
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I have been interested in animals and stories for as long as I can remember. As a youngster, I loved reading Enid Blyton fantasy and mystery stories, and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I conned friends on numerous occasions to help me put on plays for my unfortunate relatives. I studied Zoology at university and really loved it. However, after finishing a Masters thesis about how guide dog trainers assess the temperament of their dogs, I faced the sad reality that long-term jobs in zoology were few and far between. I took a side-step into the fascinating world of zookeeping, which kept me busy for ten years!
the home front, I was constantly saving up for the next
trip overseas with my partner. We usually
went AWOL every few
years. We have been lucky to have visited
parts of Africa, Asia, South America,
Now we are older and have a 9-year-old daughter, our destinations and modes of travel have become somewhat more comfortable. In 2007 we spent 14 weeks towing a camper-trailer around outback Australia. It was a bit different from sharing the back of a truck with 23 South American farmers...but there were a few similarities at times!
More than a decade ago, I changed from full-time to part-time zokeeping employment to devote more time to pursue my interest in writing. But a happy event intervened and, after a two-year hiatus dedicated exclusively to my growing family (which sounds so much more civilised than the reality of the domestic madness that comes with having a new baby), I now write from my home office while my daughter attends school. I also work casually as an Education Programs Officer at a local urban farm. I think I may have stumbled on the perfect combination of stimulation, creativity, nurturing and domesticitiy. They all combine into a wonderful feedback loop that helps to generate more writing ideas.
My early publications consisted of scientific papers and non-fiction articles. Along the way there was also an article for a zoo encyclopedia and an instructional manual that taught children how to breed stick insects! 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 that 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
continuing to write for children, and branching out into Trade fiction
for children – especially picture books.
works-in-progress include picture book manuscripts and a
I live in
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