The Official Bit – My Biography
Emma is an internationally published author of commercial fiction and non-fiction for adults; experienced presenter; passionate advocate for children’s literacy in disadvantaged communities; and founder of the planet-friendly start-up DEED bags. She has been featured widely in local, national and international print press; and was a guest author on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour when she lived in London.
Emma has a lifelong passion for shoes and fashion, which is strongly reflected in her published titles to date (‘A Passion for Shoes’, ‘A Passion for Handbags’ – RPS, London and US, 2002; ‘The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy’, Bloomsbury UK, 2009). She’s very excited to announce the publication of the children’s picture book collaboration ‘Wonderful Shoes’ in May 2021 by the award-winning team at Windy Hollow Books, and illustrated by the acclaimed Australian kidlit creator Tania McCartney.
Emma has been shortlisted in the ‘Scribbles Creative Writing Awards’ sponsored by HarperCollins Australia for picture book and middle grade stories (2018 and 2019). She is happiest when surrounded by a huddle of children in the classroom, sitting at her desk writing her next story or handcrafting her latest DEED bag.
Emma enjoys a happy creative life with a strong emphasis on giving back to the community.
While fashion, sewing and the environment have been lifelong passions of Emma’s, she pursued healthcare and corporate careers after graduating from the University of Queensland with a double degree in Science (chemistry, biochemistry, psychology) and Occupational Therapy (First Class Honours). Emma worked in London for eleven years, where she also had both of her children in the early 2000s. As a new mum, she was overjoyed to rediscover her creative-writing and fashion-loving interests, which resulted in the publication of her first three books.
Emma now resides in Melbourne with her family, where in 2017 she found the courage to follow her dream of starting her own slow fashion business, DEED bags – through which she is able to actively support the reduction of plastics in the environment, as well as contribute financially to charities via donations and social media fundraising campaigns.
Emma is a long-term supporter of the Melbourne-based children’s education charity, Ardoch. In 2016, she was invited by Ardoch to help establish their ‘Writer in Residence’ Program – which has since gone on to receive corporate funding and enable five published authors to be placed in schools each year. Emma is an active member of the book community in Australia (SCBWI; CBCA; ASA; Writers Vic) and was invited to be an official blogger for the annual children’s literature conference, ‘KidLitVic Meet the Publishers’ in Melbourne (2019).