I adore children, and find them to be some of the most authentic, engaging and interesting humans on the planet! And I’m passionate about writing stories for them with strong positive themes around science, maths and nature, which will particularly appeal to reluctant readers. My current works-in-progress include several picture book texts and a middle-grade fiction novel – all of which are at various stages of development. Please do watch this space for news on publications.
I’ve been writing and independently publishing illustrated junior fiction stories with primary school children in Melbourne via classroom workshops since 2006, with fun titles like ‘Have You Ever Seen a Blue Banana?’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘The Parrot and the Scarecrow’, ‘Pencil Pandemonium’ (2016), ‘Freddie the Famous Ferret’ (2017) and ‘Super Astro Chicken and the Giant Red Tomato’ (2018). The latter three titles were part of my yearly ‘Writer In Residence’ workshops for the education charity Ardoch which run for one whole term each year, and involve work-shopping stories which are grounded in their current curriculum learning areas and are illustrated by the children. I’ve written a blog about the enormous fun I had writing Pencil Pandemonium with the students at Sunshine Primary School and always look forward to Term 3 now each year, to see where Ardoch would like me to go for the next Writer in Residence!
Q: Why have you chosen to write children’s books?
I loved reading books as a child; and I equally loved reading them to my own two children. I passionately believe that books play a vitally important role in children’s social, emotional and intellectual development. It’s my great privilege to be the Ambassador for Ardoch’s Annual School Readiness Book Drive – where each year, thousands of picture books are collected and donated to preschool children in areas of need throughout Victoria.
I will write a book if I feel that I have a new story to tell and an original character to share. The two most important things when it comes to taking on a new writing project, in my opinion.