I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer and illustrator. I tried many other things first but when I eventually did try it on for size it fitted like a glorious new skin. And I never looked back.
That said, my love of books did start quite young. In a white dusty box, in an old crumbly shed, in a small costal town many miles away, there are hundreds of books I created as a wee thing. One was called ‘The Magic Watch’. Many involved strange fantasy creatures. All of them were bad. But they were a beginning.
After that I grew a bit taller and got a bit older. I finished school, started uni, worked a lot and travelled even more. At some point along my journey I found writing and illustrating again, or it found me, no one’s really sure anymore. But either way we’ve been best friends since.
I write mid-grade / young adult novels and both write and illustrate picture books. I am represented by the wonderful Cameron Creswell Agency, and some of my work is also represented overseas by the US agency Inkwell. My first picture book was published by Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia) in August 2011 and the second came out in October 2012. I’ve had a number of stories published in The School Magazine and anthologies such as Short and Scary, and in 2010 I was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for my writing. In 2008 I won an Australian Society of Authors mentorship to develop a fantasy novel of mine with Kate Forsyth. I also won the 2009 CYA Writing and Illustrating Conference competition for picture book illustrations. Visit me on my website to see everything else I’ve been up to in the last few millennia.
I currently divide my time between Brisbane (Australia) and Ottawa (Canada).