A little bit of background…ok a lot.
I am a teacher, mother, children’s author and picture book enthusiast!
Growing up, I was always reading, dressing up or performing to my family – much to their despair. At school I enjoyed all things creative and went on to complete a double degree at Monash University; a Bachelor of Arts and Education with a major in Criminology and a minor in Drama. As a part of my studies I also completed an Integration Aide course.
After I completed University I was offered my dream job as a teacher at a wonderful Independent School. Over the years I have taught Drama from year levels 5 -12, Legal Studies, Humanities (or SOSE) including Indigenous, Chinese and Vietnamese History and also the history of India (which included an exchange program for myself and my students). I also directed a number of school productions, both devised and scripted and discovered a newfound love and appreciation for the Australian landscape through camps and Outdoor Education hikes.
As you may tell my interest are about as varied as a Retro Bag of Allen’s Lollies, but all of these interests make for more interesting stories, which brings me to this blog. Since having my children and being on maternity leave I’ve rekindled my love of storytelling and have been writing picture books. This may sound easy, but it’s well known in the industry that it’s much more complicated than it looks. I’ve been honing my craft over the last 4 years, by writing, editing, reading and entering writing competitions.
Courses I have completed
- Australian Writers’ Centre ‘Writing Picture Books’
- Enterprising Words ‘Picture Book Course’
- Scribbles Creative Writing Course
- Scribbles Masterclass 2018
- Scribbles Masterclass 2019
- Metre Matters: Rhyming Course
- Australian Writers’ Centre ‘Writing Chapter Book 6-9 year olds’
Networks I am a part of
- I am a member of The Creative Kids Tale Network – please check out my bio here
- I am an ongoing member of the Scribbles Community & The Duck Pond, of course!
- I am also a member of the Share Your Story Community – who did a feature article of me in 2017. You can see that here!
Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids
In 2019, my short story ‘The Butcher’s Boy’ was selected and published in the Share Your Story’s Anthology, ‘Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids.’ This is a not-for-profit initiative and with every book sold another will be donated to a brave child in an Australian hospital. This spooktacular book has had fantastic reviews, been an Amazon #1 Bestseller and was a finalist in the International Book Excellence Awards. If you would like to read more about this story and where to buy a copy for yourself the details are on this Blog Post.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
In 2018, two of my stories, ‘Charlotte’s Christmas Wish’ and ‘Santa Mouse,’ were selected for Share Your Story’s, ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ Anthology. For the last two years I have used it in my ‘Mrs Claus Storytelling’ sessions at preschools. The kids have loved it and I’ve loved sharing my stories.
All proceeds from the sales of this book go towards buying bikes for pre-service teachers in Tanzania. If you would like to purchase a copy (it makes for a beautful Christmas gift) please find the links on this Blog Post
As you can see I’m passionate about children’s literature and I’ve have seen first hand the positive influence a love of books has had on my own children. So here I am, sharing my love of picture books and sharing what I learn along the way.
I’m glad you found me and please comment on my posts so we can enjoy talking books together!