What do you write?

Words mostly. Often in the form of picture books and mid-grade / young adult novels but also articles, blog posts and sometimes even shopping lists. I love fantasies, grand adventures, whimsy, melancholy and all light and shade. I also adore humour (much silliness happens at my desk).


Where do your ideas come from?

I’m a long time collector of ideas. They can be found in books, on TV, tumbling down streets, lurking in conversations, stowing away on boats and what-not. Ideas hide almost everywhere – you need special glasses to see them.


Have you had anything published?

My first picture book was published by Viking (an imprint of Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia) in 2011 and my second came out late 2012. I’ve had a number of stories in The School Magazine and anthologies such as Short and Scary. In 2008 I was awarded an Australian Society of Authors mentorship to develop a junior novel of mine with Kate Forsyth. I also won the 2009 CYA Writing and Illustrating Conference competition for picture book illustrations. My website lists everything else I’ve been up to in the last few millennia.


What other jobs have you worked?

Essential oils salesperson

Christmas gift wrapper

Medical courier: I carried stuff around a hospital – letters, medicine, body parts (seriously – once I carried a leg in a jar)

Waitress / kitchen hand

Bounty hunter

Children’s counsellor

I’m also a bad liar. Can you tell?

Do you have any pets?

One crazy, hairy, mischievous, knee-licking and yet still adorable puppy. I also desperately want a rabbit, but we’re not allowed them in QLD. I’m considering applying for a magician’s licence to get around it. Shazam.


Peanut butter

Hayao Miyazaki

Smell of burnt sugarcane






Exclamation marks (they’re evil)


Ninja or pirate?

Pirate.  But not the ‘scurvy rotten-teeth’ kind. The ‘Johnny Depp dirty-dreadies awesome-outfit’ kind.


Name three thoughts right at this moment

These questions are kinda silly.

I wonder who wrote them?

Hey, that cloud looks like a rabbit drinking tea…


What are you wearing?

Now that’s a little personal.


How can we find out more about you?

Visit my website or e-mail me: katherinebattersby [at] gmail [dot] com

About this Blog…

A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

All text & images  Katherine Battersby

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